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Hidden Hunger (Nutrition Advice) - Malawi

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Smart Computing Framework to mitigate Nutritional Deficiencies
Vision: End Stunted Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

PROBLEM
Stunted Growth- More than 26% of preschool children in Kenya, 33 % in South Africa, 37 % in Nigeria and 40% in Malawi are stunted, in other words short for their age. This condition represents a chronic form of undernourishment in early life and leads to irrecoverable physical and mental development.

Mothers in Malawi culture are entrusted as the provider and manager of a household’s food. Malawi is one of the least developed and most impoverished countries on earth. Mothers here experience a high level of pressure and anxiety in trying to meet household demands of securing a sufficient amount of food, understandably resulting in a lack of prioritisation of a healthy nutritional diet. In the Nancholi district, mothers speak about their desperation in knowing that their diets don’t provide them with enough nutrients despite their best efforts.
Further, mothers discuss the sacrifices they faced due to these circumstances. For example, one mother spoke of the conflict she faced in deciding if it would be best for her to eat their limited supply of nutritious food or if it would be best to ensure her children have a nutritious diet and exclude herself, risking her ability to care.

Over-exertion in trying to acquire enough money or farm enough crops is a pain point that mothers struggle with. There is a sense of guilt or personal dissatisfaction if, despite working additional jobs or spending longer hours farming, their desired amount of nutritional food was still lacking.

Mothers feel a lack of broad or direct support from institutions and other stakeholders that operate in the nutritional space. While motivated to make changes to improve nutrition for the sake of their families and themselves, they described that there are simply no avenues they could take..

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Experiment Post-Reference:   https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/2115500 Note:  This experiment result's entry exists as a follow on from HH July's experiment of the same name. HH December having the opportunity to complete the experiment that HH July did not have the time to see through the whole way. Link to HH July's experiment results:  https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/2115530 Lean Phase: Utility Test Purpose : To obtain information about food accessibility...

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Experiment Post Reference:   https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/2776460 Lean Phase:  Customer Segment Assumption: 1. NAYO is willing to use the USTAWI application in a pilot test. They will provide feedback on the effectiveness of solving issues surrounding malnutrition. 2. NAYO will be willing pay to use the USTAWI application Time Box:  Commence December Week 2 Success Metric:   Willingness of NAYO to follow the MOU and agree to the payment subscription...

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