The ASCENT team in South Africa has completed a training for the first group of interns that will take over research specific duties from the staff of healthcare facilities. This way the healthcare workers can focus on their patients.
The ASCENT team in South Africa recently visited healthcare facilities as a part of the selection process for sites to be randomized to participate in the ASCENT project. During these visits, the team assessed each facility on their standard of care for Tuberculosis (TB) patients, as well as the TB notifications.
The run-in phase of the ASCENT project has started, enrolling TB patients on digital adherence technologies in the Philippines and Ethiopia. Ukraine, Tanzania and South Africa will follow soon. With funding and support, Unitaid makes this project possible.
ASCENT Philippines distributed all necessary digital adherence technologies intervention facilities in Bulacan and Pampanga. This enabled the run-in phase to start: all facilities are now enrolling patients on these innovative digital technologies.
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the ASCENT project in Ethiopia was established to guard the safety and well-being of beneficiaries/study participants.
Alex, 35 years, a miner and TB patient in Tanzania, was enrolled on 99DOTS digital adherence technology. Since the start of his treatment, he takes his medication daily. “It made my treatment easier and I wish the same for others.”
Randomization events were held in the Bulacan and Pampanga provinces in the Philippines to identify the health facilities which will use digital adherence technologies as part of the ASCENT project.