EH!WOZA and its various programmes engage adolescents and young adults from areas with high rates of HIV and TB (and recently COVID-19) to participate in workshops with high-impact biomedical research. Participants are invited to reflect on the individual, social, and emotional cost of disease through creative workshops providing technical skills, equipment, and conceptual guidance, and leading to the production of documentaries, poetry, and music videos. Media is disseminated digitally, through local news partnerships and in-person screenings.
Anastasia Koch is the co-founder Eh!woza. Established in 2013 via informal collaboration between scientists artists and young people from Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town, Eh!woza combines science and art to implement collaborative and high impact engagement work.
Before working fulltime at Eh!woza, she was a junior research fellow at the IDM where she maintains an honorary lectureship focussed on using genomics to understand the pathobiology of M. tuberculosis.