HIV services at your fingertipsThe National AIDS Commission Belize launches HIV mobile App
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) Belize has launched the country’s first HIV services mobile App. As part of the HIV, AIDS, and Tuberculosis (TB) response in Belize, the NAC collaborated with software development firm LXJ Code Belize to develop and launch the App, which is now available on both IOS and Android platforms.
According to the NAC, the app is a readily available source of information on all the major HIV service facilities in the country. It provides the user with real-time data on the nearest health facility, services offered, location, links the user to the service providers’ Facebook and website for more information and provides timely updates on upcoming events from varying partner agencies within Belize’s HIV response. The NAC Health Services App is meant to function as a gateway that links innovation and necessity.
The NAC highlighted that the creation of the App became necessary due to the lack of readily available knowledge on HIV services available in Belize. The commission views this as one of the main barriers to achieving the 90-90-90 Targets as Belizeans have reported not having adequate information on available HIV services.
In 2016, the NAC in collaboration with CODE-IT launched its first app, titled “Infections”. The gaming app was designed to engage users in a fun and interactive gaming experience while imparting key knowledge about HIV and AIDS. This app was a pioneering effort and was recognized as one of the most innovative communication strategies in the region. “Infections” is free for download at the Google Play store.
For more information on both Apps, visit the NAC’s website.