ASPPH logo


Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Johns Hopkins: Faculty Receives Funds from Johnson & Johnson for Frontline Worker Digital Health Research in Bangladesh

Dr. Alain Labrique, associate professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a $500,000 grant from Johnson & Johnson to test new innovations within mCARE, a randomized trial of a mobile device-based health information system connecting women of reproductive age with frontline health workers and clinical services in rural Bangladesh. With the successful pilot phase of mCARE completed and a large-scale randomized trial underway, Dr. Labrique, research associate Ms. Kelsey Alland and other team members will test innovations in workflow optimization using artificial intelligence and machine-learning approaches to maximize timely service coverage.

Developed through a collaboration between the Bloomberg School, mPower Social Enterprises and the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, mCARE was pilot-tested in Gaibandha District, Bangladesh, where over 70 percent of births occur at home and a skilled birth attendant attends fewer than 20 percent of home deliveries. In the implementation arm of the study, covering over 600 pregnancies, the proportion of pregnant women receiving prenatal care visits increased threefold, among other findings.

This new funding from Johnson & Johnson will help expand mCARE’s coverage to more than 12,000 pregnant women and 6,000 newborns, working in partnership with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, mPower Social Enterprises and ONA.

Learn more