October 4, 2010

Can Mobile Phones Revolutionize the Clinical Care of People Living with AIDS In Resource Poor Settings?

By Setor Kunutsor
Institute of Health Sciences, Leeds University
The World Health Organization has urged the use of cell phones and other mobile communication technology to improve the quality of health care delivered in resource-poor countries. 
Mobile phones are one of the most promising emerging health tools, with the potential to address many of the challenges facing access to care and adherence to antiretroviral treatment among people living with HIV/AIDS in these settings. Africa has the highest rate of mobile phone uptake among developing regions and there is rapid continuous expansion of cell phone use across all socio-demographic groups. Our research examined the potential for mobile phones to enhance HIV/AIDS care in southern Africa.