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Mobile phones helping to control AIDS in Uganda

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.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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