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Reuters Profiles South African Program Using Text Messages To Monitor, Track HIV/AIDS Patients
Reuters on Thursday profiled CellLife, a program in South Africa that uses cell phone text messaging to monitor and track HIV/AIDS patients, Reuters AlertNet reports. During home visits, counselors ask patients a series of programmed questions and send the responses to doctors and health care workers at the University of Cape Town who monitor a database and respond to urgent requests for help. The program, which began in 2000, also allows counselors to track a patient's antiretroviral drug regimen and adherence. CellLife partners with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and clinic to serve about 1,000 patients in Guguletu, South Africa. The program recently expanded to a second site in South Africa's rural North West province and plans to open five more sites using funding from the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Harrison, Reuters AlertNet, 8/18). More than five million HIV-positive people live in South Africa (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/29).
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