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Opportunities in the Establishment of Mobile Healthcare System for HIV and TB Patients in Zanzibar

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Author(s) Haji Ali Haji, Rahma Mussa Ali and Khamis Abubakar Suleiman
On Pages 296-300
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 12
Issue Date December, 2013
Publishing Date December, 2013
Keywords opportunities, mobile healthcare system, HIV and TB.


Abstract


The purpose of this paper is to discuss the opportunities in establishment of mobile healthcare system for HIV and TB patients in Zanzibar. In the current era, use of mobile devices such as mobile phones to healthcare has increasing rapidly. The paper has begun to review the various studies of mobile health technology conducted in different countries around the world. Sixteen participants including patients and health care professionals in department of infectious disease at MnaziMmoja Hospital in Zanzibar were interviewed in groups and individually. It found that the use of mobile phones to healthcare has benefit potentials to help the patient and healthcare provider during the treatment process. Particularly in the countries which have poor infrastructures and lack of health workers such as Zanzibar. It is hoped that the establishment of the mobile healthcare could support patients to follow the medication regulations as prescribed by receiving health reminder messages and sequentially, they can be cured at right time.

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