Published Literature: How can community engagement in health research be strengthened for infectious disease outbreaks in Sub-Saharan Africa? A scoping review of the literatureby Mesh Editorial Team
This literature review, published in 2021 and funded by ALERRT, looks at the body of knowledge that has been developed for community engagement specifically as it applies to emerging infectious disease outbreaks in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Project Report: “Nothing about us without us”: How families affected by Zika are claiming back controlby Mesh Editorial Team, Natalie Hunter
This article introduces a series of videos exploring experiences of the Zika epidemic from different perspectives. Within the videos we hear from mothers of children born with microcephaly and from researchers in Brazil and the UK.
Report: UNICEF Consultation with Partners to Develop Standards and Indicators for Community Engagementby Mesh Editorial Team
Project Report: World Mosquito Day Community Festival to raise awareness of mosquito vectors in local communitiesby Leonardo Ortega-López, Mesh Editorial Team
Literature: From ‘Trial Community’ to ‘Experimental Publics’: How Clinical Research Shapes Public Participationby C. Montgomery & R. Pool, Mesh Editorial Team
This article argues for a conceptual shift away from the static, singular term ‘trial community’ towards ‘experimental publics’. The authors observe that the term ‘community’ is often employed uncritically and assumes that ‘communities’ pre-exist research; that they are timeless and undifferentiated wholes. ‘Experimental publics’, by contrast, are dynamic, multiple, and impermanent in nature.
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.
A Case Study: In 2012 the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) was awarded £29,999 from the Wellcome Trust International Engagement Awards over three years to implement an engagement project alongside its Vietnam Initiative on Zoonotic Infections (VIZIONS). The project uses simple digital storytelling techniques to bring to the surface the participants’ ideas about personal and public risk and perceptions of disease and transmission.