About the client
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About the project:
Nutre MUAC is an App designed and developed to register and monitor cases of acute malnutrition in the Dominican Republic.
The goal is to reduce acute malnutrition in children under 5 years of age, pregnant and nursing mothers. This is a response to the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a National Plan coordinated by the Ministry of Public Health, National Health Service and UNICEF, with support from USAID and other national partners.
The Plan aims to reach some 20,000 boys and girls between 6 to 60 months and 700 pregnant and lactating mothers. In a first phase, the plan will be implemented in 7 provinces of the border health regions and the eastern region of the country.
Market: Dominican Republic
Platforms: Android & Apple
Languages: Spanish and English
Nutre MUAC is a user-oriented application to be used by health professionals to register cases, identify the level of malnutrition and offer treatment recommendations and type of sachet (Ready-to-Use Supplement) that should be given to treat each case. The App was designed to guide the user in a simple and intuitive way to register cases, mitigating filling errors.
The Application also register cases offline so that users can continue registering cases in more remote areas and synchronize the database as soon as there is an internet signal.
How it works:
Authorized users register the case through the App, entering patient data, the measured value of MUAC (Mid-upper arm circumference) and the symptoms presented. The App then analyzes the information provided and presents the level of malnutrition, instructions for treatment, adequate food supplement, date of the next visit, instructions for following up on the case and much more. Follow-up visits can be carried out in a few seconds.
The user has his own list of cases but also shares a list of all cases of his organization where he works, so he can visit cases where a colleague cannot, when for example a colleague is on vacation or sick. The App also enables case transfer between organizations.
Lots of information in little space
One of the App’s greatest merits is that it provides a lot of information and an overview of each case in little space. In the list of cases, each pixel was thought to add valuable information.
For each case, the App informs the patient’s name, Alert if any (such as transferred case, interrupted treatment, case referred to hospital etc), child’s age, picture, current MUAC value and malnutrition level, number of visits and date of next visit. Visits are displayed by colored dots that represent a level of malnutrition, which makes it easy to have a quick understanding of the progress of each case.
Powerful monitoring for supervisors
The supervisors of each organization have access to all the cases handled by their organization, in addition to having a dashboard that informs the number of cases and indicators under their responsibility. There are several levels of users and permissions, such as organization, state, regional and national level.
Supervisors can also filter cases by a specific type of malnutrition, alert or search for a specific case, where they can obtain details of a patient’s personal and contact information, data of the user who treated him, history of visits and treatment performed, eating habits and much more.