To boost HIV testing in the country, AIDSFree Ethiopia has developed a new technological solution that allows humans to interact with computers through voice and keyboard touchpad entries. The approach is called Integrated Voice Response, and the new system allows public and private testing sites to more easily and efficiently report their stock status of HIV test kits.
The system is an extension of the mBrana mobile system, developed for vaccine inventory management with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Users will report their stock on hand for the three types of HIV test kits— screening, confirmatory, and tiebreaker. Responses are linked to the Supply Chain Dashboard, allowing decision- makers to quickly identify problems, such as sites that report stockouts, and take action.
Eliminating test kit shortages is critical to the Government of Ethiopia’s Catch Up campaign for HIV testing, and the system is initially being deployed to public and private testing sites in 20 priority towns. In September 2017, more than 400 testing sites from the 20 towns—more than half of them private—reported their stock status.
The system is being deployed in collaboration with the Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management project (GHSC-PSM), who is providing user support.