The article defines community engagement as a method to improve communities identifying and addressing local ideas, concerns and opportunities. Other definitions are included to demonstrate the variety of perspectives of community engagement by both academics and practitioners in the field. The article also provides a brief description of community engagement in practice and demonstrates two relevant case studies in Sub-Saharan Africa which has led to the creation of two separate community engagement models.
A collaboration across Latin America and the Caribbean has led to publication of the first guide on accessibility for science centres within the region.
Red Cross's Jemilah Mahmood Offers 5 Principles for Improved Community Engagement During Humanitarian Actionby Mesh Editorial Team
Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, undersecretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies gave the keynote at the Medicine Sans Frontiere annual Scientific Day 2017. Her message was that humanitarian work needs to work far closer with local populations before, during and after humanitarian action. She emphasises five key principles to achieving this all of which would be relevant to those working in engagement with research in low income settings as well as humanitarian aid workers.
Review of 2017 publication containing 47 essays on science communication through broadcast, social media and scientific publication channels.
Guide: Performing Ethics: Using Participatory Theatre to Explore Ethical Issues in Community Based Participatory Researchby Mesh Editorial team
Project Report/Blog: The Lucky Specials and public engagement in the post-truth era: reflections from the 2017 Wellcome Trust International Engagement Workshopby Mwangi Chege
Mwangi Chege, participant of the 2017 Wellcome Trust workshop "It’s Complicated: navigating scientific complexity in public and community engagement" reflects on learning from the workshop. In particular, the Kenyan premiere of The Lucky Specials, a feature film designed as both entertainment and engagement with audiences about Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis and the importance of drug adherence.
An online Research Communication Guide produced as part of a series of Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) learning materials.
Information about Citizen Science Reporters (CSR), a group in Southeast Asia that runs workshops to teach community members how to film and edit video documentaries using a smart phone. The videos are then used to explore health issues faced by the community.