END AIDS: Using Mobile phones to reduce HIV/AIDS Incidence and socio-economic burden.
Published on July 4, 2016 um 11:54
Explain your idea in details:
HIV/AIDS continue to be a prominent public health issue in developing countries especially in sub-Sahara. Although enormous efforts targeted towards fighting HIV/AIDS have resulted in tremendous improvements, huge challenges lie ahead. In 2015 there were 2.1 million [1.8 million2.4 million] new HIV infections worldwide, adding up to a total of 36.7 million [34.0 million39.8 million] people living with HIV. Sub-Saharan African is said to bear 70% of new HIV/AIDS cases. Antiretroviral therapy has proven effective in substantially improving the health of HIV patients. However, resistance to Antiretroviral therapy is been recorded and arise mainly due to poor adhesion to drug and patient drop out, thus, leading to therapeutic failure and outcome of opportunistic infections and increased mortality. On the other hand tremendous improvements in technology and competition has led to increased network coverage and mobile phone possession; between 70% and 100% of respondents residing in areas with mobile phone coverage in 33 examined countries. Human Rights as defined by the United Nations state that we all have the same right to health care and a happy life. Our idea is to use the link that exists between technology and health; and develop a Web-Mobile Apps to speed up and optimize reduction of HIV/AIDS burden particularly in poor settings. Sensitization of population on screening for HIV/Aids, improvement of adhesion to Antiretroviral Therapy by reminding patients to take their drugs (and the date they have to collect their drugs at the treatment center) via SMS, information of HIV/Management units data bases on HIV patients who dropped out and automatic update HIV/Patient data bases will constitute some of the key functions of the web-Mobile Apps.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Access to quality health care services is pivotal in achieving poverty reduction and social wellbeing as well as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) as a whole. This ideas is an innovation and a precursor of long lasting health and socio-economic impacts. Periodic reception of message on the advantages of HIV screening will raise awareness and increase the number of people running to health facilities for voluntary HIV/AIDS screening. In addition, pre and post counseling before/after screening will help raise awareness and reduce new HIV cases. By continuously reminding patients to take their drugs and the date of drug collection at the treatment center, the web-Mobile Apps will help reduce incidence of resistance thereby diminishing out of pocket expenditures required to treat opportunistic infections and hence indirectly contributing in poverty reduction. HIV patients will be able to live longer, be productive and sustain their families. By informing the central data on patients who have missed their rendez-vous to collect their drugs, the Apps will highly contribute in the effective monitoring HIV/AIDS patients and management.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Successful implementation of my idea requires collaboration for the . of the Apps as well as testing before it is put to use at scale. The characteristics, attributes and the functioning of the Apps will be defined by 2 specialists in the health domain; having strong knowledge in HIV/AIDS. A Mobile Apps technician will come into play and will help in the creation of the Apps using the necessary soft wares and coding. Once the web-Mobile Apps is developed, there will be a pretesting phase during which the application will be submitted to rigorous evaluation in at least 1 health district having an HIV/AIDS management unit. Once the Apps perfectionned and judge ready for use, it shall be proposed to Public Health Ministries and possibly organizations such as United Nations AIDS, World Health Organization to catalyze activities implemented worldwide to fight HIV/AIDS.
Nkamedjie Pete Patrick Martial is a graduate with more than 4 years experience in Epidemiology, Public Health and Operational Research. He currently works as Cameroon South-west Regional Field supervisor at the Institute for Research, Socio-economic Development and communication (IRESCO) where he is instrumental in the implementation of the New Global Fund: Project Concept Note Malaria. Previously, Nkamedjie served as consultant for the Cameroonian Association of Marketting Social and as Research Assistant and Monitor for the Integrated Project for Self-Development (PIPAD). Parallely, he worked as district supervisor during immunization campaigns, and principal investigator/supervisor for operational research proposals. To broaden his theoretical knowledge in order to optimize his productivity on the field, Mr Nkamedjie has participated in many workshops, seminars and has successfully completed online learning modules on Health Economics, Tuberculosis Management, Access to primary health care offered and tutored by John Hopkins University and the World Bank Institute. Moreover, following his interest for Humanitarian Aid, he is member of the Cameroonian Red cross and has successfully completed the training course in Emergency Aid. Mr Nkamedjie is a passionate of Research for impact and sustainable development and is co-author of articles published in renounced scientific reviews. Based in the tropics, his major activities and focus include health project/program drafting, planning, implementation, Monitoring/Evaluation, supervision and Operational Research.
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