Funded by a Community and Public Engagement (CPE) seed grant from the African Academy of Science (AAS), this project was headed by Lucy Mupfumi, a SANTHE PhD trainee based at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP), in Gaborone, Botswana.
Mupfumi’s main aim was to share her PhD research which focuses on understanding the predicators of incident Tuberculosis (TB) in HIV-infected patients with adolescents in Gaborone in a relatable and interactive way.
A 10-day workshop in collaboration with Eh!woza - an independent NPO that provides a sustainable platform for high quality CPE within southern Africa - was conducted with adolescents living with HIV. During the workshop, the participants received training in storytelling through pictures and videos which resulted in self-produced documentaries about perceptions of, and attitudes towards, HIV/TB. These documentaries were then used to engage a broader group of high school learners and inspire a wider audience by sharing via social media.
A major highlight for the adolescents was the two days of shooting that was held on location. There, they were able to film and record their stories – an experience that was highly ranked by the group. Mupfumi says she was filled with a sense of accomplishment and joy upon receiving very positive feedback from the workshop.