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App monitors malnutrition rates

An offline app platform is being used to ensure mothers and young children in El Salvador are receiving adequate nutrition.

The United Nations World Food Programme is collaborating with the government of El Salvador to deliver the initiative, called MAPS. It is an ‘offline monitoring system’ being used as part of an incentive-based programme set up to tackle malnutrition. Food vouchers are handed out to mums who go for ‘nutritional check-ups’.

“MAPs allows for the detailed tracking of nutritional improvement and the creation of a consolidated database for real-time tracking of the results of social protection programmes. By augmenting the Government of El Salvador’s technical capacity WFP is making sure the most vulnerable communities don’t fall through the social safety net,” the WFP Innovation website states.

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