HIV/AIDS Program (HITSystem)
HIV/AIDS is still a huge problem killing over 6,000 African people each day. It’s both preventable and treatable. The HITSystem provides life-saving interventions to those affected most by HIV/AIDS. here.
- Roughly 23 million people are living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa
- It is estimated that more than 16 million children under 18 have been orphaned by AIDS with 14.8 million of these children living in sub-Saharan Africa.
- 6,000 people die each day in Africa from AIDS.
HIV/AIDS continues to have a devastating impact on people living in resource-limited countries around the globe. Over 700,000 newly born infants become HIV positive each year with little access to HIV care. Without intervention, 15%-45% of these infants born to HIV-infected mothers get the virus. In the absence of antiretroviral therapy, more than 50% of children will die before their second birthday and 75% will die by age five. That’s just not ok for us.
Simple HIV testing for pregnant women, specialized testing for infants born to HIV positive mothers, and treatment if positive, saves lives. The facilitation of HIV DNA PCR testing of perinatally-exposed infants, and the early-initiation of antiretroviral therapy when identified as positive has proven to reduce the chance of that child dying by 75% in resource-limited countries.
“No child should be born with HIV; no child should be an orphan because of HIV; no child should die due to the lack of access to treatment.” Ebube Sylvia Taylor, 11 years old.
Sometimes solution require us to think a little differently. This is one of those times. Using technology to improve health is at the core of what we do at Global Health Innovations. In areas of extreme poverty, that can be tough but not impossible.
So we put together the HITSystem. In simple terms it:
- Reduces infant mortality associated with HIV/AIDS
- Tracks infants at critical points to rule out further transmission
- Utilizes text messaging to improve mother and infant HIV care and treatment
It’s far more complex really, but the HITSystem plays a comprehensive role in improving the health outcomes of women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. This intervention program drastically improves the facilitation of timely HIV DNA-PCR testing and ultimately the early-initiation of anti-retroviral therapy. We are currently in the beginning stages of partnering with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi, Kenya to pilot and implement this program in 10 hospitals on a national level. The HITSystem will also be utilized in the Maganga Village Hospital in Malawi to improve outcomes related to maternal and pediatric HIV care.