Theatrescience in Uganda

Rebecca Gould and Jeff Teare started work in Uganda on ‘Acting Against Worms’ in October 2009. The project is being run by the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and is an educative drama project with primary schools in the Busia district of East Uganda, giving children, teachers and community workers the skills to use drama to share important public health messages.

An inset session with a local drama team and teachers was held in October, then workshops took place in nine schools with pupils, teachers and drama practitioners to initiate a process of the pupils developing their own short pieces of drama about the prevention and treatment of Bilharzia.

These shows were presented at a Festival in April 2010 and performed to school and community audiences. The whole project is being extensively evaluated with a view to a wider roll-out in Uganda in the future.

Project News

‘Action Against Worms’ Uganda Report Published Online
May 27, 2010

‘Action Against Worms’ began in October 2009, and concluded recently with a celebratory festival, where schoolchildren from the Busia district of Uganda shared their performances with hundreds of other young people, community members, politicians and local dignitaries.  Over the past eight months directors Jeff Teare and Rebecca Gould have worked with children, teachers and Community Based Organisation (CBO) representatives, sharing ideas and techniques for using drama to communicate important public health messages. 

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Theatrescience in Uganda
April 13, 2010

The ‘Acting Against Worms’ Bilharzia Drama Festival took place in the Busia District of Uganda on the 10th of April 2010. Five schools performed pieces about Bilharzia prevention to an audience of 300+ including many local dignitaries and politicians.

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‘Acting Against Worms’ - Festival in Uganda
April 09, 2010

Jeff Teare and Rebecca Gould are currently in Uganda for the culmination of ‘Acting Against Worms’, a pilot health education project that has seen Theatrescience working with young people from nine schools across the Busia district. 

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Theatrescience in Uganda
November 02, 2009

The start of the ‘Acting Against Worms’ project. Jeff and Rebecca were in the Busia area of Uganda in late October beginning the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative schools drama project about Bilharzia.

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Project Podcasts

Uganda: Acting Against Worms Podcast

March 10, 2010

Bilharzia is a disease caused by worms which live in fresh water throughout regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Daily activities expose people to infection, which over time can lead to the characteristic swollen bellies and even death if left untreated. Rebecca Gould and Jeff Teare started work in Uganda on 'Acting Against Worms' in October 2009. This is being run by the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and is an educative drama project with primary schools in the Busia district of East Uganda.

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Theatrescience in Uganda 2010

‘Acting Against Worms’ Drama Festival in Busia, Uganda 2010.

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Theatrescience in Uganda - First Visit 2009.
This video shows how Theatrescience started working in Uganda in 2009.

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Project Reports

‘Acting Against Worms’ (Uganda) Evaluation Report.

SCI (Imperial College) Evaluation of ‘Acting Against Worms’, Busia, Uganda 2009-10.

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Theatrescience ‘Action Against Worms’ Uganda Report

This six-page evaluation report provides an overview of ‘Action Against Worms’ Uganda from Theatrescience’s perspective.

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