Non-communicable diseases and stroke have become a major concern in Pakistan, as the country undergoes a demographic transition. Studies show evidence of a high burden of stroke in the population, with about one in every four adults falling victim to hypertension and/or diabetes, heart disease or a stroke equivalent. Furthermore, medical complications are common after acute stroke, contributing to adverse health outcomes. Mortality rates of 12% are reported in the first year post-discharge.
In a country lacking post-stroke rehabilitation facilities, AKDN dHRC and the Aga Khan University (AKU) Stroke Programme collaborated to develop Rahbar, an electronic prescription app with educational videos for stroke patients and their caregivers.
The application offers user-friendly design with robust functionality that equips stroke patients and their caregivers with a powerful tool to address day-to-day complications. The application was developed as a result of a successful pilot study, Movies4Stroke, which was carried out through evidence-based research and clinical testing at AKU. Rahbar is the first mobile solution prescribed to patients at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi. It is currently included as part of the Mind and Brain service line and aims to reduce the number of re-admissions and avoidable deaths due to aspiration pneumonia.