Free access to digital health information in Tanzania

Increased health education has the potential to facilitate better use of health care services and to promote early treatment, thus it can strengthen the health care system, and ultimately reduce morbidity and mortality. In this study, we will develop and test the effect of digital health messages related to HIV / AIDS, Tuberculosis and Taenia solium cysticercosis/taeniosis (the intervention diseases) in Migoli and Izazi (the intervention villages), in Iringa, Tanzania (TZ). 
The intervention is planned as follows: A digital platform, providing the intervention villages with digital health messages related to the above-mentioned diseases, will be implemented in TZ in 2018. The platform will be accessible free of charge, through own devices and tablets based in the local Wi-Fi spots in the villages.
In the first part of the PhD-project, the doctoral research fellow will participate in developing the digital health messages, together with experts from the medical and teaching environments in Tanzania, Norway, Germany and USA. 
The second part of the PhD-project consists of a cluster non-randomised controlled trial and semi-structured interviews in Tanzania. The digital health messages will be shown to the participants face to face, in the intervention group. The study is planned to investigate the knowledge related to the intervention diseases, before the intervention, immediately after exposure to the intervention, and at follow-up points throughout one year, after the intervention has been implemented. Semi-structured interviews with clients (users of the intervention) from each of the intervention villages are included, to explore the perception and reception of the intervention.
The baseline study and the immediate after survey will take place in Tanzania in Q1 2019, while the other follow-up studies and interviews (3, 6 and 12 months after baseline) will be undertaken throughout one year.

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Intern fremleggelse - Ja

Godkjent av: Anne-Lise Middelthon

NSD - Ja 1 fil

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  • Anonymisering: juli 2020

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Andrea Sylvia Winkler

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Avdeling for samfunnsmedisin og global helse


  • Josef Noll
  • Christine Holst
  • Bernard Ngowi (National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Tanzania)
  • Helena Ngowi (Sokoine University, Tanzania)


  • Ph.d.-prosjekt

Helsefaglig forskning

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  • Start: august 2017
  • Slutt: juni 2021
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