AFRICA CENTRE: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MODEL  PREPARED BY  Mduduzi F. Mahlinza Community Liaison Manager
COMMUNITY <ul><li>Community , refers to people with commonalities like culture, religion, single authority, geographically...
COMMUNITY PROFILING <ul><li>Rural  </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Political <...
WHY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT <ul><li>Africa Centre conducts community-based research and it is important to engage the communi...
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
RESPONSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MODEL
INTERNAL ENGAGEMENT
PLANNED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES <ul><li>Award for best Isigodi:    CAB’s direct  involvement in mobilising their  ...
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROJECT <ul><li>A sports-based community youth  mobilisation , outreach and education strategy to strengt...
PROJECT COMPONENTS: SPORTS LEAGUE & VCT <ul><li>Sports League: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soccer league of 32 teams for males <...
PROJECT COMPONENTS: WORKSHOPS & ADVISORY CENTRE <ul><li>Series of one day workshops to be held with team representatives t...
PROJECT UPDATE & PROGRESS <ul><li>2-year Grant awarded by Wellcome Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Staff recruitment in progress <...
CHALLENGES <ul><li>Striking balance between research and development. </li></ul><ul><li>Working with the Traditional and C...
SUCCESSES <ul><li>The Africa Centre has worked 10 years with one and the same community.  </li></ul><ul><li>An even better...
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Presented by Mduduzi F. Mahlinza (Community Liaison Manager Africa Centre) at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, http://scienceincommunity.wordpress.com/

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Africa Centre Community Engagement Model

  1. 1. AFRICA CENTRE: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MODEL PREPARED BY Mduduzi F. Mahlinza Community Liaison Manager
  2. 2. COMMUNITY <ul><li>Community , refers to people with commonalities like culture, religion, single authority, geographically staying together, socio-economic similarities, ethnicity and physical or health condition. </li></ul><ul><li>Community engagement or public participation as it is often referred to, is any process that involves the public in problem-solving or decision making and uses the public input to make more informed decisions - International Association for Public Participation </li></ul>
  3. 3. COMMUNITY PROFILING <ul><li>Rural </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Political </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployed </li></ul><ul><li>Health challenges </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT <ul><li>Africa Centre conducts community-based research and it is important to engage the community at all levels for; community entry and preparedness, comply with ethics codes and sensitize the community about participants rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Build trust, Suitable, Sustainable, Reputable & help to disseminate findings. </li></ul>
  5. 5. COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
  6. 6. RESPONSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MODEL
  7. 7. INTERNAL ENGAGEMENT
  8. 8. PLANNED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES <ul><li>Award for best Isigodi: CAB’s direct  involvement in mobilising their izigodi for participation - with the idea of an award to the isigodi with the highest HIV consent rate. </li></ul><ul><li>CAB as “ghost” participants: </li></ul><ul><li>How ACDIS ( especially HIV Surveillance ) want to strengthen fieldworker training by way of using CAB members as “ghost” participants. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Youth Engagement Project… </li></ul>
  9. 9. YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROJECT <ul><li>A sports-based community youth mobilisation , outreach and education strategy to strengthen youth participation in research and research result dissemination. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting about 22, 800 youth (male and female) aged 15-35 living within the DSA. </li></ul>
  10. 10. PROJECT COMPONENTS: SPORTS LEAGUE & VCT <ul><li>Sports League: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soccer league of 32 teams for males </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Netball league of 32 teams for females </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A team per Isigodi </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offer HIV rapid testing at each game </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/AIDS discussions and research information dissemination before and after each game </li></ul>
  11. 11. PROJECT COMPONENTS: WORKSHOPS & ADVISORY CENTRE <ul><li>Series of one day workshops to be held with team representatives to train the trainers in household-based dissemination of research results </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a Youth Advisory Centre to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provide continuous contact with project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide confidential one-on-one and group HIV/AIDS educational sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to make referrals to AC based medical staff </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. PROJECT UPDATE & PROGRESS <ul><li>2-year Grant awarded by Wellcome Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Staff recruitment in progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Engagement Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Activities to commence 5 th Jan, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Establish sports league by March, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Youth Advisory Centre by April, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Youth Workshop by June, 2009 </li></ul>
  13. 13. CHALLENGES <ul><li>Striking balance between research and development. </li></ul><ul><li>Working with the Traditional and Civil leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Resources to better reach-out to the intended communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic turn-around time for intervention. </li></ul>
  14. 14. SUCCESSES <ul><li>The Africa Centre has worked 10 years with one and the same community. </li></ul><ul><li>An even better understanding of how research works and the zeal to use evidence based programs i.e. Qhubekani Primary School (Mondi) </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly finding out better and more effective modes of engagement and adjust our approach where necessary. </li></ul>
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