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What is Health Communication and Social Media South Africa (#hcsmSA)?
hcsm is an acronym for Health Communication and Social Media. hcsmSA moderates a monthly Twitter chat to discuss various health issues in South Africa with a diverse group of stakeholders which include doctors, scientists, startups, entrepreneurs, patient advocates, charities, journalists, IT developers, design companies, marketing companies, pharma, academia, students, nurses, caregivers and policy-makers both locally and globally. We model our health topics around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG3) and record our sessions on a transcript which is made available to the public for research purposes on Symplur. Members of our community use the hashtag after the chats to share quality health-related information relative to South Africa. If your healthcare organisation would like to be featured in an upcoming Twitter chat or you would like to suggest a topic for future discussion, please feel free to contact us here.

Further to the Twitter chat, hcsmSA also provides training services as well as social media influencer programs at medical events. Clients have included TB HIV Care, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). We were also recognised with an award for our work in medical education around the use of social media for health and science communication at the 72nd World Health Assembly by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FINDdx) in 2019 as well as shortlisted for the Antibiotic Guardian Community Communications Award in 2020. Read more about our services at www.healthcaresocialmedia.co.za.



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