15 May 2017 Local TB drama makes it to national TV

20 May 2017 - 12:30

Local TB drama makes it to national TV

The cast of Lienkie se Longe, a local produced TB awareness drama, recently featured on the Hectic Nine 9, national youth magazine TV program. 

A local developed drama, developed by a unique partnership between the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI), the UCT Drama School and the Mothertongue project, was recently aired on the Hectic Nine 9 youth program.
During the program Dr Michele Tameris, SATVI Investigator, who conceptualised the drama and secured funding from the Wellcome Trust through an engagement program, spoke about the prevalence, signs and symptoms and treatment of TB, as well as the work that the SATVI.

The drama cast performed an extract from the play to a live audience on this youth tv program, reaching close to two million viewers. 
The play, which was the brainchild of Dr Michele Tameris, SATVI investigator and Associate Professor Veronica Baxter, from UCT Drama School, was developed in partnership with the Mothertongue Project, with a community engagement grant from the Wellcome Trust, a UK medical funding organisation.

According to Dr Michele Tameris, Investigator, who initiated this engagement project to raise awareness about TB within the Boland area, which is a high TB burden area “we estimate that the drama reached close to 17 000 of which 1 275 were actual audience and an additional 15 000 people through radio & print media,  over a period of six months.  

The drama was developed under the watchful and nurturing hands of Doctor Veronica Baxter, from the UCT Drama School who in the meantime has been promoted to Associate Professor.  Vanessa van Rhodie, a TB patient shared her experiences about how she beat the TB disease, having completed her treatment in February. 

Watch the SABC program online:
Lienkie se Longe drama performance:

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Interview with Dr Michele Tameris and Vanessa van Rhodie

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