Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS), was launched in January 2011 by the Health and Family Welfare Department.
1. To track pregnant women all over their pregnancy period and delivering medical services to them as per the WHO guidelines.
2. To track children until they get full immunisation.
The MCTS is planned to compare data of all pregnant women and infants so as to ascertain deliverance of maternal and child health services from conception till 42 days after delivery in the case of pregnant women and up to 5 years of age in the case of children so as to ascertain that all pregnant women and all new born get full maternal and immunization services.
Karnataka’s Health Department has effectively utilized mobile phone technology to furnish well timed healthcare to pregnant women and infants in the state. The information on healthcare services extended to the mother and the child is sent via an SMS on a specific mobile number. The SMS data is integrated in the database maintained at the MCTS data centre for monitoring by the taluk health officers.
MCTS had won Innovators' Challenge Award instituted by Rockefeller Foundation and mHealth Alliance in 2011. Since its launch around 7,50,000 pregnant women and 2,50,000 children had been registered under this program. Primary objective of MCTS is to decrease MMR and IMR. Registration of pregnant women and issue a Thayi card is done by the jurisdictional Auxillary Nurse Midwives (ANMs). Particulars about pregnant women / child are captured in a card and then stored in a computer. The particulars of mother/child (only one time entry) accumulated are transferred from the computer to the sub-centres and primary health centres by the computer operator or the block program manager at the taluk office.
ANMs monitor services imparted to pregnant women and children and communicate the data centre about the same by sending an SMS. When the database gets updated, the medical officer or the taluk health officer gets an alert and thereafter they monitor the services furnished to the pregnant woman or the child in their area. The Medical Officer or the Taluk Health Officer then issues directions to the ANMs if any service is escaped.