Community Dashboard launch in Taung
Communities Acting Together to take control of HIV (CATCH) is a community-driven approach hosted by the traditional leadership (Kgosi), supporting the initiative and organizing of the villagers into action groups to arrange actions as a response to HIV and health issues in the community. The community invented a dash board for sharing their results and progress of activities in the efforts to stop new HIV infections and to share information about what they have done as a community using the CATCH approach.
On the 6th of September 2016 the community of Taung arranged and hosted a launch of their dash board and to celebrate their results since June 2015 led by Kgosi Masie, the Kgosi of Taung. Taung Village is in South East District.
Catch is a bottom-up community driven approach based on the strengths of the community. It prompts communities to be organised in groups and to initiate actions according to their own assessment, towards reaching the "zero infection" goal in their locality
Taking the audience through the steps they followed to reach to the launch, Kgosi Reuben Masie of Taung Village stressed the importance of securing a systematic introduction to the traditional leaders or DiKgosi, who are the drivers in each community. "Give them the respect they deserve and time to work together with their communities and different Government departments in the area, to allow them the platform to view community concerns, map the way forward to assist their communities for better results".
The Village Development Committee Chairperson shared what she learnt from the CATCH approach. “If you want to achieve your goal as a community you have to stand up and act, not depend on experts. Our work with CATCH has reduced the uptake of alcohol through intensive discussions with other community members. Now more people test for HIV and know their status as compared to before. I would say thank you to Humana People to People for facilitating CATCH, for it has played a pivotal role in the community"
The Dashboard was officially launched and unveiled by Paramount Chief of the Balete tribe, Kgosi Mosadi Seboko.