Vietnam Initiative on Zoonotic Infections
Prof Guy Thwaites
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
This will build on the Health in the Backyard project which was funded with an International Engagement Award. I will extend the model to other cohort communities in the Vietnam Initiative on Zoonotic Infections in Dak Lak and Ba Vi district and support a collaboration with the provincial Department of Health Education in Dong Thap.
We will pilot communication and engagement methods such as forum theatre, science café community discussions and public viewings of community films. Expected outcomes will be: the engagement and empowerment of research communities; increased insights into perceptions of risk and how much risk people are willing to take, and behaviours that may expose people to zoonotic infections; and capacity building for researchers and local government partners to better engage with communities.
This grant was awarded under the scheme's previous name of Provision for Public Engagement.