CommCare for TB Prevention, Detection, and Treatment
While tuberculosis (TB) incidence has decreased worldwide, developing
countries still bear the greatest burden of TB, with 95% of TB deaths
occurring in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2014). At the
same time, multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB rates continue to rise.
Programs such as DOTS (Directly Observed Therapy Support) assist
countries in treating TB, however, ongoing supervision and support can
be difficult to provide, resulting in limited success of otherwise
Mobile technology can help build TB treatment capacity. Limited health
care personnel, insufficient training, and counterfeit medicines are
significant contributors to the TB epidemic, all of which can be
improved with mobile technology. CommCare, in addition to CommCare
Supply features and SMS tools for patient engagement, can be used
together or separately to support TB programs.