Integrating Patient Communities

Integrating Patient Communities with Social Media and Health Information Technology for Therapeutics Development and Implementation Research in Zimbabwe

CIGBS works with the Zvandiri support program in Harare who created this Youtube video targeted at HIV-positive children and adolescents. The center also plans to pair with local researchers in Zimbabwe using social media to transform the Parirenyatwa Hospital’s PARI group into a virtual community-based patient support network

In addition to various social network platforms that maintain psychosocial support, participants will wear devices that monitor their health, transferring the data to a central collection site. Researchers will analyze the data and electronic medical records, using the information to improve health conditions.

Several videos created by the Zvandiri Support group follow showing their work with the community.

Support Group in Zimbabwe