Digital Health

Provides opportunities for people who avoid HIV and SRH services out of stigma and discrimination. Together with partners, we’ve built multiple digital health solutions that really touch upon the need for accessibility, anonymity, and user-friendliness

Digital Health

Provides opportunities for people who avoid HIV and SRH services out of stigma and discrimination. Together with partners, we’ve built multiple digital health solutions that really touch upon the need for accessibility, anonymity, and user-friendliness

Why people have difficulties taking care of their health

Many people have no or limited access to health information and services, including sexual and reproductive health and HIV. Sex workers and LGBT people are being criminalised and they face stigma, violence and human rights violations, impeding access to health services. Young people avoid services for not being youth friendly and fear judgmental staff. The healthcare system is often overburdened, lacks privacy, or information and services are of poor quality. Digital health solutions solve many of these challenges.

Digital health & HIV response

Digital health is increasingly being seen as an essential factor to ending AIDS as a public health threat. For example, mobile technology is helping people affected by HIV in remote areas access information about HIV prevention or adhere to treatment. Electronic health records are strengthening the HIV care cascade by providing accurate and timely patient information. Social media is bringing people affected by HIV together to share information and campaign for their rights.

So new options open up to access healthcare from the privacy of their own home. Digital health stimulates self-care by enabling individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease and cope with illness and disability with little to no interference with traditional healthcare providers. It provides opportunities for people who have avoided HIV services for stigma associated with the virus.

Harnessing the power of digital technologies to address the health needs of communities most affected by HIV is essential for achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Screenshot Thandizo tool

Our vision: digital health enables selfcare

Aidsfonds’ vision on digital health is to enable the most affected communities to practice self-care: prevent, diagnose and treat health issues through improved access to comprehensive information, services and self-care products, and accelerate universal health coverage for everyone.  

We use a holistic approach to reach our ambition: 

  • Support our local and international partners on how to build effective and efficient digital health solutions, e.g. health education videos in Uganda
  • Co-create digital health eco-systems that provide quality information, services and self-care products to our communities, e.g. youth brand B-wise Stepped Care in South Africa
  • Co-create digital health tools that support peer-educators and community health workers in providing health care to our communities, e.g. Thandizo tool in Malawi

Stepped Care Model for Sexual Health

With our Stepped Care Model for Sexual Health we help partners organise and optimise existing SRHR services and information under one, trusted youth-friendly brand. It facilitates self-care by connecting young people to the different services that directly meet their needs. It helps professionals to empower young people to make informed decisions. 

Aidsfonds & Soa Aids Nederland have introduced and developed the Stepped Care model in the Netherlands around the youth-brand Sense. Building upon 10 years of experience from this brand, Aidsfonds has taken the initiative to scale the model internationally, currently contextualizing the model in South Africa with B-wise, Kenya with One2One and Mozambique with Vibrações.

Health at your fingertips with youth brand B-wise

A successful example of the Stepped Care Model for Sexual Health is youth brand B-wise, which is adapted to the South African context. B-wise is led by the South African National Department of Health with the aim to become the most trusted, personalized and engaging source of SRHR health information for adolescents and youth in South Africa, with the objective to decrease new HIV infections, gender-based violence and teenage pregnancies, increase retention in schools and better mental health outcomes.

Sscreenshot B-wise website

More of our digital health solutions

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This was us, developing the tool for ourselves. It is also going to help other young people living with HIV to adhere to treatment - Chikondi from Malawi about the Thandizo tool

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B-wise South Africa - Stepped Care Model

Youth brand B-wise is built around the Stepped Care Model for Sexual Health adap...

One2One Kenya - Stepped Care Model

The One2One website as part of the broader Stepped Care model contains sex-posit...

Thandizo Tool

The Thandizo tool is an online application for Community Health Care Workers to ...

GUSO Flexi

GUSO Flexi implements an innovative business model (Healthy Entrepreneurs) in th...

Sparked Women: Local Business Solutions for Better Health

The Sparked Women project aims to reduce new HIV infections among young women in...

Get in touch with our expert

Are you interested to know more about our digital health innovations? Or how to participate in the scale-up of these solutions? Do not hesitate to get in touch to share your thoughts! Our digital health expert Leon Essink will be happy to hear from you.

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