Towards Enhancing Access of HIV/AIDS Healthcare Information in Tanzania: Is a Mobile Application Platform a Way Forward?

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Ibrahim A. Mwammenywa 1,* Shubi F. Kaijage 2

1. Nelson Mandela – African Institution of Science and Technology, P. O. Box 447, Arusha, Tanzania

2. The University of Dar es Salaam, P. O. Box 35131, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

* Corresponding author.


Received: 29 May 2018 / Revised: 11 Jun. 2018 / Accepted: 20 Jun. 2018 / Published: 8 Jul. 2018

Index Terms

HIV/AIDS, Mobile Health (m-health), Mobile Application, HIV/AIDS Healthcare Information, Online HIV/AIDS Healthcare Information


This survey study evaluates the peoples’ acceptance and comfortability on accessing the HIV/AIDS healthcare information through visiting HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Centers (CTCs). Furthermore, the survey examines whether a mobile application platform can be the way forward towards enhancing HIV/AIDS healthcare information delivery in Tanzania. This study was conducted in Dar es Salaam city in Tanzania. The structured questionnaire-based survey was carried-out involving a total of 208 respondents, among them, 45 were the HIV/AIDS healthcare practitioners. The collected data were analyzed by using WEKA and Python computer programming software. The study findings indicated that: 24.5% of the respondents claimed that they were not comfortable going to HIV/AIDS CTCs indicating that they were afraid of being exposed and stigmatized; almost one-third (31.3%) of respondents prefer to seek HIV/AIDS related information from online sources; 78.5% of respondents preferred to have an official mobile application for access the HIV/AIDS healthcare information; 64.4% of HIV/AIDS practitioners indicated the need of having a mobile application platform for HIV/AIDS healthcare information delivery; and more than two-third of HIV/AIDS practitioners claimed to be able to serve people with HIV/AIDS healthcare information online. It is concluded that there is a need for the HIV/AIDS healthcare providers to have a mobile application platform for HIV/AIDS healthcare information delivery. The mobile application platform will consequently help people to confidentially access the HIV/AIDS healthcare information in their mobile electronic gadgets frequently without fear of being exposed as if they would frequently visit CTCs.

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Ibrahim A. Mwammenywa, Shubi F. Kaijage, "Towards Enhancing Access of HIV/AIDS Healthcare Information in Tanzania: Is a Mobile Application Platform a Way Forward?", International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS), Vol.10, No.7, pp.31-38, 2018. DOI:10.5815/ijitcs.2018.07.04


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