27 November 2012

Kenya: Sh42.5 Million Project to Boost TB Treatment

The Public Health ministry yesterday launched a new $500,000 (Sh42.5 million) management programme to enhance the treatment of Tuberculosis. The TIBU programme management system has been integrated with Safaricom's M-Pesa system to enable payment for services.

Payments for Multi-Drug Resistant patients, who are usually reimbursed their fare to encourage them to go for treatment, will be paid through M-Pesa. TIBU is a unique model that specifically addresses the challenge of data management.

The ministry partnered with Safaricom and USAID in developing it. It is already being implemented at the Coast. Director of Public Health Shahnaaz Shariff yesterday said the ministry is in the process of getting rid of paper-based approach to treatment. He said the new system will address the challenge of shortage of personnel in the treatment of TB and other diseases.

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