The administration is preparing ground for building a database on the status of HIV-infected women and children in the district with the help of mobile technology. A two-day training programme on ‘prevention of parent-to-child transmission of HVI/AIDS’ commenced here on Friday under the joint aegis of the District AIDS Control and Prevention Unit (DAPCU), Apple, a non-governmental organisation working for HIV/AIDS patients and a corporate firm, Infrastructure and Financial Services Limited. Outreach workers from West and East Godavari districts were involved in the training programme.

According to T.V.S. Ranjith Babu, State coordinator of the corporate firm, the firm has volunteered to fund for mobiles along with SIM cards for distribution to over 900 outreach workers across the State as part of the mission for the database creation.

The mobiles equipped with general pocket radio service (GPRS) and software facilities enabling online registration of women and children with HIV/AIDS symptoms are connected to the servers of the Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS), the funding agencies overseas and over 300 NGOs across the State and the country. Speaking at the inaugural programme, Mr. Ranjit Babu said the initiative would ensure a regular follow-up action on the health status of the infected mothers so as to prevent transmission of the disease to children. Besides, it will help in avoiding duplication in entry of patients.

The software loaded in the mobile phones would help in receiving automatic SMS alerts by the outreach workers on the schedules of health check ups for the pregnant women enrolled for the purpose, he said.

  • GPRS and software facilities will help in online registration of women and children with HIV/AIDS

  • ‘Health check-ups involving all the pregnant women will be over within 7-10 days in the district’