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Articles, papers, reports
Kemri schools engagement programme science cafe held at Hazz cafe, Kilifi [Article] 2010, 4 p
This article describes an informal chat between scientists and students, over a cup of coffee and soft drinks, in Kilifi, Kenya where students from two schools had the rare opportunity of meeting face to face with scientists for answers to their questions on HIV and AIDS among the youth.
WHO’s role and responsibilities in health research [Report]
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Geneva: WHO, January 2009, 6 p
This is a report on the meeting of the executive board about the 2008 Bamako call to action on health research – strengthening health, equity and research.
A call for civil society engagement in research for health: input to the global ministerial forum on research for health [Paper]
COUNCIL ON HEALTH RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT (COHRED) (et al)
Geneva: COHRED, October 2008, 4 p
This call for action sets out a blueprint for strengthening the role of civil society organisations in research for health following the Bamako global ministerial forum on research for health.
Can communities influence national health research agendas?
A learning process leading to a framework for community engagement in shaping health research policy [Report]
BATISTA, Ricardo (et al)
Geneva: Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), 2006, 23 p. ISBN: 9292260057
This is a record of a consultation on ‘Communities matter’ which reviewed case studies of successes and failures of community and civil society engagement, participation and action in health research.
‘insights’ is a thematic overview of recent policy-relevant research findings on international development which aims to make research accessible to non-academics and non-native English speakers.
Malaria control in schools: a toolkit on effective education sector responses to malaria in Africa [Toolkit]
Partnership for Child Development: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme: The World Bank, December 2009, 60 p
This toolkit offers practical up-to-date information and experience on the control of malaria in schools, with technical and policy advice and how to plan and implement school-based malaria interventions.
Schools & health: health, nutrition and HIV and AIDS [Website]
Partnership for Child Development
This website contains information about research and resources on topics to ensure that children are healthy and able to learn, as an essential component of an effective education system.
How stuff works [Website / Multimedia]
http://www.howstuffworks.com/This website has articles, graphics and videos of easy-to-understand explanations about how the world actually works. The 15 broad topics include: communication, food, geography, health and science.
The naked scientists: science radio and naked science podcasts [Website / Multimedia]
This is a group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials and promote it to the general public and all age groups.
Planet science [Website]
London: National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
The aim of this website is to encourage children to learn and become enthused about science. It is organised into eight main sections, each with its own type of visitor in mind and its own content.
SciDev.Net : Science and development network [Website]
This website offers policymakers, researchers, the media and civil society information and a platform to explore how science and technology can reduce poverty, improve health and raise standards of living.
Autism speaks [Website]
This is the website for an autism science and advocacy organisation, which funds research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increases awareness and undertakes advocacy.
UVRI/IAVI HIV Vaccine program [Website]
Entebbe: UVRI – IAVI HIV Program
This is the website for a collaborative partnership in Uganda, which is one of the many sites in the development of an HIV vaccine where volunteers can participate in a trial.
Schistosomiasis control initiative [Website]
London: Imperial College
This website describes the work of the Schistosomiasis control initiative, which aims to control or eliminate the seven most prevalent neglected tropical diseases from sub-Saharan Africa.
KC team: speak your world [Website]
A collection of health and development stories from Key Correspondents (KC), and tips for writing and posting stories. KC Team is a network of more than 250 citizen journalists, from all walks of life, based in over 50 countries.
Public engagement with science on the internet [Website]
This is…“a gateway to internet resources on public engagement with science and technology and science communication.”
Welcome to the world cafe [Website]
This website describes the World Café – a conversational process based on a set of integrated design principles that reveal a living network pattern through which people co-evolve their collective future.
Future health systems: innovations for equity [Website]
This is the website of the Future Health Systems consortium, which aims to ensure real health gains for the poor, through research and partnership that informs and influences the health systems of the future.
Suriname indigenous health fund (SIH Fund) [Website]
This is the website for a project which gives indigenous people in Suriname’s interior Greenstone Belt region with the materials and technical support they need to self-diagnose the effects of mercury pollution from gold-mining on their community’s and their environment’s health.
Uganda: acting against worms [Audio]
Crickhowell, UK: The Theatre of Science, November 2009
This podcast describes the ‘Acting Against Worms’ initiative which works with primary schools in the Busia district of East Uganda using educative drama to raise awareness about bilharzia.
Theatrescience in Uganda schistosomiasis control initiative festival, Busia 2010 [Online video]
Crickhowell, UK: The Theatre of Science, April 2010, 6 mins 18 seconds
This is a video of clips from the ‘Acting Against Worms’ (bilharzia) school drama festival in Busia, Eastern Uganda, in April 2010.
The crossing [Blog]
The Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre http://stepscentre-thecrossing.blogspot.com/
This blog has been created to encourage debate and discussion about pathways to sustainability through research. Its work covers agriculture and food, health and disease and water and sanitation
Health [Website / Database]
This part of the Eldis website shares resources on development, policy, practice and research in health. It includes topics covering specific diseases, health and development information resources and newsfeeds.
The science communication unit: resources [Website / Database]
Bristol: University of the West of England
This list of project materials and evaluation reports is part of the Science Communication Unit’s commitment to the dissemination and learning from best practice to the general public.
psci-com [Website / Database]
London: Wellcome Library: and: Intute,
Psci-com is a gateway to evaluated, high quality Internet resources relating to public communication of science, public engagement with science and the impact of science on society.
Compiled by Deepthi Wickremasinghe, co-ordinator SOURCE International Information Support Centre www.asksource.info
Source is designed to meet the information needs of individuals and organisations working in health, disability and development worldwide. These include health workers, researchers and students, nongovernmental and governmental organisations, and disabled people’s organisations. With both a resource centre, based in London, and electronic databases, this is a unique collection of around 25,000 health and disability information resources. These include books, journals, manuals, report, posters, CD-ROMs, websites and organisations. Many materials are from developing countries and include both published and unpublished literature not readily available elsewhere in the UK.