Social Lab is a ward-based programme which is a multisector program targeting social issues affecting a particular ward and are set to be part of this year’s event to promote the use of condoms.
According to a Municipal Report this event was held in an effort to commemorate STIs and Condom week which is from 13 to 20 February. “The week is observed by the country as part of educating the public, reducing the spread of STI promote of safe sex through condom usage, prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and also control the spread of HIV and Aids.”
Stakeholders involved in the Mzamomhle Social Lab launch include the Department of Home Affairs,the Department of Social Development, South African Police Service (SAPS), Thongo Institute, Wits Reproductive Health Institute (Wits RHI), Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), Masimanyane Women Support Group, Bumb’Ingomso, Engage Men’s Health and Social Health and Empowerment (S.H.E).
Some of the service that were provided at the social lab include HIV and AIDS education, counselling and testing, Sex work education, LGBTQIA+ education, blood pressure checking, CV writing and pap smear.
The event was held under the theme My Sexual Health Is My Responsibility.
The community of Mzamomhle interacted with the stakeholders raising issues that they were facing which include identity issues with the Department of Home Affairs, high levels of crime, youth unemployment and HIV.