Isisombululo Programme

Isisombululo Programme


The Isisombululo Programme (IP) is an HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis prevention, youth care, and education project that is centered on the Eden District of the Western Cape in South Africa. It is partnered by the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, the Western Cape Department of Health, and the Hasso Plattner Foundation. The health-related part of the program aims to reduce risky behaviors and ultimately reduce transmission in high disease burden areas. Other parts of the program focus on educating young people.

A recent project milestone was the opening of the Inkcubeko Youth and Science Centre in Thembalethu, George, at the end of 2018. The Inkcubeko Youth and Science Centre operates as a safe space for young people to explore how the world around them works, igniting curiosity and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and innovation. The site also includes an adolescent health clinic. The center fulfills the overall mandate of the Isisombululo Programme in that it has been built to provide a safe, productive space for the young people of Thembalethu and the greater George area. Moreover, the center is holistically integrated with other health projects in the district.