Mobile phone innovation helps TB patients

1 June 2011 – Karachi, Pakistan – The Indus Hospital has been able to increase its case detection of tuberculosis  (TB) following the start of a new programme that uses mobile phone technology and financial incentives to track down people with TB.

Increased case detection is a crucial step towards getting more people treated for TB and preventing further infections. For every 10 additional cases detected, an estimated 5 lives are saved and 100 infections are prevented.

The incentive system operates using mobile banking facilities that have emerged recently in Karachi.

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