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Early infant diagnosis project
In Africa, thousands of infants born with HIV die each year because outdated processes delay essential testing and treatment. Early treatment is critical in helping control the virus and improves survival rates. Working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Kenyan Ministry of Health, HP developed the Early Infant Diagnosis project to enhance early testing and treatment of infants exposed to HIV.
By using technology to connect remote clinics, test results can be delivered in days instead of weeks or even months,
enabling life-saving treatment to start on much earlier—a huge improvement that has the potential to save thousands of lives.
Better technology for faster test results
As of 2012, six state-of-the-art HP data centers connect with five laboratories, providing a platform to speed data transmission in both Kenya and Uganda, countries that have tested more than 200,000 infants. The program is also in the process of expanding to Nigeria.
Blood samples are assigned a barcode, tested, and then recorded in a database. Instead of being sent by postal mail, results are routed by text message to SMS-enabled HP printers in rural clinics.
If clinics have Internet access, they can also receive the results by email or access the data online. A process that used to take several months now reliably takes less than 30 days, allowing HIV-positive patients to receive antiretroviral treatment early. Commencing treatment at an early stage is critical in controlling the virus and is directly related to survival rates.
Thousands of infants tested
In 2012, approximately 200,000 infants were tested in Kenya and Uganda through EID, and it is estimated that number will grow to 220,000 in 2013. In 2012, HP was honored with the Justmeans Social Innovation Award, the Computerworld Honors Award, the GBC Health Award, and the mHealth Award for the EID project.