NMMU-Emmanuel Haven Living Lab

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NMMU-Emmanuel Haven Living Lab

  1. 1. NMMU-­‐EMMANUEL  HAVEN   LIVING  LAB   Prof Darelle van Greunen School of ICT
  2. 2. 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.  
  3. 3. 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.    
  4. 4. 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  
  5. 5. 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    
  6. 6. 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  
  7. 7. 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.  
  8. 8.     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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