Closing the HIV Testing Gap in South Africa with SIMUL8
SIMUL8 is supporting the South African charity, Shout It Now, to improve HIV screening and treatment in an effort to save millions of lives. By gifting free software, SIMUL8 is helping Shout It Now in their ground-breaking efforts to bring mobile HIV screening to youth and adults in the communities where they live. The organization also provides an innovative Call Centre service that supports clients until they link to needed clinical care or psychosocial support.
Using SIMUL8, Shout It Now were able to create a robust process that sees 150 – 200 patients per day being educated, tested and directed to treatment centers. Through their work, a staggering 390,000 people have gone for an HIV test, placing them in the path of effective treatment to manage the disease.
This is a significant milestone for the charity and highlights the importance simulation brings to process improvement. Their achievements were recently recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for best practices in HIV counseling, testing and care for adolescents. The charity was praised for its innovative approach to community-based HIV counseling and testing.
“I met some smart people with big hearts in the NGO sector but they didn’t have the business experience to deliver services comparable to what’s found in the private sector. I saw an opportunity to make a real impact on the epidemic by combining my business skills with the public health skills of a few talented colleagues. This was the basis for founding Shout It Now.”
Bruce Forgrieve, Founder, Shout It Now