using mobile phones in HIV care and prevention

In a period of six months the SMS network saved the hospital an estimated 1200 hours of staff follow-up time and over $3000 in motorbike fuel. Close to 1400 patient updates have been processed through SMS. Over 100 patients have started TB treatment when their symptoms noticed by CHWs were reported by text message. The network has brought the Home-Based Care unit to the homes of 130 patients who might otherwise not have received care. Additionally texting has saved ART monitors 900 hours of travel time and eliminated the need to hand-deliver paper reports.

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