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Idea Patient medication safety in hard to reach communities in Uganda using SMS

By Joshua Wamboga | 17 Dec, 2014

Idea submitted by: Joshua Wamboga

Unsafe medications and unsafe use of medications are increasingly becoming a problem in Uganda. Patients continue to be harmed or lose lives and it has led to increasing health care costs; lack of adherence, self-medication, counterfeit medicine and adverse drug reactions are all challenges.

The idea is aimed at promoting patient medication safety through SMS media in hard to reach areas: islands, landing sites, and post-war areas of Uganda to raise awareness and ensure patients receive safe medicines and take them correctly.

Objectives
To increase patients' knowledge and involvement in medication safety
To engage health care stake holders in promotion of patient medication to save costs

Expected Out puts
Organize 10 patients’ family meetings with health workers to improve relationship between patients and health workers, communication and attitudes, to improve patient safety.

Engage National Drug Authority, pharmaceutical industry, government, and health professional councils to be more vigilant in promoting medication safety and increase their collaboration with patient organizations

Engage media to promote medication safety through telephones, TV/radio shows and newsprint

Expected Out comes
Increased patients awareness and education on the medication safety involving health care stake holders to enable them demand for quality healthcare services and reduce costs

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A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Advisor Replied at 5:44 PM, 17 Dec 2014

Joshua, you have posted a very important topic here. I have recently become aware of some important resource materials that are relevant to this topic.
I am attaching two files. The slides are with permission of Prof Terry Davis, Arkansas.

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