Zetech collaborates with CHAI in national HIV Health campaign
A Non-Governmental Organization has kicked off an upgrade of the Antiretroviral Dispensing Tool (ADT) in a bid to ensure uninterrupted supply of ARV drugs to HIV+ patients in the country. Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), a global organization that has been in the country for the last fifteen years has injected sh 200 million in the system upgrade. ADT has been operational in the country for the last seven years.
CHAI country Director Gerald Macharia said that the upgrade is meant to digitize the tool after which it will be rolled out to all health facilities across the country. Speaking at the sidelines of a three-day training of Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) at Zetech University in Ruiru, Macharia noted that upon digitization of the system, health facilities will be able to dispense ARVs to patients in a timely manner. “It will also ensure that health facilities don’t run out of the drugs stock and ease tracking of patients who are on treatment to ensure that they are responding to their treatment,” Macharia said.
Zetech Vice Chancellor Prof Njenga Munene, accompanied by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics and Research Dr Alice Njuguna during the workshop, said that the University has groomed experts who are well versed in programming and system development who will be useful in the ADT system upgrade.
“This partnership will now give our students, whom we’ve bred into IT gurus, the industrial exposure they need. It will be their opportunity to put into practice what they have been taught,” Prof Munene said. He added that some eight members of staff at the University have been trained as ‘super users’ who will be support the programme across the country.
The Director, who doubles as the CHAI Vice President of East and Southern Africa, also noted that upgrading of the ADT system will enhance monitoring of patients and if their interaction with the medicine is positive and benefitting them.“Besides improving efficiency in dispensing the ARVs and ensuring optimal functioning of the drugs supply chain in the health facilities, the system after the upgrade will enable health workers track the response of the patients to the medicine,” Macharia said, adding that in collaboration with relevant parties, CHAI is determined to have the viral suppression achieved at a very high level and to help patients live a long and productive life.
He noted that as CHAI works Ministry of Health through the National AIDS & STI Control Programme (NASCOP) in combating HIV prevalence in the country, they have partnered with higher learning institutions including Zetech University “to ensure sustainability of the programme technology-wise.”