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A new app for nutritional assessment & counselling of patients with TB

By Madhukar Pai | 24 Mar, 2018

On World TB Day, the Center for Nutrition Studies, Yenepoya University, India, in association with McGill International TB Centre, Canada, released N-TB, an android mobile based application for the nutritional assessment and counselling of adult patients with TB.

The N-TB is the first of its kind app for healthcare providers. It enables the classification of the nutritional status of the patient by calculating the body mass index (BMI). If the BMI is very low, it red-flags this and provides an overview of management of severe undernutrition. The app also provides the weight gain required during treatment to achieve a desirable weight, and the recommended daily caloric and protein intake . It has counselling tips on diet with an emphasis on the value of locally available foods in contrast to costly nutritional supplements, activity and lifestyle.

The app, freely downloadable (at no cost) via Google Play, is endorsed by the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme and WHO India, was included in the new initiatives unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Delhi End TB Summit on March 13th 2018.

URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nexa.ntb

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joy munisi Replied at 11:02 AM, 25 Mar 2018

Thanks for sharing this info,the app will be of much help as additional
tool during nutritional counselling especially in areas where there is no
nutritionist to support the services

Leonel Andela Replied at 12:10 PM, 25 Mar 2018

Useful app. Thank you for sharing

Nii Nortey Hanson-Nortey Replied at 1:39 AM, 26 Mar 2018

This is surely a useful app. Nutritional inadequacy among TB patients has long been left unattended.
Thanks to the dvelopers

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