Bengaluru student studying in 9th standard Built An App To Care For Malnourished Kids

Kids nowadays are one step extra smart than the children who are supposed to be in the past. We see lot of kids indulging themselves in mobile phones, games & other stuffs but there are some who works hard to bring change &help the vast population of the country. One such great kid is Ayush Gharat who is in Std 9 in the Head Start Educational Academy in Bangalore. What’s great about him is that he's already a certified Associate Android Developer. The little one developed a solution to help the India's vast poor population.

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The boy designed a software solution to help keep India's financially bereft children fed. He has created  mNutrition which helps organisations a way to ensure children on the streets receive enough food, and more so that any signs of malnutrition can be quickly detected and dealt with.

In India, Malnutrition is a big issue and is one of the main cause of child mortality in India. According to the World Bank, 44 percent of children in our country under the age of 5 are severely malnourished.

mNutrition thus is helpful for health workers to detect malnutrition early, so that they can detect which children need more care. mNutrition is an easily downloaded smartphone app. The users can use it by putting medical details like age, sex, height, weight, etc. After which it uses the WHO's 2006 calculation tables to detect whether a child is grossly under weight, and therefore malnourished.

The app is user friendly and it can be used by someone who doesn’t have much knowledge about operating phones and even if they are not literate. The app is easier to use as it stores each child's medical information, and can be used to monitor treatment with antibiotics and food supplements, as well as the kid's responses to the drugs.

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"In the long run, the success of the programs led by the government highly depends on successful implementation by the health workers," Gharat writes in his report. "A technological innovation such as mNutrition being used as a mobile calculator, helps the children being screened correctly and reliably in a short period of time."

by Mamatha Reddy | Sat, May 04 - 04:35 PM

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