Name: Jack Lewis
Organisation: Community Media Trust
Country: South Africa
Jack Lewis has been working in primary health care, community mobilisation, education and development since the 1980s. He holds a PhD from UCT and taught political economy at UWC between 1985 and 1993 before moving into independent media production. His first piece of AIDS mass media was a video, "AIDS Spread the Word not the Virus" in 1988 (directed by Liz Fish) for the Bellville Community Health Project. In 1998 he founded Community Media Trust dedicated to producing HIV/AIDS and related health media. He has produced and executive directed 8 series of the broadcast HIV/AIDS series Siyayinqoba Beat It on SABC 1. The programme has worked innovatively with community journalists and community involvement in television production. In addition he pioneered audio-visual health training media which overcome the language and literacy barriers to understanding complex information. This work may be viewed at www.beatit.co.za. This comprehensive series has been produced in vernacular languages including isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Portuguese for Mozambique and Angola. A Chichewa series with Medicine Sans Frontiers for use in Malawi has also been produced. He is an expert in community health work strategies, organisation and training having overseen a network of CHWs in five provinces in SA. In this context he has pioneered development of low cost effective monitoring and evaluation tools using remote data collection and submission by cell phones. CMT has enjoyed support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, PEPFAR, DFID, and many others. As such he has extensive proposal development experience and can assist organisations in developing expertise in the current increasingly exacting environment.