Introduction:

Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Africa Centre is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KZN Department of Health.

This project involves developing, distributing and evaluating 4 CDs over 2 years. Each CD contains a radio-style information interview, interspersed with popular music, targeted HIV health promotion messages and calls to action. The aim is to foster community discussion about scientific research and to bring evidence based HIV health promoting messages to everyday spaces such as public transportation, leisure spaces and shopping precincts.

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Music: Introduction: Jiving with Science

Authors: Astrid Treffry-Goatley, Mduduzi Mahlinza, John Imrie



Jiving with Science is a public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, an international research facility based in a rural region of high HIV prevalence in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Wellcome Trust, through its International Public Engagement grant Scheme is the principal funder of Jiving with Science.


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This project aims to foster community discussion about scientific research and to bring evidence-based HIV health promoting messages to everyday spaces such as public transportation, leisure spaces and shopping precincts. It involves developing, distributing and evaluating 4 CDs over two years. Each CD contains a radio-style information interview, interspersed with popular music, targeted HIV health promotion messages and calls to action.

The primary target audience is the users of local mini-bus taxis. Taxis are the main mode of local transport with an estimated 50 to 60 000 people using a taxi on a weekly basis. 600 copies of each CD have been distributed free of charge to local taxi drivers, tavern owners and hair salon operators. Currently, Africa Centre Centre is compiling the fourth CD that will focus on the prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child.

This project has facilitated the engagement of new sectors in the community who are now actively participating in its research and efforts to prevent HIV transmission. Music industry partners have also supported the project by waiving production rights on selected popular music tracks to meet social responsibility agendas. In exchange, they have been given an opportunity to have their music heard in this often-inaccessible rural setting.


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Introduction: Jiving with Science

Jiving with Science CD 1: Indaba kaMamBiyela

Jiving with Science CD 2: Indaba kaTira

Jiving with Science CD 3: Uhlelo lukaMroza


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Photo: Photographic Workshop with Zwelethu Mthethwa
From Astrid Treffry-Goatley, date: 2012-06-02

Cartoon: HIV as a lion, CD4 as soldiers and ARVs make the soldiers stronger! (translated to Zulu)
From Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2012-05-01

Poetry: Toward A SATuRN Hope
From Joshua Machao, date: 2012-04-14

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