ICTs helping combat HIV transmission

COMPUTING

|
Image: By m2m
ICTs helping combat HIV transmission

In one of many initiatives to combat HIV across Africa, HP is supporting efforts to curb AIDS deaths by using ICTs.

One major initiative involves the digitization of patient records for over 1.5 million HIV-positive women in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The women are all members of the mother2mother (m2m) network, which mentors and counsels HIV-positive mothers, helping them understand how to stay healthy, prevent transmission of the virus to their infants and care for their babies. To date, all their records have been paper-based.

HP says digitizing the patient records of the 700 m2m sites will allow for easier tracking and monitoring of the patients, enable easy sharing of information by health workers and allow m2m to scale knowledge and best practises across the network. Eventually, the system will also allow employees to collect and share data via basic mobile phones, creating an “ always connected” environment.

ICTs for early diagnosis

In another programme, HP has an alliance with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Kenya. This initiative aims to improve the outcomes for babies born to HIV-positive mothers. 

It helps to test and treat over 120 000 infants exposed to HIV in Kenya each year.

With support from CHAI and the Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, HP is providing technology that will capture, manage and return early infant diagnosis (EID) HIV test results in just one to two days after results are ready – a significant improvement from the previous paper-based system, which took two to three months.

The turnaround time for test results is especially critical, as infants diagnosed with HIV must begin anti-retroviral treatment (ART) as quickly as possible to ensure survival. Without immediate treatment, half of HIV-positive infants are unlikely to survive past age two.

The HP technology provisioning includes five HP data centers connected with four existing laboratories. Within the first year in operation, HP and CHAI expect to process EID HIV test results for approximately 70 000 infants, as well as provide real-time medical data to health practitioners throughout Kenya.

The system also will scale to support Kenya’ s Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation as it expands Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services to more than 3 000 facilities during the next two years.

Custom database developed in Kenya

To support CHAI and the Kenya Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation in this effort, HP is supporting students from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, who have developed a custom database application that uses cloud computing to improve the tracking process and make test results available online, as well as via SMS/GSM-enabled printers in real time.

Strathmore students built the application using HP technology labs that were installed in Nairobi last year. The new database application also allows real-time analytics on the performance of the program to Ministry of Health decision makers.

Additionally, the database will be used to communicate with rural health centers via SMS regarding the status of test results.

The HP Office of Global Social Innovation has completed the installation of two data centers in Nairobi at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the National AIDS/STI Control Program (NASCOP) headquarters. Three additional sites are expected to be online next year at KEMRI centers in Busia, Kisumu and the Ministries of Health headquarters at Afya House.

HP’ s USD1 million investment also includes servers, storage, PCs, networking equipment, SMS-enabled printers, and local IT training and support.

“ Technological innovation holds immense promise for addressing societal challenges,” said Leo Apotheker, president and chief executive officer of HP.

“ Our efforts with CHAI and the Kenya Ministry of Health demonstrate the critical role technology can play in improving access to healthcare worldwide and driving positive change for millions of people.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE COMPUTING NEWS

Building the foundations of an Industry 4.0 ready network

We are now in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, in which the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overhaul not only business, but also every aspect of modern life. Read More

Financial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat

Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector. Read More

New RSA Via solution innovations strengthen identity assurance and governance

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has announced new, innovative identity assurance and identity governance capabilities in RSA Via. Read More

ProLabs is closing the OEM technical gap

ProLabs, one of the global market leaders for network and connectivity products since 2004, is working in partnership with distributor, Networks Unlimited, to drive its core mission to provide customers with a choice: freedom from proprietary connectivity and the highest level of quality, reliability and responsiveness.  Read More

Gartner's 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies three key trends

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2016 reveals three distinct technology trends that are poised to be of the highest priority for organisations facing rapidly accelerating digital business innovation. Read More

Jumia to provide e-commerce training to over 3,000 women in Kenya

Over 3,000 women from Kenya will be given an opportunity to undergo E-commerce training, facilitated by Jumia in collaboration with SheCares International. Read More

Gartner: wearables a $61.7 billion revenue opportunity by 2020

Gartner has published a Q and A looking at the top 10 wearable technologies for 2017 and 2018.  Read More

Non-voice technologies save contact centres time, money

Non-voice technologies can help contact centres increase efficiencies and reduce costs, says Interactive Intelligence. Read More

Access Bank upgrades digital solution, PayWithCapture

Determined to make its digital banking application fast, convenient and hassle-free, Access Bank Plc has refreshed the revolutionary lifestyle solution, PayWithCapture. Read More

Bursting through networking doors into the 100G era

Targeting customers building next generation public and private clouds, Mellanox Technologies’ high-speed Ethernet switches are now supported by Cumulus Linux 3.0, the latest release of the leading Linux Network Operating System.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Financial services sees AI as both opportunity and threatFinancial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat

Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector.

IN DEPTH

Access and Use of ICT stats releasedAccess and Use of ICT stats released

Statistics Botswana has released the first results of the 2014 Information and Communication Technology Household Survey.