Airtel Malawi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNAIDS on the use of a mobile phone application towards mitigating the impact of HIV/Aids in the communities.
Speaking in Lilongwe on Wednesday during the signing ceremony, Airtel Malawi Managing Director Heiko Schlittke said the effort is championed by the provision of a toll free number (300).
“This mobile phone application will escalate the power of mobile technology in a bid to help reverse the HIV/AIDS crisis in Malawi by reaching out to as many infected people as possible.
“Much as our healthcare system is overburdened, Airtel is of the view that mobile devices can be a profound tool for HIV and Aids healthcare information,” he said.
He observed that the number of mobile phone users surpasses the number of hospitals in any geographical position of the country, hence the effort being one of the largest projects for the pandemic.
UNAIDS Country Director Amakobe Sande said the platform will provide patients accessing healthcare to share their experiences via mobile phones be it about the current supply of their medication or their overall experiences at various health care outlets.
Sande said UNAIDS will orient people living with HIV on the use of the application.
Last month, Airtel also partnered with the Protect the Goal HIV/AIDS as sponsored the annual conference hosted by the Society for Women and Aids in Malawi.