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Free Connectors workshops: Sign up today

Mesh, Eh!woza and Interfer are hosting three free workshops exploring interdiscipinary collaboration in health engagement. We have consolidated your ideas and need you to indicate your priority topics for discussion. Sign up to join the events and complete the survey by 2 July 2021 HERE

New! Good Participatory Practice (GPP) in clinical trials

Our new theme area is for people looking to apply GPP in the design and implementation of their research (with a focus on COVID-19). It brings together a variety of guidelines, articles and toolkits looking at key considerations for strong engagement across the lifecycle of a research study. Visit it today HERE

Online Exhibition: The Early Years - A window of Opportunity

  Visit this new virtual exhibition which brings together painting, photography, poetry and film to explore the importance of the first 1000 days of a child's life. Complete the pre- and post-exhibtion survey to help the team evaluate the format. Visit the exhibtion HERE

Publish your research: New Research topic in Frontiers in Public Health

  The leading multi-disciplinary journal, Frontiers in Public Health, has launched a new Research Topic on Public and Community Engagement in Health Science Research: Openings and Obstacles for Listening and Responding in the Majority World. Submit your your article by 15 August 2021 and find out more HERE

New online platform: Science Talks Africa

  Science Talks Africa is an interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to improving science distribution in Africa. The goal is to create an African Science Network that fosters conversation and collaboration with the public and science practitioners.  Find out more and visit the platform HERE

Published literature: How can community engagement in health research be strengthened for infectious disease outbreaks in Sub-Saharan Africa?

                This new literature review, funded by ALERRT, looks at the body of knowledge around community engagement within the context of emerging infectious disease outbreaks. The authors propose three themes to facilitate effective CE initiatives. Find out more and download the paper HERE

COVID-19 Vaccine Animation: The Cell Factory

Developed by the COVID-19 vaccine team at the University of Oxford, this animation explains how Viral Vectored and RNA Vaccines work on a cellular level in a simple way, using the relatable analogy of a Cell Factory. Watch it HERE

Resources: Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform

  SSHAP (the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform) is a programme of work focusing on the social dimensions of emergency responses. Their site has an excellent resource page as well as news and blogs. Visit the site HERE

New Guide: Engaging stakeholders during the era of COVID-19

This new tool from AVAC helps guide stakeholder engagement during the pandemic. It has been built from their Good Participatory Practice guidelines and encourages meaningful engagement within clinical research processes even within the urgent timelines of COVID-19 research. Download the guide HERE

Article: How young people in Africa use cues to spot misinformation online

This article published on The Conversation covers research carried out in a number of countries in Africa looking at how and why false information is shared through social media by young people. Read it HERE

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Mesh course: Participatory Visual Methods for Community Engagement

  Would you like to learn about visual methods for participatory engagement including Digital Storytelling and Body Mapping techniques? This free 8 module Mesh course will take you through the different approaches and how you can use them CLICK HERE

AVAC Engage: Free Online Courses

  AVAC's new online learning platform, Engage, is for peer-to-peer resource sharing and collaborative learning. They offer a number of online courses including Good Participatory Practice Online Training CLICK HERE