THE TEAM

Core Team

Ruchit Nagar

Ruchit Nagar is the co-founder and CEO of Khushi Baby. Over the past two years, he has overseen the project's overall growth from its onset, from design through fundraising, development, implementation, and evaluation. Ruchit completed his Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Health at the Yale School of Public Health, with his thesis on the first randomized controlled trial for Khushi Baby’s impact evaluation. Ruchit was named to Forbes magazine’s 2016, 30 under 30 list in Healthcare, and will continue to lead the vision of Khushi Baby moving forward, as a student at Harvard Medical School, and also as a Co-PI of Khushi Baby’s second randomized evaluation

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruchit-nagar-9971047a
Twitter: @ruchitnagar

Mohammad Shahnawaz

Mohammad Shahnawaz is the COO of Khushi Baby, and Co-PI of Khushi Baby’s second randomized controlled trial. A former doctoral candidate at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research Jaipur with over seven years of experience in the public health sector, Shahnawaz came in contact with Khushi Baby in July 2014 during its first scoping visit in India; the pressing issue of low child immunization and Khushi Baby's powerful technological solution caught his attention. Shahnawaz later went on to become the lead PI for Khushi Baby’s first Randomised Control Trial, supported by the Johns Hopkins University Future Health System's Young Researcher Grant. Shahnawaz now oversees field operations, research, logistics, and local partnerships, leading the team here in India full-time.

Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/mohammed-shahnawaz-70600959
Twitter: @shahkhushibaby

Preethi Venkat

Preethi is the CRO of Khushi Baby and Co-PI of Khushi Baby’s second randomized controlled trial. Preethi joined the Khushi Baby team in August 2014, having graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Psychology. In college, Preethi developed a passion for understanding and alleviating factors that drive health disparities in India through her work with Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement). She graduated with an MPH in Epidemiology and Global Health at the Yale School of Public Health in 2016, and is currently pursuing an MD at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Preethi's roles at Khushi Baby include research/data analysis, fundraising and operations management.

Twitter: @naansequitur__

Vijendra Banshiwal

Dr. Vijendra Banshiwal joined Khushi Baby in July 2016 in the role of a project manager. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS), Jaipur and has also completed a Master’s degree in Health Management from IIHMR, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Before joining Khushi Baby, he worked as a District Program Coordinator (DPC) in the department of Health and Family Welfare in National Health Mission (NHM), Gujarat, India.

Tanooj Luthra

Tanooj leads Khushi Baby’s technology platform. Tanooj went to UC Berkeley to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He's always had a strong entrepreneurial nature and right after college started a cloud storage company, Streem, which was incubated through Y-Combinator. After raising money, and growing the company, Tanooj sold the company to Box where he is currently a senior engineer working on the platform. Outside of work he really enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanoojluthra
Twitter: @tanoojl

Bhupesh Nagar

Bhupesh Nagar has been in IT profession with over 25 years of diverse experience in various industries such as Energy Trading, Manufacturing, Engineering and BioMedical. He currently serves as a Project Manager for the KB Team in managing the development of KB mobile application.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bhupeshnagar

Pawan Singh

Pawan Singh Bhadauriya joined Khushi Baby in June 2016 and is the Project Associate for Khushi Baby’s second randomized evaluation.. He conducted his post-gard at Kanpur University with a master’s degree in Sociology. Pawan has experience in M&E, recruitment, training, field operations, conducting community level meetings, and questionnaire design. He worked with J-PAL South Asia at IFMR from 2011-16, as a Project Associate across multiple projects (Health, Poverty, Education) for field implementation, operations, surveying, and M&E.

Hamid Abdullah

Hamid Abdullah is Project Coordinator at Khushi Baby, joining in 2016. Prior to becoming part of the Khushi Baby family, he did his did his MSW at Central University Himachal Pradesh and also studied English Honors.

Consultants

Doma Sherpa

Doma Sherpa is an MBA health management graduate from IIHMR university Jaipur. She started as a summer intern with Khushi Baby in April 2015, conducting formative scoping work on the implementation of the first Khushi Baby system prototype. She has represented KB in different innovation challenges in India such as FICCI Heal 2016 and Tech4Raj Udaipur Startup pitch competition where Khushi Baby won second and first place respectively. She recently completed her dissertation on a barrier analysis of reporting mechanisms for the standard Maternal Child Nutrition Day and has lead the field prototyping exercises of Khushi Baby’s 2.0 platform, liaising with our consultant partners from Frog. Doma will join Novartis this August, but continues to serve as a chief technical consultant for Khushi Baby’s platform development.

Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/doma-sherpa-b6754622

Sukumar Salokhe

Sukumar Salokhe is a Technical Lead at Mobisoft Infotech, with over 10 years of experience working in software development. He overseas frontend and backend product development for KB 2.0.

Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/sukumarsalokhe

Jitendra Kolte

Jitendra Kolte takes care of our Android application development. He is employed with Mobisoft Infotech Pvt. Ltd. as a Sr. Software Engineer. He has completed his B.E. from North Maharastra University, Jalgaon and also completed CDAC from Sunbeam Institute, Pune. He has proven track record of submitting many successful android applications.

Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/jitendra-kolte-74a0345b

Gurudeep Singh

Gurudeep is a Technical Analyst for SYSCOM Corporation, part of Safran Identity & Security in Noida. Gurudeep directs a team of engineers who collaborate with KB to integrate biometric and security features into the KB platform.

Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/gurudeep-singh-50197453

Interns

Deepa Manjanatha

Deepa Manjanatha recently graduated from UC Berkeley having studied Economics and Public Policy. She holds a passion for topics in health and targeting sources of societal inequity that exist in health accessibility. Triggered by an internship working on food accessibility issues in her hometown, Little Rock (Arkansas), Deepa looks to use her econometric analytic skills to create impactful and sustainable solutions to persistent sources of health disparity. With Khushi Baby, Deepa will be assisting in research design and cost effectiveness analysis.

Farhana Jamal

Farhana Jamal is a recent graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, majoring in Sociology. Her experience assisting studies improving maternal and child health in rural Thatta (Pakistan) spurred her interest in public health. Her passion for entrepreneurship, technology, and public health lies at the intersection of Khushi Baby’s mission to mitigate the vaccination gap using wearable technology. At Khushi Baby, Farhana collaborates in qualitative research and grant writing.

Logan Stone

Logan Stone: Logan joined Khushi Baby in March 2015. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in the History of Science and Medicine and will pursue a career in medicine. Logan's role at Khushi Baby includes Research Analysis, Grant Applications, Educational Resources, Logistical Operations, and Social Media.

Advisors

Joseph Zinter

Joseph Zinter, PhD is the Assistant Director at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), and a Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. In addition to teaching design-based courses within the CEID, he also lectures and conducts workshops on design thinking, design process, and rapid prototyping. Prior to joining Yale, he acted as Design Preceptor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and as a Clinical Specialist in cardiac rhythm management for Medtronic. He holds a BA (Fairfield University) in Engineering, a BS (Columbia University) and MS (Cornell University) in Applied Physics, a MHS (Yale School of Medicine), and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Yale University). Dr. Zitner taught the class which gave birth to Khushi Baby and has been an advisor on all things design ever since.

Robert Hopkins

Robert “Bo” Hopkins, has over 25 years of private industry investment, management, and consulting experience. As a Managing Partner with CM Equity Partners he has led and participated in direct equity investments. During this period he has served on the boards of portfolio companies across industries in government services, manufacturing and consumer products. In addition to board responsibilities, Mr. Hopkins was Chief Executive Officer of Evans Consoles, a manufacturing and technology company based in Alberta, Canada. He is a lecturer at the Jackson School of Global Affairs at Yale and also co-taught the class that gave birth to Khushi Baby. Bo advises Khushi Baby on business and strategy.

Martin Klein

Martin Klein, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs at the Yale School of Public Health, and is responsible for the offices of development, alumni relations, and communications. He is the founder and Director of InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative. Martin came to the School from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he was Associate Dean for Student Services and Administrative Operations. Prior to joining Yale, he was the Associate Dean for Primary Care at New York Medical College, where he co-founded and co-led the Center for Primary Care Education and Research. He was an Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine and taught a variety of topics, including managed care, medical informatics, and physician communication skills. With KB, Dr. Klein advises the team on collaborations for further social impact.

Shail Sinhasane

Shailendra Sinhasane (Shail) working with Mobisoft Infotech has grown the organization to about 200 associates. In the Healthcare segment, Shail has worked on the ’Savi’ tablet specifically designed for senior citizens. He is working with the McDevitt Research Lab at Rice University and NYU under SensoDX as a commercial brand and developed a mobile app for lab-on-chip solution. In Transportation Safety initiative, he and his team defined IF-IQ (www.ifreeiq.com) patent-pending interruptions free tracking mechanism for driver's safety on roads. Shail has co-started '111Startups.com' as incubation+ program to help entrepreneurs validate their product concepts and get opportunity to pitch it to investors. With his leadership, Mobisoft Infotech has achieved several awards including being #8 ranked in FAST 100 awards by Houston Business Journa, 1st Prize winner of the best app at the Consumer Electronic Show, Las Vegas 2012. Shail is a graduate of the University of Houston with an MS in computer science.

Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/sunshail

We would like to thank:

Alam Geer  •   Shirish Dhore  •   Amanpreet Kaur  •   Ellen Su  •  Levi Leduke  •  Rajiv Chegu  •  Sana Sharma  •  MENG491
Praneeth Sada  •  John Swensen  •   Ifedolapo Omiwole  •  Leen van Besien   •  Teja Padma  •  Aaron Lewis  •  Abhi Nayar  •  Anjali Chandrashekar
Wissem Gamra  •  Uzma Maryam  •   Archa Misra  •  Tarun Singh   •  Sanjana Malhotra  •  Ujjwal Anand  •  Nishant Jain  •  Sara Locke
Zahra (Zazu) Janoowalla  • Tyler Petrochko  •   Isis Tian  •  James Thomas   •  Julia Reyes  •  Thomas Zilong Wang  •  Daniel James  •  Olaide Ojewale

OUR PROGRESS

March 2014:Project starts in the Yale CEID, through Bo Hopkins and Joseph Zinter’s “Appropriate Tech for the Developing World” course
April 2014:KB wins the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health
June 2014:beta app is developed
December 2014:305 backers pledged $31,500 on Kickstarter, helping to bring our pilot study to fruition
May 2015:KB initiated collaboration with the Yale Human Nature Lab under Dr. Nicholas Christakis
June 2015:Mohammed Shahnawaz awarded JHU Future Health Systems Young Researcher Award
August 2015:KB starts its first randomized trial in Udaipur
August 2015:KB awarded $250,000 research grant from 3ie and BMGF to scale within the government context
September 2015:Team KB travels to London for the 3ie impact evaluation workshop
November 2015:KB wins the UNICEF Wearables for Good Challenge
January 2016:KB begins incubator program designed by UNICEF, ARM and frog design
January 2016:Selected to participate in CAMTech Entrepreneurs Bootcamp
January 2016:Ruchit Nagar makes the Forbes 30 under 30 list for healthcare entrepreneurs
February 2016:KB receives first prize in the Innovation category at the Tech4Raj Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program in Udaipur
March 2016:KB team invited to San Francisco for incubation workshop with: UNICEF Innovation, Frog, ARM, FactoryX, Orange, GoogleX
April 2016:KB was named a Top 100 finalist for the Classy Awards
May 2016:RCT 1 analyses complete and findings presented by Preethi Venkat at the MIT Rethinking Global Health conference
May 2016:Khushi Baby selected as a finalist for the GAVI INFUSE challenge
June 2016:Preethi Venkat and Joseph Zinter participate in the Classy Awards and Collaborative ‘16
August 2016:Awarded Information Society and Innovation Fund Asia Technical Innovation Award
October 2016:Digital India Trailblazer Rajasthan awarded by Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje
November 2016:National Digital India Trailblazer awarded by Union Minister of Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad

OUR COLLABORATORS

These are some of the organizations that make it possible what we do. We owe a huge thanks to each and every one of them.



If you think we could work together please contact us about becoming a partner.

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FAQ & Financials

India/Seva Mandir

The form factor of a necklace was selected after talking to hundreds of mothers in the villages we serve and observing several children wearing amulets on a black thread for the purpose of warding off disease. The cultural fit of the necklace supports its potential for long-term, local adoptibility.
Mobile phone settings can be changed to display all text in the app in Hindi or in English.
We agree that necklaces are not customary everywhere in India, but we also agree with local tailoring of design to meet cultural needs. As we look to take this technology to new last miles, we will again have to rethink our design so that it conforms to local needs. For us, scaling up requires several steps to be completed beforehand; firstly, we must rigorously evaluate the value propositions of our system, both in terms of data collection efficiency and in terms of efficacy in engaging the community towards their health behavior.
Our team is based both in the US, primarily for development, design and research, but also equally grounded in India when it comes to implementation and evaluation of the project. Seva Mandir, our partner, has been engaged with these communities for 45 years. Our local team from IIHMR, Jaipur also brings tangible, on the ground experience working with the bottom of the pyramid in India.
Seva Mandir hires their own General Nurse Midwives (GNMs) to run monthly immunization camps. Local Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Bal Sakhis (Friends of Children) are also hired and trained by Seva Mandir to individually track mothers, educate them on health issues, and constantly remind them of upcoming immunization camps. The visiting GNMs also provide basic antenatal care which is required by the government.

General

The knot keeping the necklace on the child is very secure and will not come untied easily, thus ensuring that the data is with the patient at all times. However, in the case of emergency or discomfort, the necklace can be untied by an adult or the string can be cut off.
If a child comes to an immunization camp and has lost his or her necklace, the child can be searched in our system by name, mother/father’s name and birthdate. Once the child’s identity is confirmed, a new necklace can be reissued and updated with the child’s immunization history with a single tap.
We are open to different streams of financial support, from social impact investors, charitable donors and crowdfunders, to grants that are looking to validate global health innovations. We are also excited to engage in new partnerships whether you are an NGO, hospital, research institution or for-profit company. Together, we can work to enable new interdisciplinary collaborations that extend our current work.
There is potential to apply our system to a variety of use cases globally; for example, the KB app could be used for Tuberculosis drug therapy tracking, or the storage of emergency information such as blood type and allergies.

Financials

  • 501(c)(3) Certification