Zazi Health Background?

Khayelitsha, a large township with around 800,000 inhabitants located on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. It has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in South Africa. The majority of the population lives in informal housing, and there are alarming rates of poverty, unemployment, and crime, including sexual violence. Khayelitsha carries one of the highest burdens of both HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in the country. In 2007 antenatal HIV prevalence was 30.2% and 31%. Despite excellent treatment and prevention programmes for both HIV/AIDS and TB these continue to become 'silent killers' in these communities. Based on our informal research we proved a communication background between current campaigns and the people. These are at times influenced by low literacy and cultural shortfalls.

Zazi Health with initial funding from the Western Cape Department of Health decided to implement and launch the Health Television Channel (Health TV). Health TV is currently reaching about 500 000 patients in 10 community based  hospitals.

What is Health TV?

Impilo TV™ (Health TV) is a patient facing television channel that plays inside
community based hospitals and clinics. This channel educates and informs the patient on health matters content in their own language while they are waiting to be treated. (see actual channels in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu Hospital)

The content is played out on big screen Television sets located in high traffic locations in the hospitals (e.g. Phamarcy or waiting rooms). The content played on the channel includes video, text, posters, Flash, news, RSS etc.

The content is managed from Zazi Health offices and it transmited to the hospitals via Cellular Networks (3G or GPRS). This allows us to reach the most rural and underserviced communities of our country.
(see network digram)

We believe that good information and education can prevent many of the unnecessary deaths caused by preventable and curable illnesses. This is often caused by the severe lack of information in the grassroots and sometimes the ability to understand the information presented.

Our success is catalyzed by our involvement of relevant stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of the project. These include Funders, Civil Society, Health Department and the patients themselves.
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