The ASCENT Tanzania team conducted a randomization ceremony to assign health facilities to intervention arms and standard of care study arms, this is an important milestone that kicks off the ASCENT project in Tanzania. The ASCENT project aims to help tuberculosis (TB) patients to successfully complete their course of treatment, using digital adherence technologies (DATs) and data-driven support interventions, utilizing tools as smart pill boxes.
The ASCENT South Africa team recently held a successful randomization event which also served as the kick-off of the digital adherence technologies (DAT) project in South Africa.
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 Ukraine conducted a randomization ceremony to assign health facilities to intervention arms and standard of care study arms.
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 ASCENT project releases a free Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Tool, to enable accurate budget forecasting for the implementation and use of Digital Adherence Technologies (DATs) in TB treatment.