Two University of Cape Town medical students are developing an application to improve communication with the deaf community, Health24.com reports.
Banele Mhlongo and Vuma Mthembu believe that communicating with the deaf is vital to health systems. They say people are more likely to use healthcare facilities if there are no communication barriers.
UCT puts a strong focus on communication with patients in its Health Science faculty. Students already learn isiXhosa and Afrikaans to help them understand patients and respond to questions.
Mhlongo and Mthembu want to avoid deaf patients becoming isolated or feeling marginalized, and they are developing an app and a website where medical conditions, along with their symptoms, treatment and medications are explained using sign language.
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