APC Partners with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company to Provide Mobile eHealth Support for PLHIV

January 19, 2017
Handover of telephones
Handover of Telephones. Left to Right: Allison Parker, GT&T; Lisa Thompson, APC; Nicholas Persaud, APC; and Nadia De Abreu, GT&T

The USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project in Guyana recently established a new partnership with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T). GT&T is partnering with APC to provide mobile phones and monthly credit installments to support APC’s efforts to reach people living with HIV (PLHIV).

GT&T provided APC with four mobile phones and monthly credit worth 5,000 Guyanese dollars for APC-supported NGOs to use. GT&T’s donation is expected to enhance the following services:

  • Support to PLHIV for adherence to antiretroviral medication
  • Timely responses to requests for remote patient care
  • Provision of basic HIV prevention information and other relevant health messages
  • Linkages between PLHIV and HIV support services, including HIV testing and counselling
  • Appointment reminders: prior to a scheduled clinic appointment, a client will receive a text message with details on the upcoming appointment
  • Data gathering and analysis for service management purposes.

Global evidence indicates the increasing significance of information and communitication techonology to improve reach and retenton in HIV care. Mobile technology provides a feasible and affordable mechanism for engaging clients, and can be an indispensable tool in the fight against HIV in Guyana.

APC aims to utilize mobile phones for health services as part of an HIV prevention strategy for APC-supported NGOs Guyana. Clients will benefit through increased interaction via phone calls, text messaging and social media channels.

APC looks forward to developing other partnerships with private sectors across Guyana with the aim of enhancing services for PLHIV.