Fondation Pierre Fabre

Increasing the rate of the on-time attendances and on-time completion of the multi drug treatment regimen amongst leprosy patients

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About the sponsor


Universitas Dian Nuswantoro (UDINUS) is an Indonesian university with A accreditation status. UDINUS has five faculties including a Faculty of Health Science.

Sector: Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Country of origin: Indonesia

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The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Infectious diseases
  • Chronic diseases

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • Provincial/regional (in one region of a single country)

Initiative start date

  • 07/01/2014

Initiative end date

  • 03/31/2016


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Donations
  • Dissertation Research Project

About the initiative

The initiative has developed an e-leprosy framework in the form of a web-based system application enriched with bidirectional SMS for leprosy surveillance officers (LSO). E-leprosy automatically sent SMS reminders to 27 LSO and 173 patients and relatives. LSO, patients and their relatives are included in the e-leprosy database.

The participants received SMS every month for three days before and after the due date of obtaining an MDT blister pack from a PHC. E-leprosy repeatedly sent SMS to patients, relatives, and LSO consistently with patient’s leprosy type. LSO received reminders only for their responsible patients. Furthermore, in the case that patients have already undergone MDT, LSO should respond to e-leprosy by SMS replies, while patients and relatives did not have to reply to e-leprosy.

The replies from LSO would automatically update the e-leprosy database for scheduling the next MDT reminders. E-leprosy stopped sending SMS reminders when it had already received SMS replies consistently with patient’s leprosy type. The patients, relatives, and LSO also received reminders when e-leprosy did not receive any SMS replies for three consecutive months. These reminders were sent to prevent uncompleted treatments.

The design of initiative requires the active involvement of LSO so that the initiative needs to be included in routine health program of the District Health Office and constantly giving motivation to LSO such as rewards. The technology that is adopted should be simple and suitable with the infrastructure of the low and middle-income country.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC) - Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Sick people
  • Patient family/entourage

Initiative objectives

  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

195 Number of beneficiaries since launch

27 Number of users per Day

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

evaluated independently