January 2012 – October 2012
The Kgakololo (meaning ‘reminder’ in Setswana) Project Partnership was a pilot partnership between Positive Innovation Next Generation (PING), a Botswana organization that leveraged innovative technology to address health challenges, and CDC Botswana, in support of PING’s Kgakololo Project. The project aimed to leverage the technological infrastructure and high rates of cell phone penetration in Botswana to improve antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence for HIV/AIDS patients and reduce mortality rates.
The pilot leveraged an open source platform, BotsProject, with Mascom, for sending coded SMS reminders to patients who had enrolled in the project. These SMS messages were used to remind patients receiving ART to follow their treatment regimens, and alert them of clinic appointments. The platform also allowed patients to send inquiries via SMS to PING who then handled the inquiry. Also the partnership sought to improve quality of care under PING’s four key sub-pilot projects programs – Kgakololo Antiretroviral; Circumcision Project; Referrals Project Project; and Lab Results. The partnership provided a baseline for leveraging information obtained from the Kgakololo Adherence Project pilot to inform the scale-up of mHealth in Botswana.
Management; Contracts & Funds Management; Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting; and Communications & Knowledge Management
Host Government Partner
Ministry of Health