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Mobile Phones Help Bolster Uganda's Fight Against HIV

August 1, 2012

A program that sends daily text message medication reminders to around 400 HIV patients in Kampala's suburbs is part of a broad effort to utilize mobile technology in Uganda's fight against AIDS.

Twice-daily antiretrovirals require a minimum adherence rate of about 95 percent to be of greatest benefit to HIV/AIDS patients. Samuel Guma, director of the Kawempe Home Care clinic running the text reminder program, said participants' adherence rose from 75 percent to over 90 percent. "We saw that because of the mobile messaging there was a really tremendous improvement in adherence," he said.

Bas Hoefman runs the Dutch non-governmental organization Text to Change, which collaborated on the Kawempe program. "There was a

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