Aim: To ensure that the actions of the network are relevant to, accepted and supported by local communities and that the results of the networks’ efforts have a sustainable impact on health through improved clinical practice and public health policy.
The WP6 team have recently published a paper on community engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa “How can community engagement in health research be strengthened for infectious disease outbreaks in Sub-Saharan Africa? A scoping review of the literature”.
The WP6 team has participated in the coordination and implementation of a survey of healthcare worker perceptions on Covid-19 (see more details of the Health Care Workers Study). A tool developed by WHO was adapted to four ALERRT sites: Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal and Uganda. The country teams completed data collection in 2020 and will publish results in 2021.
Team members from WP6 visited the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya in January 2020. This learning visit was to share between ALERRT’s WP6 and KWTRP’s social science and community engagement staff on lessons learned in deliberative engagement in biobanking at KWTRP. Research teams presented research plans in a two-day meeting covering past experiences and ongoing questions about social science and community engagement practice. The ALERRT WP6 team has used this to design deliberative engagement pilot work in Tanzania. (This pilot work has been delayed due to Covid-19 but is ongoing.) The learning from this visit was shared in a WP6 call about how we can deepen engagement approaches to bring community voices into health research, particularly clinical trials.