The Madhya Pradesh health department has launched an Android-based application to map the infant mortality and maternal mortality rate in the state, an official said on Saturday.
The app, called Kilkari, will track the health of an expecting mother from the time she conceives a child until the delivery of the baby, said Mausam Jaiswal, project officer with the United Nations Development Programme that is helping the state government implement the project.
“The project is one of the biggest efforts of the state department to improve the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate. The application will bridge the gap between a tribal village and a big city,” she said.
After the birth the application will incorporate the health of the baby by mapping the immunisation programme until the child is two years old.
Started in 2015, the application allows senior health officials to monitor the health of a pregnant woman in the rural area with her records available online. The app connects a healthcare worker and the expecting mother. The expecting mother’s details will be entered in the app by healthcare worker at the anaganwadi centre, when the woman comes for a prenatal health check up .
The app will generate the expecting mother’s healthcare chart for next two years. The app will give regular alerts about immunisation and health tips on nutritious food, Jaiswal said.
Identifying, preventing malnutrition, postnatal care for the mother and institutional delivery are the areas that will be covered through the project.