"Thanks to funding from Designer Collections Foundation, Sawubona launched its service at the Don McKenzie Hospital in rural South Africa in September 2013. More than 2500 patients have already been enrolled with an over 90% retention rate. Sawubona will soon be expanding its proven technology to the Umndeni Care Program in the village of KwaXimba and will pursue further expansion throughout South Africa in 2014," stated Dario Sava, CTO.
Sawubona Health is a non-profit organization that aims to help rural communities hit by the HIV pandemic. HIV infection requires lifelong treatment to stay healthy and prevent new infections. However, every year many HIV patients in Africa stop taking their medicines, or default on treatment, for a variety of reasons, including lack of social support. Sawubona, which means “I see you” in the African language isiZulu, tackles this problem by sending HIV patients supportive, personalized, and low-cost weekly text messages. Such methods have been proven to lower the rate of default in academic trials.