Our Ubuntu Project was established in 2012, in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and the Khayelitsha clinic.
The Ubuntu programme allows us to provide an innovative and alternative patient support programme, catering for children living with HIV and who receive anti-retroviral treatment at the clinic. The programme delivers activities that create a fun environment as a base for children to play and learn. Sessions are facilitated by instructors who aim to create a sense of belonging and display support; deliver memorable experiences to instil a positive association with clinic visits, and thereby encouraging treatment adherence. Through the sessions, we are able to highlight the need to maintain good physical health and fitness. With the support of some of our sponsors we were able to provide healthy snacks and fresh fruit after sessions, which emphasised the importance of good nutrition. Our presence also meant much-needed helpful support and relief for parents and caregivers.
The programme was well-received by participants and clinic staff alike at the Community Health Clinic, Site B Khayelitsha. This is testimony to the trust clinic staff and caregivers have in Zip Zap staff and the confidence they have in the programme. Fun activities and games effectively engaged the children, was an ideal vehicle to encourage physical activity and fitness as a means to maintain overall health and well-being. The children welcomed the healthy distractions while they waited to attend their appointments. Through the programme, the children were encouraged to visit the clinic with disciplined regularity and persist with their treatment plans. It was especially encouraging to see children returning to multiple workshops, as this reflects the excitement and enthusiasm the programme generates among participants.
The children really appreciated the snacks and fruit provided by Zip Zap, which remains a very effective, practical way of reinforcing the value of good nutrition. Sitting together and sharing a meal is central to the concept of “ubuntu”, and this helps to create a sense of community among participants.
Regrettably, the implementation of the Ubuntu programme at the Kuyasa Clinic, Khayelitsha during 2022 was not successful.
“My child keeps on asking when we are going to the clinic again, because of the fun play Zip Zap brings to the clinic.”
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The programme was well-received by participants and clinic staff alike. The children welcomed the healthy distractions of fun games and activities while they awaited their appointments. The programme provides encouragement to the children to visit the clinic with disciplined regularity and persist with their treatment plans. It was especially encouraging to see children returning to multiple workshops, as this reflects the excitement and enthusiasm the programme generates among participants.