Mobile Phones & Financial Incentives to Increase TB Case Detection
The Indus Hospital in Karachi experienced a significant increase in tuberculosis (TB) case detection following the start of a new programme in January 2011 that uses mobile phone technology and financial incentives to track down people with TB. Family doctors and community health workers are rewarded for screening patients and referring suspected cases to TB centres. They report cases using their mobile phones and receive a text message which tells them how many cases they have helped to detect. This data is used to calculate the incentives earned by each person which is then transferred via mobile banking facilities.
Stop TB Partnership 2011, Mobile phones and financial incentives help Karachi hospital double case detection rates, News Story, 1 Jun. 2011
[added Aug. 2011]