Real-time Tuberculosis Medication Adherence Intervention in Rural Southwestern Uganda

  • Acronym: MATK43
  • Grant Number: K43TW010388
  • Effective start/end date: January 01st, 2016 June 30th, 2022
  • Funder: Fogarty International Center, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), of the National Institutes of Health
  • Type: Research and Innovation


Overview. This main goal of this study is to investigate the use of real time adherence monitoring technology linked with SMS reminders and notifications for TB medication adherence in rural southwestern Uganda. We carry out a formative qualitative study to assess barriers and facilitators to TB medication adherence; identify optimal SMS reminders, notifications, and initial feasibility of real time adherence monitoring; develop a TB medication adherence intervention based on SMS reminders (fixed and/or linked to real-time detection of missed doses) and social support, and assess its acceptability, feasibility and preliminary impact on adherence.

Award No. K43TW010388


  • Dr. Angella Musiimenta PhD: Senior Lecturer and Deputy Dean Faculty of Computing and Informatics - Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Principal Investigator)
  • Dr. Jessica Haberer MD: Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School - Boston. MA and Director of Research at Center for Global Health - Massachusetts General Hospital Boston MA (Mentor)
  • Assoc. Prof. Davis J Lucian MD: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases - Yale School of Public Health Pulmonary - Critical Care & Sleep Medicine - Yale School of Medicine - Yale University
  • USA
  • Dr. Muzoora
  • Conrad K MD: Lecturer Internal Medicine - Mbarara University of Science and Technology - Uganda
  • Prof. David Bangsberg MD MPH: Founding Dean of the joint Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health.



Angella Musiimenta,1,2 Wilson Tumuhimbise,1 Esther C. Atukunda,1 Aaron T. Mugaba,1,2 Conrad Muzoora,1 Mari Armstrong-Hough,3,4,5,6 David Bangsberg,7 J. Lucian Davis,3,4,5 and Jessica E. Haberer8,9 . (2020) . Mobile Health Technologies May Be Acceptable Tools for Providing Social Support to Tuberculosis Patients in Rural Uganda: A Parallel Mixed-Method Study . Hindawi, [online] Volume . Available at:
Dr. Angella Musiimenta1, Wilson Tumuhimbise1, Aaron T. Mugaba1, Dr. Conrad Muzoora1, Mari Armstrong-Hough2&3, Prof. David Bangsberg4, Assoc. Prof. J. Lucian Davis5, Dr. Jessica E. Haberer6 . (2019) . Digital monitoring technologies could enhance tuberculosis medication adherence in Uganda: Mixed methods study . Journal of clinical tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases, [online] Volume . Available at: