UNICEF C4D's Minimum quality standards and indicators in community engagement provide globally established guidance on the contribution of community engagement in development practice as well as humanitarian action.
This toolbox was developed in 2020 for the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Research Roadmap and provides a synthesis of key action points from the WHO GPP-EP guidelines. This “how to” guide gives an overview, tips and resources and will be updated as new resources are completed and approved.
GPP-EP were prepared in 2016 by the WHO to support prevention and treatment trials of emerging (and re-emerging) pathogens that were likely to cause severe outbreaks. The guidelines address how to engage community stakeholders and promote ethical standards throughout the research process.
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.
This Nuffield Council on Bioethics report from January 2020 contains the findings of a two year in-depth inquiry. The aim was to identify ways in which research can be undertaken ethically during emergencies, in order to promote the contribution that ethically-conducted research can make to improving current and future emergency preparedness and response.
Academic Literature: Lessons from the West Africa Ebola Epidemic: A Systematic Review of Epidemiological and Social and Behavioural Science Research Prioritiesby S. A. Abramowitz, D. B Hipgrave, A. Witchard, D. L. Heymann, Mesh Editorial Team
This literature review compared epidemiological research (EPI) with qualitative social and behavioural science research (SBS) published during the West African Ebola epidemic.
Report: Generating some Minimum Quality Standards and Indicators for Community Engagement for Development and Humanitarian Practice in a Health Emergency : An Interview with Jamie Bedsonby Mesh Editorial Team
Academic Literature: Word of Mouth: Learning from Polio Communication and Community Engagement Initiatives - Insights and Ideas to Accelerate Action on Other Development Issuesby USAID Maternal Child Survival Program, Mesh Editorial Team
Academic literature: Trust, fear, stigma and disruptions: community perceptions and experiences during periods of low but ongoing transmission of Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone, 2015by Nuriddin et al, 2018, Mesh Editorial Team
Academic Literature: Enablers and Barriers to Community Engagement in Public Health Emergency Preparedess: A Literature Reviewby Ramsbottom, A., et al 2017, Mesh Editorial Team
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 short podcast examines the role provided by engagement practitioners in preparing for and responding to epidemic outbreak.
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.