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Getting proper nutrition and maintaining a balanced diet is something that has always been told to us. Now, with the ongoing pandemic, having a well-balanced diet that is enriched with all kinds of essential vitamins and minerals is of top priority. Especially, for a pregnant woman or a new mother, a proper diet schedule is a must, right?
With the COVID-19 scenario here, a good immunity is an essence for both mother and the child. Therefore, with the aim of a holistic approach, the ‘POSHAN Tracker’ was launched by the Women and Child Development Ministry in March 2021. And within just three months, over 14.05 lakh Anganwadi workers have downloaded the app, over 7.08 crore beneficiaries mothers and children have been on board. Over 1.24 crore take-home ration has been monitored, 68.79 lakh hot cooked meals have been tracked.
These are the latest data shared by Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani.
So now, What is The Poshan Tracker APP?
Poshan Tracker is real-time monitoring of nutritional outcomes for improving maternal and child health. The APP enables Anganwadi workers to deliver and monitor nutrition indicators in real-time.
One can download the app from the play store. Poshan Tracker App is meant for Aanganwadi workers, Anganwadi centres to enter beneficiaries data in the forms. It is not at all developed for the general public.
Wondering what is GOAL of this APP?
It is to combat the challenge of Malnutrition and achieve the aim of National and Global Sustainable Development Goals. The National Nutrition Mission named by Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition (POSHAN) Abhiyaan was launched in 2017. It is a multi-ministerial convergence mission, with the overarching vision to make India malnutrition free by 2022.
Poshan Tracker is launched to strengthen and bring transparency to nutrition delivery services. It was developed as a governance tool for real-time monitoring of nutritional outcomes. The usage of the app can bring in a significant improvement in the health of the mother and the child.
The purpose of the POSHAN Tracker app is to provide a 360-degree view of the activities of the Anganwadi Centre, service deliveries of Anganwadi Workers and complete beneficiary management for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children.
How do Poshan Tracker functions?
The Poshan Tracker is built using centralized data architecture, that also aligns with the digital technology systems of other ministries and programs. The system provides a digital identity to each beneficiary through a digital card and allows the convergence of the call centre with the technology platform.
The system generates automated alerts to the critical last-mile beneficiaries.
It also ensures efficient audit of the delivery system, by documenting real-time attendance of beneficiaries and duty bearers.
Such a robust digital technology platform and management information system is helping the mission to scale efficiently, thereby generating and documenting significant positive impact.
India’s flagship programme, Poshan Abhiyaan is digitally combating the issue of malnutrition in children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Even during the pandemic a targeted approach and convergence were achieved by the government.