This guide is authored by public engagement staff across Wellcome Africa & Asia programmes and it shares their learning from setting up and running seed funding grant schemes to support engagement projects embedded in research
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This reports on the The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's community consultation workshop which aimed to contribute to a better understanding of gender contestations with regards to access to health and participation in biomedical research. They describe how they used body-maps, sharing circles and roadblock/hurdle mapping excercises to explore the topics of the workshop.
Report: The Explorer Series - Exposing young audiences to the excitement and value of Science in Indiaby Sarah Iqbal, Yukti Arora, Hina Lateef Nizami
The report describes the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance's The Explorer Series project, which was a touring speaker event designed to bring the excitement and value of science to school students. It also shares tools and tips for similar work
Final report and project reflections from 'It’s OK to Talk', an adolescent and youth-focused programme started in 2016, which aimed to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so that more young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health.
Literature: Developing a finer grained analysis of research impact: Can we assess the wider effects of public engagement?by Marco Haenssgen
This article, published with a creative commons licence on the LSE Impact Blog, suggests a more comprehensive and balanced approach for the evaluation of public engagement, drawing on evaluation criteria commonly used in aid evaluation.
Superheroes again Superbugs is a public engagement programme that aims to raise awareness on antimicrobial resistance and promote community action by engaging with students in India
An international collaborative public engagement partnership using street art to engage local communities in Botswana, India and South Africa.
A film engages Nepalese communities about the health implications of child marriage
Funfair in Nepal engages the public on the prevention and control of type 2 diabetes
The 3MT competition aims to cultivate academic presentation and research communication skills, especially the crucial ability to effectively explain academic research to a non-specialist audience in a short amount of time. At the competition in Thailand, 9 doctoral candidates from MORU and OUCRU competed against the clock to present their thesis to an audience of secondary school students.
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.
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.
Improving Ethical and Participatory Practice for Marginalized Populations in Biomedical HIV Prevention Trials: Lessons from Thailandby Mesh Editorial Team
Vietnamese artist Lena Bui discusses the participatory arts project 'Sacred Water' which took place in 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Project Report: Using Traditional Arts to Engage School Students on Environmental Health Issues in Delhi, Indiaby Rachita Gupta, kartiksharma, Banalata Sen
Our Environment, Our Health was conceived to raise awareness among school students of India’s pressing environmental health challenges. The approach enabled students to learn, discuss and respond to environmental health issues through a process of creative inquiry and puppetry