Results from Ethiopia reflect the usability and acceptability of DATs by TB care providers and people with TB, indicating the potential for wider adoption of DATs to support the TB care cascade throughout the region.
Tuberculosis (TB) is still the deadliest infectious disease worldwide, killing over 4.000 people every day. This is unnecessary as TB can be cured with appropriate treatment. A number of barriers however, prevent people from recovering from this disease, including long and complicated treatment regimens that involve the daily intake of medicines over the course of 6-24 months.
By leveraging today’s smart information and (mobile) communication technologies the ASCENT project (Adherence Support Coalition to End TB) aims to support people affected by TB with their treatment in a modern and more effective way through the use of digital adherence technologies such as smart pill boxes, medication sleeves and video supported treatment.
By generating evidence, establishing a global market and engaging stakeholders, ASCENT aims to make future scale up possible so that these digital innovations can be available to all people living with TB worldwide.