Community Resource Centers
The Community Resource Centers is a focal point where the community members come for capacity building in various relevant areas of development and they can access information in print and electronic format.
AfriAfya has demonstrated the use of ICTs to generate local content that is relevant to local communities. Groups have created audio and video recordings of drama, songs, poetry, puppetry and group discussions in local languages that challenge cultural practices that spread HIV/AIDS, and documented local traditions. These are also being shared with other communities. Over 4,800 schoolchildren in rural communities and poor urban informal settlements have access to computers each year through the resource centers.
We have trained 1146 people and received and responded to over 300 information requests. We have detailed information on almost 200 different topics in our database which has been repackaged and tailored made for communities. AfriAfya reaches out to over 300,000 people in a year through the resource centers and other media for sharing information.
The program has resulted in increased community discussion of sensitive issues on HIV/AIDS, demands for additional information including non-health information. There has also been improvement in community participation in health activities as well as health seeking behavior.