Impact

The successes in AfriAfya have been numerous. 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 centre. They are able to access information, create and store materials for dissemination in the form of play-scripts, poems and songs.

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 centres and other media for sharing information. Evaluations have established that AfriAfya has a good program that has demonstrated methods of applying ICTs, operated by simply educated community members, to yield health and other benefits.

The program has resulted in increased community discussion of sensitive issues on HIV/AIDS, increase in requests for VCT and condom up-take, and 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. Socially, this has been an important empowerment tool for the rural women involved and their communities. Neighboring communities, hearing of these activities, have requested to join the Network. There has been staff capacity enhancement, increased motivation, and learning from one another. Change Agents and their communities are realizing the power of information.