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PRESS RELEASE: Aviro Health + TB HIV Care: Increasing the Uptake of HIV Self-Testing in Healthcare Facilities

Aviro Health + TB HIV Care: Increasing the Uptake of HIV Self-Testing in Healthcare Facilities

Scaling up digitally supported self-care through the Aviro Pocket ClinicPlatform.

Tags: #digitalhealth #socialimpact #telehealth #healthtech #innovation

Cape Town, South Africa: Aviro Health is pleased to announce the successful partnership with TB HIV Care in the Eastern Cape, South African. This partnership will allow Aviro Health and TB HIV Care to increase the uptake of HIV self-testing in healthcare facilities by availing testing booths and tablets to improve patients’ testing experiences. The key is accessibility. That is why Pocket Clinic can now be found in TB HIV Care healthcare facilities in the Eastern Cape – taking screening and testing closer to people.

TB HIV Care is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving TB management by increasing access to TB and HIV diagnosis, care, treatment, and community-based adherence support. Their integrated approach to dealing with both TB and HIV issues has made them a trailblazer in implementing a comprehensive system of support for TB and HIV clients.

The availability of Pocket Clinic in high-volume TB HIV Care facilities means that clients will no longer leave healthcare facilities without being tested or attended to.

TB HIV Care healthcare workers are also looking forward to Pocket Clinic speeding up the implementation process, allowing them to meet higher targets and move closer to the 95-95-95 goal.

“This release was particularly important as it launches Pocket Clinic’s offline functionality – a big need in African healthcare, especially with electricity and connectivity shortages. This came as a specific need to use Pocket Clinic in mobile HIV/TB testing clinics – taking screening and testing closer to people.” –Dr Musaed Abrahams, CEO of Aviro Health

To date, the platform has been validated in trials assessed by leading universities, Johns Hopkins, Wits and UCT. Since its inception, digitally-assisted, self-testing in booths has attracted people who don’t usually test (especially males), improving testing rates at facilities by 50%. Thus, Aviro Health looks forward to contributing to community-based testing in the Eastern Cape, to see HIV testing become a widely accepted norm.

Aviro Health is a leading African digital health company using empathy, design, and technology to improve and scale counselling and patient support.

 

TB game-changers: We ask some thought leaders what they think should be next on the TB agenda.

Date: Fri, 16th Sept

Time: 20h00-21h00

How far are we from a more effective TB vaccine and how important is it? Will using geographical information systems to map TB hotspots and computer assisted digital chest X-rays to screen people for TB help find more people with TB? Are shorter drug regimens available and how can we ensure they get to people who need them? A number of innovations, issues and breaking research will be unveiled and discussed at the upcoming SA TB Conference. Join a number of TB thought leaders on Twitter as they discuss what they think is most likely to change the game and bring us closer to ending TB.

Questions:

  1. What is your first top idea, innovation or issue set to change the game in the TB field?
  2. What is your second TB game-changer?
  3. What is your third topic or issue that you think is critical to address or promote in order to end TB?
  4. Which of the ideas raised by others in the chat most resonates with you as a TB game-changer?

 

Rate your TB health service. Can community-led monitoring boost TB service delivery?

Date: Thurs, 15th Sept

Time: 20h00-21h00

Online reviews for businesses and products are a growing industry with some researchers suggesting that a big enough collection of those 5-star ratings can boost customer spend[1]. Can TB health services also benefit from similar user-level oversight and feedback?  Community-led monitoring enables end users of health services to provide data on the quality, accessibility and acceptability of those services. This gives patients the ability to hold health service providers accountable. It also gives health service providers invaluable feedback on where problems are developing, and, where communities are asked for solutions, can assist them to address them. Join our online tweetchat to explore how community-led monitoring can democratise accountability for health services.and improve access and quality.

Questions:

  1. How would you explain community-led monitoring of health services to someone who has not heard of it?
  2. Why do we need community-led monitoring? Why is health data from the health system not enough?
  3. Do you have any examples of how community-led monitoring has impacted on health services in general, or TB health services?
  4. What are some of the barriers we need to overcome in order to successfully implement community-led monitoring initiatives?

[1] https://www.invespcro.com/blog/the-importance-of-online-customer-reviews-infographic/#:~:text=Customers%20are%20likely%20to%20spend,business%20with%20%E2%80%9Cexcellent%E2%80%9D%20reviews.&text=On%20average%2C%20a%20one%2Dstar,a%20business%20about%2030%20customers.