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New! Community Engagement for Antimicrobial Resistance (CE4AMR) network

January 2020 sees the launch of the CE4AMR website, an online space for the Community Engagement for Antimicrobial Resistance network. They are a global gathering of researchers and practitioners who use, or are interested in using, community engagement – in particular participatory and creative approaches – to tackle AMR in low- and middle-income countries. Find out more and sign up here

Art Exhibition: "What's in your medicines?" (Pharmacide Arts) currently touring South East Asia

When we are ill, we expect our medicines to work as intended. But what if they do not contain the ingredients listed on the packaging? The art exhibition “What’s in your medicines?” showcases the original artwork of 11 South East Asian artists, exploring how substandard and falsified medicines affect people, society and public health. Open to the public from 26 -28 January 2020 at the Mandarin Hotel, Bangkok. Read more here

Project Report: Hamwe Festival in Rwanda

In November 2019, creative and global health leaders from 19 countries convened in Kigali, Rwanda for the inaugural edition of Hamwe Festival to celebrate the collaboration between the creative industries and the global health field. Created by the Rwandan based University of Global Health Equity, the festival featured guest speakers, art exhibition, a flagship music concert and culminated in a night of dance. Read the Mesh article here

New! Mesh e-Learning course: The Practice and Ethics of Participatory Visual Methods 

We are delighted to announce the launch our first Mesh eLearning course on the Global Health Training Centre. This free online modular course includes a wealth of practical tips and examples of inspiring visual methods that you can implement in your community engagement activities. The course was compiled by Gill Black (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation) and Mary Chambers (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit). Find out more here

What is Mesh? Watch our introduction and site tour 

Find out what Mesh is and why it exits, how it might be useful to you and take a tour of the site by watching our new video. The webinar was given to the H3Africa Study Co-ordinators and Community Engagement Working Group earlier this year. Please use it at your events!

New on Mesh: Could we develop a finer grained analysis of research impact? 

In this article Marco HaenssgenAssistant Professor in Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick, proposes a more comprehensive and balanced approach for the evaluation of public engagement, drawing on evaluation criteria commonly used in aid evaluation. Read it here

New paper: A Realist Review of Community Engagement with Health Research

With an initial focus on malaria research in low- and middle-income countries, the REAL team are carrying out fascinating research work exploring how and why community engagement contributes to both intended and unintended outcomes in different global contexts. Read their full study protocol paper now available on Wellcome Open Research. Please get in touch with Robin Vincent for more information

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The Practice and Ethics of Participatory Visual Methods for Community Engagement in Public Health and Health Science

 This new Mesh eLearning course is now available on the Global Health Training Centre here.

The 8-module course has been developed for use by engagement practitioners who are relatively new to the field of participatory visual methods and want to learn more about what they are and how to work with them. It is most fitting for those who already have some experience in facilitating participatory processes or in using qualitative research methods. The course also aims to support health science researchers who wish to include visual methods when engaging local communities and wider publics in their work.

Access the course for free: https://globalhealthtrainingcentre.tghn.org/practice-and-ethics-participatory-visual-methods-community-engagement-public-health-and-health-science/