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Wired News Examines How Text Messaging Helps Patients in Developing Countries Manage HIV/AIDS Treatment

November 8, 2004

Wired News on Thursday examined how HIV/AIDS treatment counselors in countries where health care systems are "overburdened" and doctors are "scarce" are using cell phone text messaging to alert health care clinics about HIV-positive patients' difficulties with their antiretroviral drug regimens. The Sizophila Project -- an HIV/AIDS treatment program located in a township near Cape Town, South Africa -- uses a system called Cell-Life, which combines a "comprehensive database" that includes patients' histories and lab results with a messaging service. Program staff, doctors and treatment counselors -- who make unannounced visits every four months to patients' homes to check on their regimen adherence -- use the Cell-Life text-messaging system to communicate. Sizophila coordinator Lulu Mtwisha said that patients participating in the program have maintained a treatment adherence rate of more than 95%. The Cell-Life system was developed by civil engineering faculty and students at the University of Cape Town and Cape Technikon (Lindow, Wired News, 11/4).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2004 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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