Jive Media Africa, through its work with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, provided media and science communication support to the South African launch of the Lancet Global Series on Early Childhood Development.

The Minister of Science and Technology launched the series entitled Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale to highlight the critical role of science in informing policy.

The series gathers scientific evidence from around the world which is powerfully demonstrating how low-cost interventions which facilitate and support nurturing care for infants in their first years of life contribute to lifelong health, wellbeing and productivity with economic impacts which far outweigh the investment costs.

The evidence is presented in a Lancet series with 45 contributing authors edited by distinguished South African researcher Professor Linda Richter.

Find out more at http://www.thelancet.com/series/ECD2016

South African Experts in adolescent health gathered in Gauteng together with lead commissioner Professor George Patton from the University of Melbourne for the South African launch of “Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing”.

Jive Media Africa provided media and communications support to the varied programme which included contributions from the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council, the Human Sciences Research Council, youth activists and a production by University of the Witwatersrand Drama for Life. To find out more about the commission report visit www.thelancet.com/commissions/adolescent-health-and-wellbeing

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Professor George Patton (photograph on left)  University of Melbourne (Commission Leader) |  Dr. Yogan Pillay,   Professor Linda Richter, Professor George Patton (photograph on right)

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How do we go about changing the way South Africa understands and invests in Early Childhood Development?

Jive Media Africa has been part of a research-process led by the FrameWorks Institute in Washington to better understand how experts, stakeholders and the public understand key issues in Early Childhood Development (ECD).

The aim is ultimately to work towards creating new narratives which can be used to communicate key learnings about ECD to positively transform our society. The research report which was designed and produced by Jive Media Africa, is entitled: Early Means Early – Mapping the Gaps Between Expert, Stakeholder, and Public Understandings of Early Childhood Development in South Africa.

The work has taken place in co-operation between the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, Stellenbosch University, UNICEF and the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit. The report was authored by Eric Lindland (PhD), Prof. Linda Richter, Prof. Mark Tomlinson, Ntombizodumo Mkwanazi and Kathryn Watt.

Jive Media Africa is excited to be working with Prof Lisa Butler, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Prof Jim Slotta, University of Toronto, and Thandanani Children’s Foundation (Pietermaritzburg, SA) in the development of interactive media for the Community Health worker Assistive Technology (CHAT) project – an innovative mHealth initiative in KZN, SA.

We are using various media including animation and video to assist community health workers as they impart crucial health messaging to impoverished South African households. These health workers are part of existing programmes administered by non-governmental organisations, such as Thandanani Children’s Foundation, serving households in communities around Pietermaritzburg. The digital media created by Jive Media Africa will be delivered via a tablet computer, and will foster meaningful discussions about health topics between the health workers and caregivers in the households.

View the media focussing on child health (birth to 5 years) on the following topics:

View an ‘explainer’ video here:

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Jive Africa launched the first ever Science Spaza newspaper at SciFest Africa in Grahamstown in the week 11th to 14th March 2014. The first issue of Spaza Space offers exciting news from homework research some of the Science Spaza clubs, articles, cool competitions, new branded resources and much much more… To read more about this exciting publication and to see photographs of the launch and download the paper, go to www.sciencespaza.org.

Jive Media Africa was privileged to be part of the productions of a series of manuals, implementation guidelines and legal guidelines for the HSRC entitled the “Legal, ethical and counselling issues related to HIV testing of children”.

Here is an extract from an article that can be found here where the guidelines are also available for download:

“A significant number of children in South Africa live with HIV. According to figures provided by the Department of Health, an estimated 32 940 children under 15 years of age were living with HIV and AIDS but were not on treatment. These facts highlight that every effort must be made to facilitate HIV testing in this population within the framework of applicable legislation and policy. Once tested, children can be placed on treatment, and linked to care and support.

The HSRC, through the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC), was commissioned to provide technical support to the Department of Health to ensure implementation of the goals for voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) as set out in the 2006-2011 National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP).

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided the funding for this initiative.”

Jive Media Africa’s production of the 4 books included the overall design concept, layout and illustration, and took the 4 products to completion/ print.

Jive Media Africa designed and implemented a ground-breaking communication campaign for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in association with the National Dept of Social Development (DSD).

The Everyday Heroes Comic Book Campaign highlights the role of communities in supporting victims of crime and violence.

There are six comic books in the series: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking, Abuse of Older Persons and Abuse of People with Disabilities.

These comics have been translated into six South Africa languages.

The contract also involved developing a website, animatics, a distribution strategy, as well as carrying out a pilot project and M&E.


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Contact

Tel: +27 (033) 342 9380/2
Email: info@jivemedia.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 22016, Mayor’s Walk, 3208

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