In a cutting-edge $10 million public-private partnership, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the GSM Association Development Fund, Accenture Development Partners, Motorola, MTN and Voxiva will leverage technology to connect health systems in 10 PEPFAR-supported countries by 2010. This partnership will help address the need for a health care infrastructure to adequately address the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Phones-for-Health will make timely, relevant information available to program managers and service providers, while also helping PEPFAR achieve its ambitious goals — to support treatment for 2 million HIV-infected people, support prevention of 7 million new infections, and support care for 10 million people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in an accountable and sustainable way.
By working in close collaboration with Ministries of Health and global health organizations, this partnership will develop an integrated set of standard information solutions that support the scale-up of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious disease programs in a cost-effective manner that builds local capacity.
The Benefits of Mobile Phone Technology
How will Phones-for-Health enable the Emergency Plan to support those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS?
In the developing world, fixed-line Internet connections are rare and paper forms are still the primary way of recording the spread of infectious diseases. But more than 60 percent of the population now lives in areas with mobile phone coverage and the GSM Association Development Fund expects that figure to rise to 85 percent by 2010. This makes it feasible to use mobile phones to relay information directly to health authorities’ computer systems, enabling rapid interventions such as distribution of medication and education programs for those at risk.
Accessible Health Information
Effective Two-Way Communication
How does “Phones-for-Health” Work?
“Phones for Health” is building on the work of the GSM Association Development Fund, Voxiva, Motorola and the U.S. Government to pilot mobile-phone based solutions for HIV/AIDS care and treatment in PEPFAR-supported countries.
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