Malnutrition is a global crisis and in our country, due to the ever-increasing population and other factors, the number of malnourished kids is really high.
Ayush Gharat, a boy studying in the 9th grade has developed an app to help tackle the problem of malnutrition in India. Despite his young age, Gharat has already been certified as an Android developer.
His software, mNutrition offers organizations a way to ensure children on streets get enough food and also help them spot any signs of malnutrition so they can be quickly dealt with.
As per a World Bank report, 44 percent of children in our country under the age of 5 are severely malnourished. This makes them susceptible to diseases and also stunts their growth. Malnutrition is the leading cause of child mortality in India.
The simple mobile application has been designed in a way that social workers can enter medical details like age, sex, height, weight, etc of the children. The app then uses WHO’s 2006 calculation tables to detect if a child is grossly underweight and malnourished.
Furthermore, the app has been designed in a way that local community workers can use the app even if they are not literate. The app then stores the child’s medical information and this can be used to monitor treatment with food supplements and antibiotics.
The application is a major upgrade from today's monitoring methods and is compatible with iOS, Android and web apps.