Through a series of short videos, the Tsima – Treatment as Prevention gets people to talk about the issue of HIV/Aids. The aim is to encourage the community to mobilise against the spread of the virus.
The project is a three-year community mobilisation intervention and research trial established in 2015 by Sonke Gender Justice. It is being implemented in eight villages in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.
Sonke Gender Justice is an NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and Aids.
According to the organisation, Tsima traditionally means working together to plough a field.
The main goal of the project is to mobilise communities to learn and understand that HIV treatment is also a form of HIV prevention.
Two examples of such storytelling come from Rhulani Mkansi and Mpho Lewele, both of whom are residents of local villages and are HIV-positive.