SMS printers are used to improve early infant diagnosis (EID) turnaround times (TAT) enabling early initiation of pediatric ART. Currently installed at 33 sites, results are received directly from the zonal facility following sample analysis and data entry. This has reduced the early infant diagnosis turnaround time to below one month (2 weeks average).

Challenge(s)

Previously, the dry blood spot (DBS) test results took 8-12 weeks. This delay resulted in loss to follow- up of the infant.

Audience

Facility Healthcare Workers, Zonal Laboratory Technicians

Key Technologies

Mobile Phones, SMS printers

Metrics/ Evidence

TAT of results from zonal laboratory to health facilities was reduced from three months to an average of two weeks.