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We are an international organisation, committed to providing evidence-based, patient-centred health solutions, through the use of innovative, mobile technology in the management of HIV/AIDS and other health issues. WelTel is one of the first scientific teams in the developing world to show evidence for mHealth and adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ARV's) in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Publications

Ask, don't tell - mobile phones to improve HIV care

November 7, 2013

Almost all health care is voluntary: patients choose when to engage in care, when to take their medicine (if they choose to take it), and whether to return for follow-up visits. In human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and other chronic diseases, the benefits of medication adherence for the patient and public health are tremendous. [...]

Lester, R. T.

N.Engl.J Med, 369, 1867-1868 / DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1310509

Effects of a mobile phone short message service on antiretroviral treatment adherence in Kenya (WelTel Kenya1): a randomised trial

November 10, 2010

Mobile (cell) phone communication has been suggested as a method to improve delivery of health services. However, data on the effects of mobile health technology on patient outcomes in resource-limited settings are limited. We aimed to assess whether mobile phone communication between health-care workers and patients starting antiretroviral therapy in Kenya improved drug adherence and suppression of plasma HIV-1 RNA load. [...]

Lester, R. T., Ritvo, P., Mills, E. J., Kariri, A., Karanja, S., Chung, M. H., Jack, W., Habyarimana, J., Sadatsafavi, M., Najafzadeh, M., Marra, C. A., Estambale, B., Ngugi, E., Ball, T. B., Thabane, L., Gelmon, L. J., Kimani, J., Ackers, M., and Plummer, F. A.

Lancet, Vol. 376, No. 9755, 2010, pp. 1838-1845. (Lancet Editor’s Choice)
DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61997-6

Ongoing Projects

Oak Tree Clinic 100

In Progress

Text Messaging to Support Patients with HIV/AIDS in British Columbia -Goal of this study is to assess clinical outcomes (e.g. CD4 counts, HIV viral loads, clinic appointment attendance, HIV medication adherence) in a group of 100 high-risk individuals, using the WelTel text messaging intervention.

WelTel Retain

In Progress

To determine whether the WelTel intervention can improve retention in care among HIV-infected individuals who are not yet taking antiretroviral medication.

LTBI mHealth Study

In Progress

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Examine the Effectiveness of the Use of Mobile Phones and Text Messaging to Improve Adherence to Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection

Grand Challenges Canada
Phase II

In Progress

To implement a text-messaging service (WelTel) for HIV medication adherence in addition to other healthcare conditions at clinical sites across Kenya.

Acknowledgements

WelTel would like to respectfully acknowledge funding from the following organizations

Media

TEN BIGGEST POSITIVE AFRICA STORIES OF 2011

#5: Cell phones continue to change how Africans live.

The devices have proven to be invaluable: health-care workers use cell phones to track and monitor pregnant women in rural Rwanda (where the number of maternal deaths is high) and H.I.V. patients in Kenya, and Kenya’s mobile banking system, which has been called the world’s most innovative, lets Kenyans pay bills, send remittances, purchase goods and airtime, move funds among accounts, and even take out and pay back loans for entrepreneurial ventures.


M-powered

The convergence of mobile telephony and health care is under way

BILL GATES seems to relish being the skunk at the garden party. The former boss of Microsoft, now a global-health philanthropist, was invited to address a big “m-health” conference in Washington, DC, this week. Some 2,400 proponents of delivering health services over wireless telecoms, from the private and public sectors, gathered to celebrate the dozens of pilot projects under way around the world.[...]


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