The nutrition situation of children in Nepal is far from satisfactory. The 2011 Demographic Health Survey carried out by Ministry of Health and Population has revealed that the nutrition situation especially among young children under two years of age is quite poor, with profound, lifelong and irreversible consequences on their survival, growth and development. About 41% of the children are stunted (chronic malnutrition), and 11% of them are wasted (acute malnutrition). The DHS’ further analysis on nutrition has revealed that growth faltering occurs during the first two years of life. Although, vitamin A, iodine and anemia status of infants and young children has improved on account of increased coverage of vitamin A supplements, de-worming tablets and iodized salt, anemia remains a critical problem, which affects 46 % (1.7 million under-five children), with as high as 69% in children aged 6-23 months (DHS, 2011).
The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous future. The right nutrition and care during this 1,000 day window can have a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn, and rise out of poverty. It can also shape a society’s long-term health, stability and prosperity.The Golden 1000 Days initiative seeks to increase awareness about the importance of the first 1000 days in a child’s life, ultimately reducing the maternal and child mortality through improved health and nutritional status of adolescents, pregnant and lactating women as well as young children.
During Golden 1000 Days CodeCamp 2016 120 young software designers, developers, strategists, IT Professionals and project managers gathered and worked in an unnerving, challenging and fast paced event to develop many innovation solutions in the theme based on how to engage youths in prenatal and postnatal process.
The residential, 4 days and 3 nights long event was held on Nov 15-18, 2016 at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort, Dhulikhel.
In order to apply, applicants were challenged to post their technology solution idea at http://nepalideas.com. Out of total of 219 applications received, 75 candidates where selected based on the viability of the ideas submitted and the skillsets they possesed to implement them and represent at CodeCamp to be able to draft various solutions to develop tech solutions for Golden 1000 Days campaign that would eventually be placed at NHEICC located at Teku in Kathmandu under Ministry of Heath, Government of Nepal.
List of 17 teams with their solutions can be found here:
Golden 1000 Days Community Portal is a community web based portal developed by using innovative technical brains for maximizing the community engagements for this campaign. This will be the most informative and popular web-portal with various features. The goal of the building a community portal is to create awareness, provide information, track information, engage and mobilize youths for reducing infant mortality rate in villages and rural areas.
This will act as a space to learn more about nutrition, health and pregnancy issues, mortality rates and work of UNICEF, mobilize youths, ask questions and learn from our community of experts from the public sector, private sector, academia, and all of fellow young innovators.
A mobile version of the community portal, the Golden 1000 Days Mobile app, will contain all the information available on the community portal. Apart from it, the app will also have features like, scheduled notification for mother, tip of the day and reminders. The mother can also call the IVR system if there is any information they need through this app.
The Golden 1000 Days Behavior Monitoring App was created with the aim to increase awareness about the importance of the first 1000 days in a child’s life and to reduce the maternal and child mortality through improved health and nutritional status of adolescents, pregnant and lactating women as well as young children.
Intensive behavior monitoring will be done in 6 districts (Achham, Parsa, Jumla, Panchthar, Kapilvastu and Bajura) through this app. It assesses the current situation of program VDCs in terms of knowledge and practices related to the Golden 1000 days behaviors. It will also establish the benchmark or a reference point for the program monitoring to assess the progress within different time interval.
Now a day, most people are somehow familiar with the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is a telephony system that interacts with callers, gather information and route the calls to the appropriate recipient based on the conversation with the caller.
The IVR solution for Golden 1000 Days provides pre-recorded voice responses for appropriate situation, access to relevant data and record voice input for later handling. By using computer telephony integration, it can hand off calls to human being too. These days, use of IVR system in quite popular for banking and insurance companies, surveys and polls, office call routing, call centers etc.
Through an interactive voice response system, we would be able to get people to call a toll-free number and get the details of issues related to pregnancy and nutrition, provide feedback on health issues and concerns (e.g. Dial 1 to get nutrition advice; dial 2 to health advice and dial 3 to post-delivery information, etc.) and even record their messages to their health volunteers, doctors and concern authority.
A fixed toll-free number to call and the device will record the voice and pass it to the concerned people. It will contain automated answer and gets tracked till the problem is solved.
- Push notification can be send to the pregnant and lactating mothers about the nutrition, information on health camps, vaccination and safety measures.
- Bulk SMS can be send to the youths for mobilizing them for any concern issues or for any activities.
In case of online operator, sometime the voice can be recorded and can be pass to the required resource person.
Using of IVR, for the24/7 help desk for the emergencies, reporting the emergency cases, call center is necessary.