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.
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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.