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Students use art and drama to teach health awareness


Pupils from five schools at Ha-Makuya in Vhembe were last week treated to painting, drama and workshops by students from the University of Johannesburg as part of a programme which attempts to affect social change through the arts.

The pupils were exposed to education about the prevention and treatment of HIV/Aids, TB and sexually transmitted diseases. They watched plays and attended an art workshop called “Paper Prayers” about issues like teenage pregnancy and rape, and helped paint a mural.

The Wits students were lead by Fine Arts lecturer Professor Kim Berman. She and her students have been visiting Ha-Makuya for the past two years, where they have been working with other organisations, the South African Police Services and Tshulu Trust.

Dr Lara Allen, director of the Tshulu Trust, said that the work done at the schools was based on research that has been going on at Ha-Makuya for the past three years, which is aimed at finding ways in which art can create social change in communities.

Ndivhuwo Musetha is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Vhembe health district in Limpopo.


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Information in this article was accurate in May 15, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.