The TB/HIVFreeSMS service uses SMSs to promote TB free communities. SMSs are sent to recipients to support and inform people to adhere to their TB medication, promote healthy living and to tackle HIV & AIDS.
We are currently piloting this service in Sisonke District in partnership with TB/HIV care and The School of Public Health from the University of Western Cape.
How do people sign-up?
Patients will sign-up for the services themselves via please-call-mes. This sign-up process will be facilitated by the Nompilos (Healthcare workers). Posters will be pinned up in clinics to advertise the service.The messages have been tailored for different groups of people on TB medication. These groups include those who are HIV negative, HIV positive, with unknown HIV status and MDR-TB patients. The messages are currently available in English and isiZulu.
What software does TB Free SMS use?
TB Free SMS has been set up using “Communicate“ – Cell-Life’s on line SMS communications platform.