Project Report: World Mosquito Day Community Festival to raise awareness of mosquito vectors in local communitiesby Leonardo Ortega-López, Mesh Editorial Team
Academic Literature: Whose knowledge counts? Exploring cognitive justice in community-university collaborations.by Siân Aggett, Mesh Editorial Team
Engaging with Social justice: An Interview with Ceri Davies, Research Director, National Centre for Social Researchby Siân Aggett, Mesh Editorial Team
Demonstrating Impact in Participatory Health Research: Reflections of engaging with participatory health researchers from around the globeby Kim Ozano
The Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach and paradigm is gaining ground within implementation and operational research agendas for international health interventions and programmes. The action planning, implementation and reflection stages allow for immediate research uptake and modification.
On the 15th May, the John Hopkins Center for Health Security hosted Clade X, a pandemic tabletop exercise. The exercise was designed to illustrate high-level strategic decisions and policies needed to prevent a severe pandemic or diminish its consequences should prevent fail. The exercise was streamed live and can still be accessed through this article.
This article, by Wilkinson et al. 2017, deconstructs notions of 'community', and the ways it is conceptualised and understood, in order to critically reflect upon methods of engaging 'communities' during the west African Ebola epidemic in 2014.
PROJECT REPORT: It's OK to Talk: Insights from a Youth Mental Health Public Engagement Programme in Indiaby Mesh Editorial Team
It’s OK to Talk is an adolescent and youth-focused programme started in 2016, which aims to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so that more young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health, and seek help. The It's Ok to Talk programme comprised three core activities: It's Ok to Talk website, events and workshops, and a social media campaign.
Project Report UPDATE: Science, Art, Community: Building Interactive Understanding of Albinism in Tanzaniaby Standing Voice, Mesh Editorial Team
Standing Voice is an organisation that works to support people with albinism in Tanzania. This article explores how one of their projects, which communicates facts about albinism through interactive performances, navigates the cultural complexity surrounding albinism in Tanzania.
Literature: The role of community engagement for participation in mass antimalarial administration. Findings from Targeted Malaria Elimination studies in Lao PDR (Laos).by Adhikari et al. , Mesh Editorial Team
This article summarises the findings of three separate research papers by Adhikari et al., which explore the role of community engagement for participation in mass antimalarial administration during a Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME) projects in Lao PDR (Laos).
Literature: Elements of effective community engagement: lessons from a targeted malaria elimination study in Lao PDR (Laos)by Adhikari et al. , Mesh Editorial Team
This article draws on experience of designing and implementing community engagement in Laos for Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME). It identifies five key elements of effective community engagement for mass antimalarial administration in this setting.
Literature: Factors associated with population coverage of targeted malaria elimination (TME) in southern Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR (Laos)by Bipin Adhikari, Mesh Editorial Team
This article reports the findings of a quantitative study conducted after the completion of a Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME) project in Lao PDR (Laos). The study aimed to explore reasons for individuals’ participation in the TME project.
Literature: Why do people participate in mass antimalarial administration? Findings from a qualitative study in Nong District, Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR (Laos).by Bipin Adhikari, Mesh Editorial Team
This article draws on qualitative data to explore the factors that led to high population coverage (>87%) of mass drug administration (MDA) as part of targeted malaria elimination (TME)* in the Greater Mekong sub-region of South East Asia. It looks at the community engagement and education activities (including health education through theatre, posters, village meetings, and house-to-house visits) were undertaken to promote the uptake of MDA in target communities.