EH!WOZA is an unusual collaboration between South African biomedical researchers, a conceptual artist, an NGO, and youth from a local township called Khayelitsha.
The project was initiated in 2013 at the local pub when a group of scientists engaged an artist about a social responsiveness project linked to Tuberculosis (TB). After lengthy discussions, it was agreed that a short documentary would be produced free of charge. This was to replace the handycam style documentation of an upcoming health workshop to be held with learners from IkamvaYouth – an educational NGO based in Khayelitsha.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, including a rather childish skateboarding accident, the pilot project was filmed over a period of two days from the POV of a wheelchair.
Scientists sourced funding for the pilot from the Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB research. After completion of the edit in Basel and Zurich, the pilot product led to support from the Wellcome Trust and is receiving further attention through local television networks as well as social media.
The Wellcome Trust’s support facilitated further engagement with learners through a broader set of scientific and media workshops. During scientific workshops learners engage with high impact and complex biomedical research concepts, including new treatments for TB, preventative measures such as vaccines, and methods to test new biomedical products in clinical trials. All the while gaining a better understanding of how stigmas and taboos surrounding the disease develop in local communities.
LEARNERS RANGE BETWEEN AGES 15-19.