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Airtel Malawi, UNAID sign MoU on HIV, AIDS app

Airtel Malawi and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), have concluded plans to assist people living with HIV and AIDS in the country to access and share information about their medication use via their mobile phones, ITRealms reports.

This is coming after the Malawian telecommunications company signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) with UNAIDS recently.

Managing Director, Airtel Malawi, Heiko Schlittke, said the telco had made available a toll free number which will be used for information dissemination adding that mobile devices can be used as a tool to assess HIV and AIDS information.

"This mobile phone application will escalate the power of mobile technology in a bid to help reverse the HIV and AIDS crisis in Malawi by reaching out as many infected people as possible," said Schittke.

The UNAIDS country director for Malawi, Amakobe Sande, said the new mobile based platform would assist people affected and infected with the virus to access information about supplies of medication across the country apart from health tips among other things. 

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