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Mobile-Based Nutrition and Child Health Monitoring to Inform Program Development: An Experience from Liberia

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This article describes the development and application 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. The Liberia Agricultural Upgrading Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) project implemented a nutrition and health monitoring system between April 2012 and June 2014. The evaluation concluded that digital data collection platforms can play a vital role in improving routine programmatic functions. Fixed gathering locations such as food distribution points represent an opportunity to easily access program participants and enable managers to identify strengths and weaknesses in project implementation. For programs that track individuals over time, a mobile tool combined with a strong database can greatly improve efficiency and data visibility and reduce resource leakages.

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