UN: UNAIDS launches mobile platform for better healthcare delivery in Cote d'Ivoire

New York, US (PANA) - Starting this month, a thousand people living with HIV in Cote d’Ivoire
will receive additional health information through their mobile phones, the UN agency leading
the world’s HIV/AIDS response announced on Wednesday.

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in a statement obtained by PANA in New York,
said that a four-month pilot project in Abidjan is part of a collaboration between the UNAIDS
and telecommunications operator, Orange.

It said: "This project will allow countries to benefit from state-of-the-art technology that
is cost-effective and simple to use, to ensure they can provide the highest quality of
services for people living with and affected by HIV."

By using a web-based platform, Orange Mobile Training EveryWhere (M-Tew),
healthcare workers will be able to communicate via text messages, calls and voice
messages, with people enrolled in care.

UNAIDS also disclosed that the people involved in the pilot project are those most affected
by HIV in Abidjan, including 300 sex workers and men who have sex with men. All information collected is anonymous and fully confidential.

"Some of the goals are to improve HIV services to ensure that patients remain in care and
treatment, as well as to break down stigma and discrimination, and the creators also said
that the programme will collect and analyse data, in order to identify gaps and take action
to improve the quality of care," the agency stressed.

The Ivorian government has said it supports the programme, which would
help it achieve a reduction in HIV prevalence to below one per cent by 2020.

In addition to the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and the Autonomous District
of Abidjan, UNAIDS and Orange Côte d’Ivoire are collaborating with civil society partners.

"If successful, the project will be rolled out to other areas of Abidjan, and could be expanded to other priority countries in the region," UNAIDS said.
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