My Child App, an app that helps parents screen disorders in their children, has raised $100,000. The funding was led by 500Startups, also angel investors Samir Bangara, Anisha Mittal, Amit Gupta, Pallav Nadhani, Lalit Mangal, Arihant Patni, Dr. Ritesh Malik, Deobrat Singh, Saurab Paruthi and Singapore Angel Network took part in it.
The funding will be used to complete the product and make technological changes in the app. The app was built by Harsh Songra, Aafreen Ansari, and Shreya Shrivastava, three 19-year old college dropouts.
The app takes inputs from parents in the form of questions and metrics like height, weight etc. and finds out if the child is struggling with some learning disorder or any other issue. The idea was developed by one of the founders, Harsh, who was diagnosed with Dyspraxia and this made him realise how important it is to know the problem in the early stages, so it can be treated/handled accordingly.
One of the investors Amit Gupta stated that My Child App is leveraging the power of smartphone to solve real-world health problems. The app also helps parents to diagnose problems like neurological disorders and delayed motor coordination, which can be found in a child as early as 11 months. Also the app suggests actions that can be taken.
Harsh wants to develop a community in the form of a forum to help parents get in touch with other parents and doctors through the app. Not only this but they are also launching a guide for efficient parenting. In next 10 years the app plans to target 50 million downloads and spread the awareness.
This app can be used by partnering up with schools and making sure that the children suffering from these problems are treated accordingly. These problems cannot be detected easily, also parents and teachers tend to ignore them, this app can make sure the child gets enough attention for his problems.
According to a research published in PMC, “Prevalence of mental disorders among children has been reported to be 14-20% in various studies. According to World Health Report, 20% of children and adolescents suffer from a disabling mental illness worldwide and suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents.