Expansion of the two-way texting approach for male circumcision post-operative care in South Africa

The University of Washington, Department of Global Health’s International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), Medic, and local partners including Zim-TTECH, Lighthouse Trust, and Aurum Institute, collaboratively designed, developed, and scaled a CHT-based voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) app for post-operative follow-up with support from the National Institute of Health, USA. This direct-to-client (D2C), two-way texting (2wT) app supports automated, interactive telehealth via direct-to-client messaging between VMMC nurses and clients.

The D2C / 2wT workflows can provide health assistance to clients by connecting them with health care providers based at the facility or community. D2C / 2wT offers convenient care – allowing both parties to communicate when needed or wanted. With 2wT, clients can communicate directly via the SMS which does not require a smartphone and can be sent via basic mobile phones. Find out more on how D2C / 2wT can help improve healthcare access, encourage client engagement in care, promote healthy behaviors and support delivery of client centered care, including in harder to reach rural or remote areas in recording here.

If you are interested in looking into VMMC code, it is open and available which can be accessed following the link D2C messaging app for post-op care. You can find additional information on:

Also, for more details please refer to CHT doc website- Direct-to-client, two-way texting workflows on CHT. Thank you @cfeld, Calsile, and @Evelyn_Waweru for sharing with CHT community in March 2024, CHT Round-up call. :slightly_smiling_face: