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About Harsha Thirumurthy

Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Academic
  • Economist


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Website: Type: Academic Institution Country: United States About: Through its teaching, research and engagement, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill serves as an educational and economic beacon for the people of North Carolina and beyond.
  • World Bank
    Website: Type: International Organization/Agency Country: United States About: The World Bank aims to serve as a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank is comprised of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together the IBRD and IDA provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.

Work Location(s)

  • United States

Population(s) Served


  • English
  • Swahili
  • Tamil

Recent Contributions

Harsha Thirumurthy replied to "RCT from Kenya showing that weekly SMS improves adherence to ART"
Alex, Thanks for your link to the articles on alert fatigue. I think fatigue or habituation may well be the explanation for the low efficacy of the daily reminders. Our study did was not designed to test the optimal frequency of reminders, but it certainly appears that somewhat less frequent ...

Harsha Thirumurthy replied to "Cell phone intervention improves ART adherence and HIV suppression: RCT"
Richard, Thanks for initiating this discussion on mHealth based adherence interventions. The study in Nairobi seems very promising. My colleagues and I recently completed an RCT of SMS reminders among patients initiating ART at a clinic in Nyanza Province, Kenya. We enrolled 720 patients and followed them for periods ranging ...
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July 8, 2009