Mobile Graphic-Based Communication: Investigating Reminder Notifications to Support Tuberculosis Treatment in Africa

  • Haji Ali Haji
  • Hussein Suleman
  • Ulrike Rivett
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8423)


Visual communication is a method of communication using visual elements, which is suggested to be more effective than text or voice, and has the additional advantage that it, can also be used by who are unable to read. In this paper, the findings of a user requirements study, which was conducted at MnaziMmoja Hospital in Zanzibar, are presented. In a cross-sectional study, twenty nine people including TB patients and TB Health care workers were interviewed. The findings show that participants agreed that the use of mobile graphic-based communications could support TB patients in their treatment. The contribution of this work is the process to investigate and develop a new mobile graphic-based application for push notification services that are literacy-level and language agnostic.


visual communication mobile graphic-based tuberculosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haji Ali Haji
    • 1
  • Hussein Suleman
    • 1
  • Ulrike Rivett
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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