Dr Alastair Van Heerden, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Sweetwaters Office, posed interesting questions at the opening of the Amazwi Ethu: Speaking Back exhibition held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  What qualifies as photography art? Would it have been better to show images taken by professionals?  It was clear from the exhibition that amateur photographers are equally, if not more capable of conveying important messages about their perceptions and experiences of the world. Amazwi Ethu is one of the outcomes of a photovoice research project implemented by the HSRC Sweetwaters office. The aim of the project was to allow young people from the Sweetwaters community to raise their concerns and experiences through photography.

As research engagement specialists, Jive Media Africa was contracted by the HSRC to assist in the production of a series of community engagement events to profile this research to a wider audience. This included a public exhibition of photographs at the Centre for Visual arts (CVA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), a community meeting in Edendale and the production of aprinted catalogue.


UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) is taking knowledge production to a new level through their Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership (DRILL) program.

In collaboration with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Health (DoH), DRILL aims to identify and nurture the next generation of South African health science research leaders. The skills these researchers develop through the DRILL program will help confront local healthcare challenges whilst keeping South Africa on the forefront of globally competitive research and innovation.

Jive Media Africa has been awarded a 4-year contract, delivering strategic communication and media support in support of the program’s goals. We have been intrinsically involved in the development of the DRILL brand, representing excellence and diversity, as well as a suite of communication tools that position the programme as a significant contributor to health research in South Africa.

Over 5 years, DRILL is to link 20 fellows with leading academics in their fields to develop and boost their existing research capabilities in the interrelated fields of HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, Health Professions’ Education, Health Systems Strengthening and Research Ethics. High-profile mentors will arm each fellow with the necessary skills to lead culturally-aware, locally-valuable research programs that respond to the needs and capacities of the healthcare environment in Kwa-Zulu Natal and wider South Africa. Our valuable science communication training further enables the fellows to share their research with the public in meaningful and engaging ways.

We look forward to supporting DRILL on this inspiring journey towards world class research leadership for South Africa, and beyond.

Sources: 1http://chs.ukzn.ac.za/News/16-07-05/DRILL_for_Research_Excellence

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)


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 honoured to have been part of a research collaboration with U.S.-based Global Strategies and Lisa Butler (Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School). The NoviGuide Evaluation Project was established to test the usability of a tablet-based application, NoviGuide, to improve care for newborns in health facilities.

Global Strategies created NoviGuide to assist healthcare personnel through critical decision-making processes in situations where selection of the correct treatment plan could be the difference between life and death.

The team has been hard at work, meeting with health practitioners, neonatal nurses and doctors caring for newborns in selected hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. The participants have been asked to share their experiences of the NoviGuide tablet device, after being exposed to it over three months as part of their work in newborn care. Their experiences will help to further develop the application, adjusting it for local healthcare systems and other factors, so that it becomes an effective tool in improving care for newborns.

The Power of Knowing – Experiences of Youth and Caregivers with Paediatric HIV Disclosure from LMButler on Vimeo.


Jive Africa was once again honoured to be working with Dr Lisa Butler from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. We have produced an educational documentary and a training course to support caregivers through a process of disclosing to the children in their care.

We were awarded funding from the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Aerosmith Fund for HIV Care and Prevention to support the expansion of our educational film, The Power of Knowing to a fuller length documentary which we have developed for sharing with a global audience.

Paediatric HIV disclosure refers to the process of communicating to a child/children that he or she is infected with HIV.

While HIV care and treatment programs for children are expanding throughout sub-Saharan Africa, a growing challenge facing health providers and caregivers is disclosure of HIV serostatus to infected children. Disclosure is an integral part of accepting and living with the disease and in accessing and sustaining HIV medical care and treatment.

Dr Lisa Butler, in collaboration with Dr. Philippa Musoke (Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda) and Dr. Rachel King (University of California San Francisco), is conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a caregiver-and child-focused cognitive-behavioral intervention on improving rates of disclosure to children and to evaluate the short and longer term effects of disclosure and non-disclosure on children.


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