hi4life Health Portal

HIVSA believes that providing easy access to relevant, updated public health information will have a positive impact on health outcomes including HIV, as access to information educates and empowers people and promotes health-seeking behaviour for themselves and their loved ones. Having substantial experience in producing and disseminating large volumes of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, HIVSA recognises the importance of using mobile phone technology for information and mHealth education.

In South Africa, mobile phones have become a major channel for information. More households own a mobile phone than a radio, and SMS, please call me, the internet and Mxit, for example, can be used for large-scale health information and education applications at relatively low cost.

In South Africa there are approximately 45-million cellphones in use, and the number of sim cards in use exceed the population. High coverage resulting in high impact can be obtained through an nnovative national eHealth mobile phone application

HIVSA has developed an innovative cellphone service to allow all South Africans, in particular women and their partners, access to relevant, up-to-date, health information on HIV, TB, pregnancy and infant health. This service, called hi4life, provides important information relating to primary health care, including sexual and reproductive health and HIV. This initiative is funded by USAID and PEPFAR through the Anova Health Institute.

In South Africa, mobile phones have become a major channel for information. More households own a mobile phone than a radio, and SMS, please call me, the internet and Mxit, for example, can be used for large-scale health information and education applications.

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