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 Clinic Platform.
Tags: #digitalhealth #socialimpact #telehealth #healthtech #innovation
Cape Town, South Africa: Aviro Health is pleased to announce a successful partnership with TB/HIV Care in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. 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.
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