Philippi Village is home to the Zimele Project, ViDi Kids, and the Youth Clinic. Together, these multi-faceted projects target the health and wellbeing of young women and men living in the Mitchells Plain/Klipfontein health sub-district.
Launched in January 2017, the Zimele Project represents the largest single project that the DTHF has undertaken. The programme aims to provide comprehensive, integrated, adolescent-friendly healthcare services, together with strong educational support and empowerment programmes in the Mitchells Plain/Klipfontein health sub-district. Different projects targeted toward adolescents in their teens and early 20s include: school-based interventions for young teens (ages 10-14); programmes that teach young girls (ages 15-19) important life skills, health services and educational support; the Women of Worth programme that empowers young women (ages 19-24) in the transition to adulthood; teen parenting workshops and child care services; HIV/AIDS prevention education and treatment.
Sr Colleen Herman, Clinical Operations Manager
The purpose of the Youth Clinic in Philippi Village is to conduct clinical trials for adolescent girls in a safe and friendly environment.
The Youth Clinic will conduct a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and dapivirine vaginal ring study among young women aged 16-21 years old, also known as the Reversing the Epidemic in Africa with Choices in HIV prevention (REACH) study. Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are especially vulnerable to HIV infection because of economic, social and behavioural factors that make behaviour-dependent methods of prevention such as condom use difficult. In addition, there is limited access to youth-friendly health services where staff is non-judgmental with respect to adolescent sexual behaviour. While injectable prevention methods and a vaccine hold promise for the future, this clinical trial will investigate the safety and acceptability of the only two currently proven HIV prevention methods. It will also provide information on preference for PrEP or the vaginal ring when there is an option to choose.
The ViDiKids clinical trial is as a study to investigate whether weekly supplementation with Vitamin D, often known as the “sunshine vitamin,” could prevent tuberculosis (TB) infection and enhance growth and development in primary school children. Research has found that low levels of Vitamin D, which are common in Cape Town populations, are linked to increased susceptibility to TB infection.
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