This article describes the Pint of Science format and the first event held in Lao PDR in May 2022
Project Report: The Sickle Cell Heroes Comic Book: the patient’s perspective in Kenyaby Sophie Uyoga, Mesh Editorial Team
Patients with sickle cell disease and their families often face challenges due to a lack of understanding and stigma related to the disease in their communities. In this project, funded by the DELTAS Africa CPE Seed Fund, a comic book of stories inspired by the experiences of children with SCD was made to raise awareness of SCD and the importance of research.
Project Report: The Silent Plague: raising awareness of antibiotic-induced hearing loss in Nigeriaby Adebolajo Adeyemo, Mesh Editorial Team
In this article, Dr Adebolajo Adeyemo describes his community and public engagement project, supported by the DELTAS Africa CPE Seed Fund, in which he aimed to raise awareness of aminoglycoside-induced hearing loss through the creation of a Nollywood movie, in Nigeria.
Project Report: Scrutinized: Harnessing adolescence advocacy to end TB in Botswanaby Lucy Mupfumi, Mesh Editorial Team
This project from Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, supported by the DELTAS Africa CPE Seed Fund, used storytelling and film to explore perceptions and attitudes to HIV/TB in schools in Gaborone, Botswana
Project Report: Understanding silenced and gendered health experiences and the impact on accessby Devi Leena Bose, Paromita Saha, Kashma Goyal, Joyeeta Mukherjee, Saif ul Hadi
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.
Published Literature: Actor-doctor partnership for theatre-based public health educationby kartiksharma, Shivani Mathur Gaiha, Sanghamitra Pati, Mallika Sarabhai
This paper from the Health Education Journal describes an evaluation of the Actors & Doctors: Staging Public Health Matters project. The authors assesed the feasibility, acceptability and impact of the Actor–Doctor project, which was an intervention involving theatre professionals and medical specialists to jointly deliver street theatre based public health education.
Project Report: Right to Food Project - In their Voicesby Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, David Osogo, Hilda Owii, Michelle Mbuthia, Florence Sipalla, Teresia Njoki, Melaneia Warwick, Community Organized Groups, Nairobi
“Right to Food Project” was implemented by the African Population and Health Research Center from 2018 to 2019 in urban Kenya. Different participatory visual methodologies were used to engage with the community members on the right to food. These included graffiti and wall murals, digital stories, photovoice, radio shows, human libraries, participatory educative theaters, open air events and community dialogue.
The SALUS project is a school engagement project exploring HIV research and treatment using animation, storytelling and online content. The pilot was conducted in the Umtata Region of Eastern Cape, South Africa
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.
Arting Health for Impact: South Africa focused on collaborative storytelling and participatory design to engage three communities closely involved with mental health
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
Funfair in Nepal engages the public on the prevention and control of type 2 diabetes
Project Report: Z Factor: Using themed drama competitions to facilitate conversations on psychosisby Denford Gudyanga
An overview of a project in Zimbabwe engaging communities on mental health stigma and discrimination. It worked to help combat stigma and open up collaborative pathways between the traditional/faith based and medical models of mental health treatment
Event: Showcase 2019 - International Society of Neglected Tropical Diseases Festivalby Mesh Editorial Team
Project Report: Actors & Doctors: Staging Public Health Mattersby kartiksharma, Dr Mallika Sarabhai, Sarah Iqbal
This theatre project aimed to increase awareness of and engagement with complex public health concerns such as mental, environmental and sexual health. Implemented in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, by the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts
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.
Wellcome Trust International Engagement workshop report: Telling Stories: How the public can engage with science (India 2009)by Mesh Editorial team
This report is a synthesis of discussions held at the Wellcome Trust International Engagement Workshop: 'Telling Stories'. Points raised touched upon the practical and theoretical challenges involved in translating science to diverse audiences, using creative methodologies in public engagement, and working with diverse and vulnerable groups. This report is a synthesis of the discussions, key points and key questions raised at the workshop.
Project Report: The Lucky Specialsby Mesh Editorial Team
Project Report: A puppet show to engage the community addressing antimicrobial resistance and research with childrenby Alice Hawryszkiewycz, phaikyeong
Fishy Clouds, a puppet theatre show, was created to engage the community on issues of antimicrobial resistance and research with children in Thailand. Fishy Clouds ran for twelve shows during the months of November and December 2016 in schools, hospitals, theatres and health centres. The show was performed in Bangkok and in the greater Mae Sot area in the Tak district of Thailand.