ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
Uganda has been widely praised for its effective AIDS policy, which saw condom use promoted and disease rates slashed from over 15 percent in the early 1990′s to less then half, at around 6 percent.
One of the reasons for the decrease in disease rates is through the use of targeted educational campaigns that remind people to take their medication. Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) need a compliance rate of 95% or greater to have maxium effectiveness, so programs aimed at increasing awareness and medication adherence are driving the decrease in AIDs rates.
To do this, a joint collaborative project between local clinics in Ghana and a Dutch NGO have been harnessing the power of mobile technology to help fight HIV. This ongoing project involves using mobile phones and text messages to help remind patients diagnosed with the HIV virus to take their ARVs regularly.
Read more at Mobile phones helping to control AIDS in Uganda.