KaziBantu Teachers Toolkit Progress

During the course of the past two weeks, we have added the finishing touches to the Teacher’s toolkit for the KaziBantu website. At this stage, we are ready to hand over the following documents to the Nelson Mandela University CCT:

  1. KaziBantu risk assessment manual for the health professional and the teacher - this document describes the pre-exercise procedures and the physical activity and physical fitness evaluation for the health professional as well as the teacher.
  2. KaziBantu risk assessment developer criteria for the electronic capturing form - this is a comprehensive document which encompasses two assessment protocols (full protocol or minimal protocol may be implemented based on available facilities and equipment) that will be used to electronically capture the patient’s information for the initial risk assessment as well as the physical examination (a battery of physical activity and physical fitness tests).

Over the next four weeks, the CCT team will develop and design the skeleton for the website and mobile application (app). We hope to receive the first draft by mid-February 2018. The website is designed to be a user-friendly platform which provides standardized testing procedures for the health professional but also provides an understanding of the test procedures for the teachers by avoiding the use of complicated medical jargon. We have also had numerous meetings with the CCT team to discuss the design of the mobile app. Creating and designing the mobile app has been an exciting process, as we are creating a platform which combines the use of multiple apps into one user-friendly app that will address physical activity, nutrition, and psychosocial health.

In conjunction to this, we are preparing for the fourth phase of testing for DASH study which will take place February - March 2018. Our team has gained invaluable fieldwork experience since the first testing phase in 2015 and we are looking forward to the upcoming testing period at the eight schools among former study participants.

In the new year, the DASH team continues to prosper as we welcome additional members to our team. In the meantime, we also eagerly await the arrival of our Swiss colleagues who will join us for the DASH testing phase.