Using SMSs to reduce loss to follow-up in PMTCT

 

AIDS-related illnesses are a serious health problem for mothers and children in South Africa, accounting for an estimated 20% of maternal deaths and 40% of under-five deaths [1]. South Africa has widely available prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services, but it is a battle to keep mothers in the programme. How can an already over-burdened health care system ensure that HIV-positive mothers come back for their appointments, and get their babies tested for HIV? Cell-Life, partnering with Empilweni PMTCT clinic in Johannesburg, is doing a randomised, controlled trial to assess whether SMSs can be used to reduce loss to follow-up of mothers delivering at Rahima Moosa hospital in Johannesburg.

 

Below are four of the texts that were sent to the mothers in the PMTCT Study

 

SMSs sent in the PMTCT study

 

To view the poster created on the study, click here

 

If you would like to find out more about this study please contact Katherine de Tolly -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


[1] South Africa National Department of Health (2009) Operational Plan for the scale up and improvement of the quality of services for the prevention of mother to child transmission in the context of integrated maternal and child health care in South Africa.