ASCENT project: invest in innovative digital tools to end TB

The Unitaid-funded ASCENT project has entered its final year and is well on its way in showing the benefits in helping people affected by TB with their treatment by using digital adherence technologies such as smart pill boxes, medication sleeves and video supported treatment.

ASCENT implements and evaluates these technologies across almost 150 health clinics in five different countries with over 10.000 patients supported since early 2021. The project demonstrates how the provision of care can be changed by leveraging technological and communication advances as a tool to treat TB.

These technologies offer the opportunity for a more patient-centered care model; the opportunity for an efficient healthcare system; and they can support healthcare providers when treating people affected by TB to invest in these digital tools to end TB.

Watch the video below to see how an innovative tool such as the smart pill box works very well even in remote areas like in the north of Tanzania and helps the patient with his treatment. By investing in TB (for instance with the provision of such a pill box to patients), you can save lives.



KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 120 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB prevention and care, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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