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There is a lot of work to be done in community engagement but, as we all know, finding the funding to do it can be a challenge.

To help, we have created a new funding page on mesh. The page lists funding schemes from around the world that accept applications for community engagement work in low- and middle- income countries. Take a look and let us know what you think or if you have anything to add so that we can continue to grow this resource.


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Wellcome Trust Announce New Funding - how does it effect you?

In further funding news, Wellcome announced this month that as of January 2017 its previous funding streams for public and community engagement will be replaced by the Public Engagement Fund.This fund will be open to anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research - including applicants based in a low- or middle-income countries within Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or East Asia and Pacific.

Look out for our Mesh guide to the Public Engagement Fund which will be launched in the next couple of weeks. This new page on Mesh will break down exactly what the new funding means for those working in low- and middle-income countries and how best to use it. Stay tuned!
New Resources on Mesh

We have two new project reflections on Mesh that may be of interest if you are planning or evaluating your own activities, or looking for contacts. The first reflects on PRIDE's recent engagement with young people around mental health in Delhi, India, and the second gives a detailed account of the successes and challenges of Blood Sugars: A project which engaged people with diabetes through workshops, drama and film in South Africa. 

We have also been speaking with AVAC this month and are starting to add their fantastic guides and tools on community engagement to the site. Starting with their Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Guidelines in HIV prevention

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Next on Mesh

You might see some changes to the site over the next few weeks. Based on feedback from users we are trialing a new layout to make it easier to find the resources you need - whether you are a scientist, social scientist, CE practitioner, community leader or artist.
 
Look out next month for our evaluation forms where we want to hear from you what is working and what is not.
Don't forget to share Mesh with colleagues, add resources, start discussions and let us know if you have questions or feedback.






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