HEWLETT-PACKARD : HP and mothers2mothers Partner to Prevent Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV in Africa
01/25/2011| 03:05am US/Eastern
Today at the Digital Life Design conference, HP (NYSE:HPQ) and mothers2mothers
(m2m), a South Africa-based nongovernmental organization, announced a
new collaboration that will use the power of technology to help prevent
the transmission of HIV from HIV-positive pregnant mothers in Africa to
HP and mothers2mothers collaborate to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to children in Africa, converting the paper-based patient records system into a digital community. (Photo: mothers2mothers)
New database technology and cloud and mobile services from HP will
convert the current paper-based patient records system into a digital
community that enables easy sharing of information across the m2m
network of more than 700 sites in sub-Saharan Africa. This more
efficient management system will empower counselors to provide more
effective education and support services to pregnant mothers.
The system will provide easy access to up-to-date information on
patient treatment plans and advanced reporting tools to provide faster
and more effective access to information. This will allow m2m to scale
knowledge and best practices across its network.
In the next phase of the program, m2m employees will be able to
collect and share data via basic mobile phones, creating an ?always
connected? environment. This will enable employees to collect data
more efficiently from patients and, over time, will help the operation
scale to meet the demands of more patients.
Unique approach to HIV prevention
m2m helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an
effective, sustainable model of care. Each year, m2m counsels more than
1.5 million women in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mothers living with HIV are employed to mentor HIV-positive pregnant and
new mothers in health facilities. They work side by side with doctors
and nurses, supporting and educating women about how to take their
medicines and care of themselves and their babies. The mothers employed
by m2m come from the local communities in which they work, providing a
solution to the lack of healthcare providers in Africa. These counselors
help combat the stigma of HIV within the community, empowering the women
they counsel and ultimately saving lives.
Background on mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Mother-to-child HIV transmission rates remain high in Africa in part due
to the challenge of ensuring mothers' adherence to medical treatment.
Additional facts on the scope of this issue:
There are more than 1.3 million pregnant women living with HIV in
Africa.(1) Without any interventions, 40 percent of those
women will have HIV-positive babies.(2)
Each year, more babies are born with HIV in one busy clinic in Africa
than in the United States, Canada and England combined. Worldwide, 1.4
million pregnant women are HIV-positive. Eighty-eight percent of these
women live in sub-Saharan Africa.(1)
Preventing the transmission of HIV from a mother to a child is
straightforward. Its simplest application – a single dose of
medication to a mother during labor and a dose to her infant shortly
after birth – can cut transmission risk nearly in half.(2)
HP and global health
The HP global health initiative, a key part of the
company's global social innovation program, aims to enrich society
by using the breadth and scale of HP technology to drive structural,
systemic improvements in health access and delivery. HP connects social
entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations with access to mobile, cloud
and enterprise technology expertise so they can build unique solutions
that ultimately save lives.
HP recently announced alliances with African social enterprise mPedigree
to fight counterfeit malaria drugs through an innovative mobile phone
and cloud services solution, and with the Clinton
Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to appreciably improve the speed of
HIV diagnosis for infants in Kenya.
?mothers2mothers now helps more than 1.5 million women each year. With
technological expertise from HP, we can modernize our paper-based
infrastructure to a highly efficient digital model, allowing us to meet
the growing demand for our services and put information directly into
the hands of our Mentor Mothers. This new system will enable us to serve
women much more effectively through improved knowledge and insight.?
- Gene Falk, co-founder and chief executive officer, mothers2mothers
?Global health is one of the last frontiers for IT transformation and
holds immense promise for significant improvement to the quality of care
available through the appropriate application and use of technology.
With mothers2mothers' rich understanding of health challenges in Africa,
we can transform the lives of women in Africa and provide greater hope
in winning the fight against HIV/AIDS.?
- Gabriele Zedlmayer, vice president, Office of Global Social
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact
on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest
technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing,
personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve
customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.
universal access: Scaling up priority HIV/AIDS interventions in the
health sector,? World Health Organization, September 2010.
mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT),? Avert.
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