SMS Health tips

Maisha Meds clinical experts have developed SMS messages for malaria and blood pressure patients to ensure that they take their medication regularly.  These messages ensure that the medication is taken on the correct schedule, and that the full course of medicine is completed.  These messages are only sent to those patients who opt in to receive them.  The cost of messages and patient responses are covered by Maisha Meds and are FREE for patients.  We also send a subset of patients an SMS survey to evaluate the program that will also be FREE to complete.  This service has been made possible by Stichting Dioraphte.

Malaria

Patients who purchase malaria medication directly from pharmacies often do not know exactly when to take each dose of medication.  We provide daily reminders on the frequency of the medication and send these SMS messages daily until the patient completes the full course of medication.  The survey that we send helps us understand the demographics of the patients receiving the malaria medication and helps us assess knowledge about doses and adherence to the medication.  The messages and associated survey can be found here.

These health tips are sent to patients who have purchased artemether-lumefantrine, dihydroartemesinin-piperaquine, or quinine medication.

High blood pressure

Patients will often take beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, and thiazide diuretics for blood pressure control.  As this is a medication that should be taken every day, we provide daily reminders via SMS for one month to promote medication adherence and lifestyle changes that can improve blood pressure.  We then send a survey to evaluate changes in medication adherence and lifestyle changes resulting from receipt of these tips. The messages and associated survey can be found here.

These health tips are sent to patients who have purchased amlodipine, atenolol, candesartan, captopril, carvedilol, diltiazem, enalapril, hydrochlorothiazide, irbesartan, lisinopril, losartan, metoprolol, nebivolol, nifedipine, propranolol, or verapamil.