New Technology in Mozambique Makes Diagnosing, Monitoring Patients Living With HIV/AIDS Quicker, Easier
October 26, 2010
IRIN/PlusNews writes of how "Mozambique's Ministry of Health has increasingly begun experimenting with new technology to make diagnosing and monitoring HIV patients quicker and easier." By reducing wait times for HIV test results, patients are able to start treatments earlier, the article writes, noting differences in wait times. "After a successful 2009 pilot the country has nationally rolled out SMS or text message printers, which transmit the results of infant HIV tests electronically from two central reference laboratories in Maputo and the northern provincial capital, Nampula, to more than 275 health centres," the news service writes. "Clinic-based, or point-of-care (PoC), CD4 count machines -- vital to measuring an individual's readiness to start antiretroviral treatment -- will also be rolled out to selected clinics by the end of November 2010, following positive results from a seven-site trial." The article details how the technology works and how future implementation of such technology may require additional training for health workers (10/25).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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