HIV / AIDS Program | HITSystem

The HIV / AIDS epidemic kills over 6,000 African people per day. It’s both preventable and treatable. The HITSystem provides life-saving interventions to those affected most by HIV/AIDS.

The Problem

HIV/AIDS continues to have a devastating impact on people living in resource-limited countries around the globe. Over 800,000 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.

Roughly 23 million people are living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

An estimated 16 million children under 18 have been orphaned by AIDS

6,000 people die each day in Africa from AIDS

The Solution

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.

Our Part : The HITSystem

Sometimes solutions 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, this can be tough but not impossible. So we put together the HITSystem.

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.

The HITSystem is an innovative online system that facilitates improved communication between clinics, laboratories, and mothers to ultimately improve care for HIV-exposed infants. Based on the country specific HIV Pediatric Guidelines, the HITSystem utilizes an algorithm based on the infant’s date of birth to establish alerts for the eight time-sensitive interventions for HIV-exposed infants. Once an infant is enrolled into the HITSystem, they are tracked until they are either 1) determined to be HIV+, initiated on HAART, and linked to lifelong pediatric HIV care, 2) conclusively determined to be HIV-negative at 24 months, or 3) accounted for the rare outcomes of infant mortality or transfer to another health facility. Every step of the EID cascade is monitored by the HITSystem to ensure appropriate service at the right infant age to maximize prevention and treatment outcomes, and targets excessive time lags for laboratory test results.

Reducing infant mortality associated with HIV/AIDS

Tracking infants at critical points to rule out further transmission

Utilizing text messaging to improve mother and infant HIV care and treatment

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HIV / AIDS Program | HITSystem

The Problem

HIV/AIDS continues to have a devastating impact on people living in resource-limited countries around the globe. Over 800,000 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.

The Solution

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.

Our Part : The HITSystem


Sometimes solutions 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, this can be tough but not impossible. So we put together the HITSystem.

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.

The HITSystem is an innovative online system that facilitates improved communication between clinics, laboratories, and mothers to ultimately improve care for HIV-exposed infants. Based on the country specific HIV Pediatric Guidelines, the HITSystem utilizes an algorithm based on the infant’s date of birth to establish alerts for the eight time-sensitive interventions for HIV-exposed infants. Once an infant is enrolled into the HITSystem, they are tracked until they are either 1) determined to be HIV+, initiated on HAART, and linked to lifelong pediatric HIV care, 2) conclusively determined to be HIV-negative at 24 months, or 3) accounted for the rare outcomes of infant mortality or transfer to another health facility. Every step of the EID cascade is monitored by the HITSystem to ensure appropriate service at the right infant age to maximize prevention and treatment outcomes, and targets excessive time lags for laboratory test results.

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