As promised, here is an interview with one of the Community Health Workers involved with the pilot in Malawi. Verona speaks on why she started volunteering, how the SMS program has changed her ability to care for patients, and what it means to be a healthcare volunteer.
Here are a few of the messages sent to the hospital by Verona, in the first weeks of the pilot:
AK has a problem of CCF; his medicine is finished, and he is getting a bit better.
AJ is on TB treatment, he is taking the drugs following instructions. He is improving. AM had swollen thighs but she is improving. She is taking drugs following instructions – the guardian is strict.
Adherence: TN is alright. He is taking the drugs following the instructions, he did not miss any day.
PT is very fine, working hard in the garden. He did not miss any day.