HP & Clinton Health Alliance for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV in Kenya

November 30, 2010 by | Comments

HP today announced an alliance with the Clinton Health Access Initiative
(CHAI) that will provide structural and systemic improvements in testing and
treating more than 120,000 infants exposed to HIV in Kenya each year.(1)

The collaboration was facilitated at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2010
annual meeting.

With support from CHAI and the Kenya Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation,
HP is providing technology that will capture, manage and return early infant
diagnosis (EID) HIV test results in just one to two days after results are ready
– a significant improvement from the previous paper-based system, which took two
to three months. The turnaround time for test results is especially critical, as
infants diagnosed with HIV must begin anti-retroviral treatment (ART) as quickly
as possible to ensure survival. Without immediate treatment, half of
HIV-positive infants are unlikely to survive past age two.(1)  

“Technology and innovation are key to solving many of the most pressing
challenges of our world, none of which are more urgent than a disease which
takes the lives of 31 children every minute,” said President Clinton. “I’m
pleased HP’s technology and expertise will enable the partnership with CHAI to
save the lives of more than 100,000 infants in Kenya each year, and in the
process, demonstrate how the private sector can and should operate in the
developing world.” 

The HP technology provisioning includes five HP data centers connected with
four existing laboratories. Within the first year in operation, HP and CHAI
expect to process EID HIV test results for approximately 70,000 infants, as well
as provide real-time medical data to health practitioners throughout Kenya. The
system also will scale to support Kenya’s Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation
as it expands Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services to
more than 3,000 facilities during the next two years.(1)

“Technological innovation holds immense promise for addressing societal
challenges,” said

Léo Apotheker
, president and chief executive officer, HP. “Our efforts with
CHAI and the Kenya Ministry of Health demonstrate the critical role technology
can play in improving access to healthcare worldwide and driving positive change
for millions of people.”

To support CHAI and the Kenya Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation in this
effort, HP is supporting students from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya,
who have developed a custom database application that uses cloud computing to
improve the tracking process and make test results available online, as well as
via SMS/GSM-enabled printers in real time.

With financial and consultative support from HP, Strathmore students built
the application using HP technology labs that were installed in Nairobi last
year. The new database application also allows real-time analytics on the
performance of the program to Ministry of Health decision makers. Additionally,
the database will be used to communicate with rural health centers via SMS
(short message service) regarding the status of test results.

The HP Office of Global Social Innovation has completed the installation of
two data centers in Nairobi at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and
the National AIDS/STI Control Program (NASCOP) headquarters. Three additional
sites are expected to be online next year at KEMRI centers in Busia, Kisumu and
the Ministries of Health headquarters at Afya House. 

HP’s $1 million investment also includes servers, storage, PCs, networking
equipment, SMS-enabled printers, and local IT training and support.

“The impact of the work done by HP and CHAI is incredibly significant and
will help create healthy futures for families across Kenya. It will also support
our Government’s effort to collect and analyze health data that is useful for
guiding policy and health service delivery,” said Hon. Beth Mugo, Kenyan
minister for Public Health & Sanitation. “We believe these efforts will
facilitate our ability to provide long-term health interventions that truly make
a difference in keeping our population healthy and productive.”

Additional information about the collaboration between HP and CHAI is
available at the HP Global Social Innovation website,


–(Hewlett-Packard News Releases)–

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