About the HEDUAfrica project
One of the big obstacles in health care is to provide health information to patients and their families.
Traditionally, this is done via pamphlets and leaflets. HEDUAfrica transforms this existing static form of information delivery into a fun and informative new experience. HEDUAfrica aims to achieve this through its interactive multimedia website.
In the African context, storytelling is a major element in the conveying of information. This African storytelling tradition will be revived by producing health information video clips featuring ordinary people. HEDUAfrica is a free health information resource available to all via the Internet. HEDUAfrica will also be available on HEDUAfrica touch panels in waiting areas of maternity clinics at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, and the Elias Motsoaledi Clinic and Senaoane Clinic in Soweto.
HEDUAfrica stands for Health Education Africa. It is a collaborative project between the University of Cape Town and integerafrica, a South African research and development corporation in health care and clinical research. This project was initiated in 2011 by Professor Karen Sliwa of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, at the University of Cape Town, Dr Friedrich Thienemann and Christiaan Diedericks of integerafrica.
HEDUAfrica specifically targets pregnant women from various socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as well as strengthening the knowledge base of health care workers around the topic of cardiovascular disease in pregnancy in Africa. The project is therefore closely linked to the Heart and Maternity Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital of the University of Cape Town, a weekly clinic that is run by Professor Karen Sliwa, Professor John Anthony and Dr Catherine Elliot from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Groote Schuur Hospital. The content of the platform is developed by a think tank of the University of Cape Town. The project is funded by the Medtronic Foundation, integerafrica and the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa of the University of Cape Town.