Health and Sanitation
  • Hygiene
  • Health centers
Next Start Date:
Nov 2021
Covered by volunteers

Health Videos in Clinics

Provide community health education in clinic waiting rooms

Community health education is an ongoing project that takes multiple forms in order to reach as many people as possible. Karimu and KAHESO organize and present classes, create training material for teachers to deliver in the classroom, provide public health announcements, broadcast audio announcements and distribute written informational flyers.

In May 2020, Karimu and KAHESO began providing health education inside the clinics by installing TVs in the waiting rooms that display health videos. The videos cover a range of topics and presentation formats. When professionally produced health information in Swahili is not already available from the Tanzanian government or other NGOs, such as Global Health Media we must make our own. Each Karimu/KAHESO-made video includes text, illustrations and voice-over content. It is written and reviewed by medical staff and volunteer doctors for accuracy and cultural appropriateness, while illustrations and slides are produced to provide a visual learning component. Slide content and the text are translated to Swahili by the KAHESO staff. Once the Swahili text is approved and finalized, a voice recording is made by a KAHESO member. The final step of the production is to make the video presentation combining all the pieces.

This approach was used successfully to communicate Covid-19 information rapidly in early 2020. Custom videos included:

  • What is Covid and how is it transmitted?

  • Who is most at risk?

  • What are the symptoms?

  • What to do if you have the symptoms

  • Actions to prevent Covid-19 – Hand washing instructions

  • Actions to prevent Covid-19 – Social distancing and the importance of covering your face with a piece of cloth or a mask

  • Are there medications that can cure Coronavirus? Do antibiotics work? Is there a vaccine?

  • Pregnancy, nursing, breastfeeding and Covid-19

  • Money and phone cleaning and attention while shopping

  • Surface cleaning

Karimu was fortunate to find available health content in Swahili provided by the Tanzanian government as well as Health focused NGOs. The topics included:

  • The importance of breastfeeding - How to and suggested duration
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  • Newborn infant care - Umbilical cord care

  • Family planning - The importance of

  • Food and nutrition - Infant and toddler focus

  • Hygiene topics - Hand washing and building bathrooms

  • Diseases - Ebola, Cholera, Malaria, Symptoms of and avoiding spread

  • Safety - Danger of driving tired

The upcoming productions will eventually create a full library of health topics to provide continuing health education resources and support the medical interventions being implemented in the clinics, schools and/or community as a whole. Topics could include:

  • First Aid Topics – Minor injuries and home treatment vs. major injuries needing professional care

  • Injury prevention and safety

  • Baby cleaning - Ears, mouth, nose, umbilical cord and feces

  • Safe disposal of stools taking into consideration the community’s access to latrines and sanitation

  • Disease prevention – Vaccines, hygiene, sanitation

  • Disease treatment – Medicines, antibiotics (proper use), without medicines, home remedies

  • Health maintenance – Dental care, smoking, drinking, hydration, nutrition, food safety, family planning

  • Understanding Infectious vs. non-infectious disease

  • How infectious diseases are spread and how to prevent

  • More about Infectious diseases: Viral (HIV, colds, flu), bacterial (STD, TB, tetanus, some pneumonia), fungal (ringworm, yeast infection), parasites (malaria)

  • More about non-Infectious diseases: Hypertension, heart attack, stroke, cataracts, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, cancer, ulcer, anemia, diabetes

  • Social topics – Depression, violence, beliefs affecting health, barriers to receiving health care, caring for disabled

Expected benefits:

  • Improvement in community health care

  • Better understanding of disease prevention

Cost:Covered by volunteers

Learn more about Karimu Health Program .