My Mobile Wallet: An Intervention to Support Access to Tuberculosis Care and Medication Adherence in Rural Uganda

  • Acronym: MMWallet
  • Effective start/end date: August 01st, 2021 May 01st, 2026
  • Funder: US National Institute of Health (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health)
  • Type: Research and Innovation

Overview

OverView: TB is a serious public health concern which kills more people annually than HIV and malaria combined, and poor treatment adherence limits the success of TB treatment and increases TB transmission. SMS texts and real-time adherence monitoring may provide low-cost and acceptable alternative approaches to supporting TB medication especially in settings where DOT is difficult to implement, while incentives may overcome financial and motivational issues that currently constrain medication adherence. MMWallet is a novel intervention that utilizes SMS texts as reminders for medication adherence and employs mobile money-based approaches to provide transport to the clinic, with the goal of motivating medication adherence.

Objectives

  1. We will first determine the optimal design and develop the My Mobile Wallet intervention and assess its initial feasibility and acceptability.
  2. We will then test the larger scale feasibility, acceptability, and impact of the intervention on TB treatment adherence as measured with a real-time monitor.
  3. We hypothesize that My Mobile Wallet will address behavioral and economic challenges that currently limit TB treatment.

 

Funder: US National Institute of Health (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health)

Grant No: (R21HD107985)


Participants

  • 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 (Co-Investigator)
  • Dr. Sebastian Linnemayr PhD: Senior Economist RAND Corporation - USA (Co-Investigator)

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