Kenya: Technology Revolutionises Tuberculosis Management

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The use of technology is revolutionising the way Kenya manages tuberculosis. Through a computer- and mobile-phone based programme called Tibu, health facilities are able to request TB drugs in real-time and manage TB patient data more effectively, health officials say. They also use the platform to carry out health education.

"One of the challenges we have had with TB treatment is people defaulting [on treatment], but this will reduce significantly because through Tibu we will be able to track down patient treatment progress," Joseph Sitienei, head of the Division of Leprosy, TB and Lung Disease at the National AIDS Control Programme, told IRIN.