Nutrition Programs

Malnutrition is disproportionately prevalent in poor, rural regions and developing countries. Nutrition efforts are often coordinated via large, integrated paper-based systems, and often lack real-time data.

Mobile technology can overcome these problems and support these nutrition programs, such as Growth Monitoring and Promotion (GMP), Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), and Positive Deviance/Hearth (PD/H).

CommCare tracks 10% of malnourished children in India, and 1 in 50 malnourished children in world. Platform helps programs diagnose problems 41% faster than paper tools, so community health workers spend more time registering new patients and administering better care to the ones they have.

Learn how CommCare helps nutrition programs around the world.

Benefits of Mobile Data Collection in
Nutrition Programs

Case management and registration enables patients to be easily tracked across multiple visits, facilitating a continuum of personalized care.

Complex anthropometric calculations (e.g. weight-for-age tables) automatically simplify community health workers’ workflows based on the data collected.

Mobile apps support real-time data collection both online and offline, enabling programs to provide immediate feedback based on the data collected.

Case sharing capabilities enable multiple CMAM sites to track specific children through to completion of nutritional rehabilitation programs.

Data validations and display conditions, or skip logic, both reduce time spent and increase the accuracy and completeness of data collection at the point of entry.

Multimedia-enabled behavior change messaging engage patients with positive health practices and notifies them of the availability of local nutritional programs.

Featured CommCare-Based
Nutrition Programs

Real Medicine Foundation

Educators calculate MUAC to identify children with Severe and Moderate Acute Malnutrition, offering support & counseling.

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Food for the Hungry

Health workers use CommCare during GMP sessions in Cabo Delgado, a province with one of the highest malnutrition rates in Mozambique.

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Operation Smile

Community health workers use CommCare to track the nutritional status of children with cleft lip and palates in Assam ahead of their surgeries.

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The Latest on Mobile Data Collection in
Nutrition Programs

Updates and advice from our world-class partners and Global Services team

Dimagi Presents at Government of India Seminar on Tech for Service Delivery

Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson presents the largest e-nutrition program in the world, ICDS-CAS, at a Government of India Seminar.

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CommCare for Community Management of Acute Malnutrition

Grassroots NGO, Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti, uses CommCare to streamline its workers’ adherence to the CMAM model to reduce malnutrition in India.

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Training Community Nutrition Educators in Madhya Pradesh to use CommCare

An NGO in Khandwa and the Real Medicine Foundation trains 60 community nutrition educators to fight malnutrition in five districts.

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Learn more about CommCare

Learn how the world’s most powerful mobile data collection platform can help your program

More than 2000 projects across 80 countries rely on CommCare for their mobile data collection and reporting needs.

“We are ready to design applications that are everything from simple and straightforward to those with challenging and unique designs and use cases.”
- Ted Barlow, President

“CommCare gave us the ability to control the experience of our fieldbased data collectors, which drastically reduced human error.”
- Bhawna Mangla, Senior Research Associate

“Thank you for helping us to gather data, refine programming, and spread the message about our impact in fighting global climate change and extreme poverty.”
- Sarah Baird, Executive Director