MINISTER LAUNCHES MOBILE APP FOR TESTING, TREATING HIV AND AIDS

TANZANIA: HIV/DAILY NEWS/5/9/18 SABANews 1

DAR ES SALAAM – Health Minister UMMY MWALIMU of TANZANIA has launched a cell phone-based application that supports testing, treatment and improves adherence to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu (Pic. Daily News)

The DAILY NEWS says fast ART self-assessment and ARV refill is a part of mobile phone health initiative that HIV patients use for self-check in, and an appointment reminder for patients.

The UNITED STATES President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, supported the launch with support from the WALTER REED Army Institute of Research and the HENRY JACKSON Foundation Medical Research International.

The publication says Minister MWALIMU, also in charge of Community Development, Gender, the Elderly, and Children, has addressed delegates during the FURAHA YANGU Campaign in the south-western city of SONGEA.

It says she has commended the intervention, saying it will help HIV and AIDS patients to improve their adherence to medication, decongest clinics, and allow for more, quality time to see an expert.

Minister MWALIMU says as a result, clients will have better access to ARV services, thus improving adherence and retention as well as supporting the SECOND and THIRD Phases of the 90-90-90 UN-AIDS goals.

She says they expect the cell phone-based application to improve the government’s service delivery model for stable clients on ART.

It comprises a virtual self-check-in that allows the client to navigate through an unstructured supplementary service data menu, completing a series of questions similar to those an expert would ask during a typical clinic visit.

The answers qualify the client either for a refill of medication from a nearby pharmacy or pick-up point, or for referral back to the Care and Treatment Centre for physical check-up and management.

Minister MWALIMU says the facility supports the differentiated care models allowing for multi-month scripting and spaced-out clinical visits for stable clients.

The TANZANIAN Cabinet member says the scheme aims to increase retention and adherence to ART through a secure phone-based two-way messaging system./Sabanews/cam

NATION TO CONNECT WITH REST OF THE WORLD IN TWO YEARS

SEYCHELLES: COMMUNICATIONS/SNA/5/9/18 SABANews 1

BEIJING – SEYCHELLES has entered into serious deals to link the island nation to the rest of the world with a SECOND underwater communications cable system,

Currently, SEYCHELLES has only ONE fibre-optic cable, built under the SEYCHELLES East AFRICA System connecting the main island of MAHE to DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.

Launching the undersea fibre optic cable at Beau Vallon in 2012 (Pic. SNA)

The new facility will connect the county to the PAKISTAN East AFRICA Cable Express by a submarine cable system, laid on the seabed between land-based stations to carry telecommunication signals across stretches of ocean and sea.

The latest submarine cable system has TWO landing points in the PAKISTANI cities of GWADAR and KARACHI and it stretches across AFRICA as well as EUROPE.

The scheme is part of efforts by CHINA to offer better connectivity between the potentially rich but unexplored AFRICAN markets, according to the PRO-PAKISTANI publication.

SEYCHELLES Cable Systems Company has signed the new deal with HUAWEI MARINE NETWORKS, PEACE CABLE INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS, and HUAWEI INTERNATIONAL.

The national news agency says President DANNY FAURE has witnessed the signing ceremony this WEDNESDAY in the CHINESE capital, BEIJING, and the project is to start in 2019, with completion in 2020.

SNA quotes Information Communication and Technology Principal Secretary BENJAMIN CHOPPY as saying the contract marks the start of achieving ONE of the strategic national infrastructure projects.

He says with the SECOND submarine cable link, the country achieves a long-desired goal of security in its international telecommunications links, as connectivity to the rest of the world is indispensable for a small island developing state.

Earlier on President FAURE told citizens during his 2018 State of the Nation Address on SIX MARCH, in case of an accident with the FIRST cable, the SECOND cable provides an alternative route.

His comments came after telecommunication services in the country were interrupted for close to HALF a day due to civil work carried out in DAR ES SALAAM in mid-JANUARY.

However, Principal Secretary CHOPPY says by joining the PAKISTAN East AFRICA Cable Express, SEYCHELLES links with the rest of AFRICA and ASIA – as well as directly with EUROPE./Sabanews/cam