Use of RapidPro for remote collection of nutrition data during the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe
Timely and quality nutrition information is required for evidence-based nutrition programming. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in travel restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus hence, continuity of lifesaving interventions for addressing malnutrition including routine data collection and surveillance, has been a challenge. This calls for countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa region and beyond to adapt their nutrition programming approaches and information systems to ensure that they remain functional, while minimizing the transmission risk of COVID-19 as much as possible. With technical and financial support from UNICEF Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has achieved this through scaling-up the mobile-phone based RapidPro system to collect high-frequency nutrition data to monitor the nutrition situation across the country.