A mobile health application to manage acute malnutrition: lessons from developing and piloting the app in five countries

by Tine Frank, Emily Keane, Natalie Roschni et al.
World Vision / Save the Children, 2017

20 pp. 1.4 MB
http://www.transformnutrition.org/wp-
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Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is a proven high-impact and cost-effective approach in the treatment of acute malnutrition in developing countries. It enables community health workers and volunteers to identify and initiate treatment for children with acute malnutrition before they become seriously ill, using ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF). However, the success of CMAM is limited if treatment protocols are not followed, record keeping and data management is poor and reliable data is not available in time for decision makers. There is strong evidence that mobile device based (mHealth) applications can improve frontline health workers’ ability to apply CMAM treatment protocols more effectively and to improve the provision of supply chain management.

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