Calcutta Kids is a not-for-profit public health organization committed to the health/nutrition and empowerment of underserved women and children in Howrah's slum area of Fakir Bagan. Calcutta Kids tracks and provides immunizations and access to doctors and medicines, monitors weight and height, while continuously providing behaviour change communication through regular home visits to promote good diet and health practices of pregnant women and children up to the age of three. They provide extensive preventative care, carried out by locally trained Community Health Workers (CHW’s).
Calcutta Kids believes in evidence-based development work, and each of their programs is striving toward clear objectives. These objectives are continuously monitored and evaluated through an online management information system. Their ultimate vision is to create a proven model of health care delivery worthy of replication.
Calcutta Kids had an old system that was not efficient to successfully fulfill their goal of evidence-based monitoring and encouraging of positive health-changing behaviours. The system was unreliable and inflexible. It led to a lot of manual tracking, wasting resources by diverting attention to mundane, low priority data entry tasks. They wanted a new system that would provide data security, reliability, proper tracking of immunization and child growth, and have the ability to present their research and data in order to influence policy changes.