Oral abstract session: The potential of mHealth

Don’t miss KNCV’s Eunice Moturi’s presentation on Wednesday the 21st of October at 15.00! She is one of the speakers during the oral abstract session ‘Different approaches to improve treatment and care’. Moturi presents the inspiring abstract: ‘The potential of mHealth to improve TB awareness and case detection in Tanzania’. Especially in these challenging times, this application can be of great value for many other countries.

Tanzania is among the top 30 countries with a high tuberculosis (TB) burden, with an incidence of 137,000 TB cases, according to the World Health Organization’s 2019 estimate. The treatment success rate for people newly enrolled on treatment in 2018 was 85%, but one of the main challenges in controlling the epidemic is the high number of people with TB who are missing. Despite the high incidence, there is a lack of TB awareness among the general population that contributes to low case notification rates. In 2018, 106,876 cases were notified, equivalent to a 44 percent case detection rate.

The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme’s (NTLP) fifth strategic plan lists among its primary objectives to increase case notification rates.

Through the USAID funded and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation led Challenge TB project a mobile application was developed. This application allows people to self-screen for TB using a basic mobile phone to increase knowledge and awareness. This was done in partnerschip with PATH, the NTLP and Cardno Tanzania.

In a six month period, over 200,000 persons conducted self-screening using the app.

Read more about this application, the results and how mHealth offers a huge potential in improving case detection rates. (PDF)


Union World Conference Oral abstract presentation

Wednesday 21st of October
15:00 – 16:20: Different approaches to improve treatment and care
Online/virtual, Channel 2
Moderater: Kathy Fiekert (KNCV)

15:00 – 15:05: Introduction
15:05 – 15:13: OA-06-536-21-Community health workers augment the cascade of TB detection to care in urban slums of two metro cities in India – RAJARAM Potty
15:13 – 15:21: OA-06-537-21-Improving isoniazid preventive therapy coverage among children aged 0-14 years living with HIV through designating special clinic days: case of Kapelebyong Health Centre IV – Pius Ongareno
15:21 – 15:29: OA-06-538-21-Using market-based e-pharmacies for delivering free TB drugs to patients treated in the private sector: lessons learned from a pilot in Madhya Pradesh, India – Varsha Rai
15:29 – 15:37: OA-06-539-21-The potential of mHealth to improve TB awareness and case detection in Tanzania. Provide support to the Tanzania National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program (NTLP)  through the implementation of mHealth technologies to increase case detection and enhance TB knowledge among the general public in Tanzania – Eunice Moturi
15:37 – 15:45: OA-06-540-21-Identifying subpopulations at high-risk for severe adherence challenges in the treatment of multi- and extensively drug-resistant TB and HIV – Jennifer Zelnick
15:45 – 16:20: Q&A


Did you know?

KNCV supports countries with digital health solution technical assistance. You can find all information about that here.

For more information about this mHealth application and other digital health innovations, such as digital adherence technologies, you can contact: egwuma.efo@kncvtbc.org

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