This app can help design real-time nutrition programs

Screenshots of the “Gibsonify” app. Credit: ICRISAT

“Gibsonify” was developed by a team of researchers from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Center for Global Equality and the University of Cambridge and is now ready to be released. uploaded to improve nutrition programs globally.

Nutrition program planners, health professionals, nutritionists and local health and nutrition officials are the main intended beneficiaries of the application, which reduces the time between the collection of dietary intake data and the creation of a scientific database.

The evidence will guide policy formulation, implementation of nutrition interventions in target communities, and development of nutritious menus for pregnant and lactating women, adolescents and older people in vulnerable communities.

“This app can help to effectively plan midday meals and tailor approaches based on locally available food items in different parts of India,” said Dr. Padmaja, Group Leader — Knowledge and Capacity Building, ICRISAT .

“We have collected paper and pen data samples from 600 households in the Indian states of Telangana and Maharashtra and have access to a dietary survey conducted in Bihar,” said Ms. Kavitha Kasala, Associate Director of ICRISAT .

The next phase will be to feed the data to “Gibsonify” to enable efficient data processing and management with a real-time report card. The third stage will focus on training and capacity building of civil servants at the local level on how to use the application and the information generated.

How it works?

“Gibsonify” provides a user-friendly interface for collecting information on local recipes and nutrient intake, replicating the tested 24-hour dietary recall methodology developed by Gibson and Ferguson (2008).

“The Gibson Method relies on a tested process to improve the accuracy of the information captured. Every detail collected during the dietary survey is uploaded directly to the app to improve nutritional intake,” Dr. Padmaja explained.

Quick and economical tool

The traditional pen and paper process of conducting a dietary survey and calculating nutritional adequacy is time consuming. With the availability of a digital tool like Gibsonify, all activities, from data collection to nutrition capacity building, are done in real time. It also offers the possibility to add a new ingredient or a new recipe or any other additional information crucial for the accuracy of the calculations in the background.

Dr. Padmaja says that “once the three phases of the app development are completed and tested, the app can benefit Anganwadi workers (child care centres) and accredited social health activists (Asha) in the conduct nutrition programs for pregnant and lactating women and breastfeeding dependent children up to age 2. Through “Gibsonify” they can guide women on improving their nutritional intake, integrating local foods and other recommendations without delay.”

It will be an open access and free application that can eventually be used on smartphones, tablets or computers and even offline, allowing surveys in remote areas. It can be used in rural or urban areas and not just limited to use in developing countries. The aim is to establish “Gibsonify” as a repository of nutritional data, as the information collected on the app will be available for further research, given that there is a wide range of classifications and regional works that can be carried out on this digital tool.


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More information:
Github repository: github.com/DigitalNutritionalAssessment/gibsonify

Provided by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

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