NMMU-‐EMMANUEL HAVEN LIVING LAB Prof Darelle van Greunen School of ICT
What happens at Emmanuel Haven? • Established primarily to deal with the growing number of adults and children infected or aﬀected by HIV and AIDS. It func?ons with strategic partners and is funded through a Trust founded by Dr Mamisa Chabula-‐Nxiweni in 2004. • Provide preven?on, treatment, care and support to the community. • To create an enabling environment for mi?ga?ng the health, psychological and socio-‐economic impact of HIV and AIDS on the family and community.
Our Mission • To provide preven?on, treatment, care and support to the community using ICT and social media. • To create an enabling environment for mi?ga?ng the health, psychological and socio-‐economic impact of HIV and AIDS, TB and diabetes on the family and community. • To establish an ac?ve community hub which will contribute to poverty allevia?on in the Motherwell community at large through skills development, enterprise establishment and good healthcare services.
Success factors • Community ownership and buy-‐in • Support and leadership from sponsors • Power of apprecia?on for what you have – not en?tlement • Change management & impact assessment • Some government support • High proﬁle patrons – Bishop Desmond Tutu – PJ Powers
InnovaBon • Using mobile technologies as enabler: • Home based care workers – Consulta?on with medical prac??oner • Nutri?onal educa?onal programmes for members of the community – Interac?ve games – RSS feeds • Skills programmes for disabled, speciﬁc focus on Deaf and hearing impaired – Sign language on mobile devices
BoClenecks – Appropriate contextual technologies – Lack of infrastructure and good connec?vity – Lack of access – Social issues • Poor community • Low cost solu?ons to current problems • Low literacy levels • Community of orality • Must meet basic needs ﬁrst
Statements • The Living Lab methodology is only successful in the African context when applied as a real-‐life interven?on and not a research methodology. • The Living Lab methodology requires a careful plan for sustainability coupled to good change management prac?ces followed by an assessment of the impact of the interven?on. • Solu?ons must be contextually relevant. • A dona?on of infrastructure/project funding without adequate training and con?nuous mentoring results in failure.
Contact details: Prof Darelle van Greunen School of ICT Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Email: Darelle.vanGreunen@nmmu.ac.za Mobile: +27 82 5642 356
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