The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health through supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Our breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. The Trust funds five large research programmes which span Africa and South East Asia (Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam). These programme primarily research illnesses which affect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Setting up a research programme of an internationally recognised standard in such contexts is not without its challenges and the importance of engaging effectively and ethically with local stakeholders is a key concern. It is important in ensuring the research is ethical and that processes of informed consent are strong Each of these programmes has an individual or team whose role it is to liaise with the public or local community through wide ranging programmes of work. They may have set up Community Advisory Board Structures, liaise with communities at community elders meetings, engage with local media and run engagement activities which the broader PCST community would recognise such as Science Café’s, Community Media and Schools outreach, however all take on unique shapes given the unique contexts and needs of the communities in which they are taking place. These overseas programmes are also involved in contributing to a growing body of social science research into community engagement and research ethics. The Wellcome Trust plans to bring representative from these programmes to the PCST conference for a satellite meeting. Participants would be eager to share stories about their programmes and the contexts within which they work, their communications and engagement strategies, objectives driving engagement and future project ideas. This panel discussion will get to the heart of what PCST is about. It will cover ethics of engagement, agendas around social justice and community empowerment and present some innovative approaches to engagement.

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Engagement from within global health research programmes (stories from Africa and south east Asia)

Helen Louise Latchem   The Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom

Alun Iwan Davies   KEMRI, Kenya

Astrid Jane Treffry-Goatley   Africa Centre, South Africa

Mary Chambers   OUCRU, Vietnam

Yeong Cheah Phaik   MORU, Thailand

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health through supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Our breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. The Trust funds five large research programmes which span Africa and South East Asia (Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam). These programme primarily research illnesses which affect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Setting up a research programme of an internationally recognised standard in such contexts is not without its challenges and the importance of engaging effectively and ethically with local stakeholders is a key concern. It is important in ensuring the research is ethical and that processes of informed consent are strong Each of these programmes has an individual or team whose role it is to liaise with the public or local community through wide ranging programmes of work. They may have set up Community Advisory Board Structures, liaise with communities at community elders meetings, engage with local media and run engagement activities which the broader PCST community would recognise such as Science Café’s, Community Media and Schools outreach, however all take on unique shapes given the unique contexts and needs of the communities in which they are taking place. These overseas programmes are also involved in contributing to a growing body of social science research into community engagement and research ethics. The Wellcome Trust plans to bring representative from these programmes to the PCST conference for a satellite meeting. Participants would be eager to share stories about their programmes and the contexts within which they work, their communications and engagement strategies, objectives driving engagement and future project ideas. This panel discussion will get to the heart of what PCST is about. It will cover ethics of engagement, agendas around social justice and community empowerment and present some innovative approaches to engagement.

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