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HP continues the fight against HIV

Once again, around the world we have united on World AIDS Day (December 1st) in the fight against HIV, and to show support for people with HIV. Current estimates are that 34 million people now have HIV and – as more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 died from the virus – it is one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

 

HP continues to make substantial contributions to the fight against this deadly virus with two very successful initiatives.

 

One is our award-winning life-saving health initiative with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and governments in Africa. Now in its fourth year, this Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) alliance uses HP technology to replace antiquated paper-based testing systems in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria. These systems used to delay receipt of infant HIV test results and diagnoses, holding babies back from the life-saving antiretroviral treatments they need. They also failed to provide Ministries of Health with statistical data vital to improving the provision of medical services.

 

 

The EID solution is proving highly successful in all locations and more than 350,000 infants have been tested so far. The latest news is that in Uganda’s remotest rural clinics, we are in phase three of implementing 3G printers (HP all-in-one HP OfficeJet 6700 printers equipped with a modem that can connect to any 3G network using local SIM cards). These printers can receive emails and text messages, and can be used to check and print out online HIV test results – an instant communications link with city-based testing centers. In Nigeria, our partner CHAI is finishing the implementation of two EID laboratories as proof of concept; during December, an EID dashboard should be up and running, enabling users to start capturing Nigerian HIV statistics.

 

Another important HP program is our collaboration with mothers2mothers, a South African-based non-profit organization that employs and trains HIV-positive mothers to mentor other HIV-positive women who are pregnant or who have just given birth. These mentors explain how to prevent the transmission of HIV to newborn babies. HP has teamed up with m2m to develop an IT infrastructure that moves m2m's paper-based record-keeping systems to a digital system. This allows the mentor mothers to more easily collect and exchange information, as well as tap into it from across the m2m network. A scalable database offers more accurate and timely information and gives m2m the ability to make better decisions and provide better care.

 

Click here to find out more about Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) and the work with mothers2mothers.

If you would like to donate to the causes, please visit www.clintonhealthaccess.org and www.m2m.org.

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