Fondation Pierre Fabre

To improve the acceptability of a web-based HIV Self-Test diagnostic delivery service

Main beneficiary country:
South Africa

About the sponsor

Iyeza Health ( Pty ) Ltd

Iyeza Health was founded by Sizwe Nzma who developed a bicycle delivery service that collects chronic medication from public health facilities and delivers it directly to people’s homes in low income communities. Now Iyeza Health has become a health logistics company focused on supporting health systems currently in existence, strengthening and enhancing health programme sustainability over time in local communities through mobile health platforms.

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: South Africa

The organisation has:

8
Full-Time Equivalents
8
Employees
0
Volunteer
2
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • HIV/AIDS

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 06/01/2016

Initiative end date

  • 06/30/2017

Financing

Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries
  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities

About the initiative

Previous research has indicated that healthcare services need to create accessibility and link each stage of the treatment cascade to encourage health-seeking behaviour in clients. While HIV testing rates have improved, the majority of HIV positive individuals do not know their HIV status, which hampers responses to the South African epidemic. 

HIV self-testing (HIVST) is an empowering and innovative way to reach more people with HIV and help achieve the first of the United Nation’s 90–90–90 targets – for 90% of all people with HIV to know their status by 2020. Our mobile and courier solution aims to assist people with diagnostic self-testing at home and, in doing so, to provide a convenient channel for proactive and preventative screening and care. Our approach is to improve access to screening and medication to poor resource communities. This will improve linkage to care to commence treatment.

Rapid HIV self-testing (HIVST) has high fidelity, feasibility and acceptability, and has the potential to provide testing to individuals who do not regularly use traditional healthcare services, providing an opportunity for early care. This platform aim to improve the acceptability of a web-based HIV Self-Test diagnostic delivery service. We have developed a useful clinical mobile application with the aim of improving access to self-testing diagnostics devices that encourage screening and early detection of disease. Through a marketing campaign patients are encouraged to log onto the website to request an HIVST. The website informs participants with text of the benefits of HIV self testing and an accompanying video and provided referral options. After providing consent, a courier was notified to deliver the iTest HIV Self-Test kit to the participant’s self-identified address. A counsellor completes the acceptability questionnaire telephonically within two weeks of delivery. www.hivselftesting

Fields of application:

Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC) - Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Entire population
  • Pregnant women

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering

Key figures

12500 Number of beneficiaries since launch

2500 Number of users per Month

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet

Offline use

No

Open Source

Yes

Open Data

Yes

Independent evaluation

Yes
evaluated independently

Partners

ATOMO DIAGNOSTICS

Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Desmond Tutu Foundation ( University of Cape Town)

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Discovery Health

Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Partners

Collaborators

startupBrics