Getting Started


The easiest way to install rapidsms-nutrition is (or will be) to use pip:

pip install rapidsms-nutrition

If you choose to install from source, take care to also install the additional programs listed in the requirements directory.

  1. Add 'nutrition' and its requirements to INSTALLED_APPS in your RapidSMS project:

  2. Ensure that the request context processor is in TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS, as required by django_tables2:

  3. Configure rapidsms-healthcare to use the storage backend of your choice.

  4. Update the database via:

    python migrate nutrition

    If you are not using South, you can create the tables via:

    python syncdb


The behavior of rapidsms-nutrition may be configured via Django project settings.


    Patients are identified using a global identifier, assigned by rapidsms-healthcare, as well as any number of canonical identifiers, each associated with and unique to a particular source.

    To send a new report for a patient via SMS, reporters must know the patient’s canonical ID associated with the source specified in NUTRITION_PATIENT_HEALTHCARE_SOURCE (or the global ID if the setting is None). For example, National ID numbers could be a source used to identify patients.

    Take care when updating this setting after initial development, as this will change the information that your reporters need to know to send in patient reports via SMS.

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