Innovations in health programmes are moving fast paced, and health care workers are embracing it. In Tanzania, the NTLP supports tuberculosis patients using digital adherence technology.
Chidi Egwuatu from Nigeria wasn’t able to play football or sit in a vehicle for longer than 30 minutes before he started his tuberculosis treatment. He says: “The video helps me, it reminds me to take my medication on time”.
ASCENT Philippines and other development partners joined the Department of Health Central Luzon Center for Health Development to celebrate the National Tuberculosis Day on 19 August 2022.
Video: TB patient from South Africa ‘would advise everybody to use the smart pillbox for their medication’
26-year-old TB patient Andy Mayingi from South Africa talks in this video about his experience using a DAT, the smart pillbox, for his treatment. “This box helps me a lot”, Andy explains.
ASCENT Philippines and the Department of Health (DOH) are enhancing the capability of the ASCENT adherence platform by making the platform and the DOH Integrated Tuberculosis Information System interoperable.
In this video, made in Tanzania, a HWC explains the use of one of the DATs provided by the ASCENT project: the smart pillbox from evriMED. Explanation of the use to the patient, refilling the medication, charging the pillboxes and reuse.
The ASCENT project: how digital adherence technologies have synergized facility and home-based TB care in Tanzania
The importance of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in improving community health has been widely recognized by various entities like governments, local and international organizations.
With the ASCENT project ending on 31 December 2022, the ASCENT Philippines team held separate meetings with key partners in the Philippines to prime them for the scale-up of DAT implementation.
Theresa was offered to join the ASCENT study and use the smart pillbox for her medication. At first, she wasn’t sure how it worked. Now she says: “If you don’t have a box, you will forget to take your pills.”
The ASCENT project is pleased the WHO provided this guidance, since it has been our aim from the start to generate pragmatic evidence that DATs can empower TB-patients during their treatment.