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Webinar community arts for health partnership in African settings

This first part of this webinar will discuss an arts for health partnership responding to one of the world’s fastest-growing health problems, Diabetes.More than 8.3% of the South African population live with diabetes, and this figure continues to grow exponentially.In response, the Blood Sugars team – a partnership between the Health Communication Research Unit and Drama for Life (both at the University of the Witwatersrand) – has been working with people who live with diabetes and the clinicians who care for them at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, to develop a brand new play, starting conversations about a topic rarely discussed in South Africa.This presentation will discuss the benefits and challenges of the collaboration between social science, applied drama, and state healthcare in an urban South African context.The second part of this webinar will discuss how ingrained traditions such as pottery and dance can improve health and social exclusion.In Rwanda, the Twa are known as the “invisible people”. They suffer severe social and political exclusion and, as a result, they lack access to education, healthcare, and employment. One community of Twa people in Western Rwanda, with partnership support from the Rwanda Red Cross, the Barefoot Artists and the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, is successfully using the power of their art to ‘be seen’ and to reverse this long history of health-limiting discrimination.The second presentation will highlight the project’s key components, includingthe development of the Pottery Rugerero cooperative and the Itorero Amahoro dance troupe, as well as health and social outcomes data that demonstrate the project’s impacts.

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