Mobile Nutrition and Child Health Monitoring in Liberia


jsi-launch-liberiaJohn Snow, Inc. (JSI) used Magpi mobile data collection for the Liberian Agricultural Upgrading, Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) project, to improve food security of vulnerable people in Liberia. LAUNCH distributes monthly supplemental food rations to pregnant and lactating women, as well as children.

In a paper published in Global Health Science and Practice, they describe the creation of a mobile-based nutrition and health monitoring system, which collected monitoring data on project activities, women’s nutrition, and infant and young child feeding practices in real time.  As they had used Magpi before, the decision wasn’t difficult:

“… the LAUNCH project selected Magpi because it was user-friendly, easy to learn, required little to no programming experience to use, and was relatively inexpensive. Furthermore, Magpi had successfully been used in other JSI projects in Liberia and this experience proved that it could effectively avoid many of the challenges associated with paper-based data collection and that it was feasible for use in low-resource settings.”

JSI Liberia MagpiThe switch from paper to mobile electronic data collection produced strong results for the program: initially, of 5,250 new beneficiaries only 21% received delivery of rations within 6 weeks of registration–average wait time was 14 weeks. A major delay was the paper-based system, but after implementing with Magpi, of the 3,750 beneficiaries registered in the first 5 months of roll out, 81% received their ration within 6 weeks, with an average wait of 4.7 weeks: a roughly 66% drop in wait time!  And JSI is clear of the specific impact attributable to their use of Magpi:

“The digital data collection platform, Magpi, was also instrumental in the process, as it improved routine programmatic functions by providing timely data for better tailored decision making as the project evolved. The use of mobile phones and a cloud-based server allowed for real-time quality data collection in otherwise hard-to-reach project locations by reducing the time and resource burden of paper forms and data entry.”

Read more in the full study.




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