SLF builds capacity for community engagement in global health research
In June, SLF Co-director Dr Gill Black was invited to facilitate a workshop on Participatory Visual Methods (PVM) for global health research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). The workshop was organized as part of an international research project exploring resilience, empowerment and advocacy in women’s and children’s health research (REACH), led by Maureen Kelly - Associate Professor of Bioethics at The Ethox Centre, Oxford University. A major goal of REACH is to advance understanding of specific vulnerabilities in context, and to explore research participants’ capacity for resilience, from their own perspectives. Gill’s workshop supported REACH scientists at KEMRI in thinking about new approaches to engaging with particularly vulnerable groups. Drawing on her 6-years of experience with PVM through many health-related projects at SLF, Gill’s workshop described how applied theatre, photography, digital stories and collective video can be used as participatory tools to strengthen medical and clinical research. Gill is the Participatory Research Consultant for the REACH South Africa team.