Community Engagement within Research Uptake:
Maternal and Child Health
Thursday 2nd December 2021
This first webinar in our series explored the role of community engagement within the process of applying research to changes in health policy and practice, focusing on maternal and child health. We were joined by two inspiring researchers who have shared their experiences of the power of participatory research and engagement to improve health services and well-being in marginalised communities in Kenya and Bangladesh.
- Dr Elizabeth Kimani-Murage - a Public Health Nutrition Specialist and a Research Scientist is the head of the Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit at APHRC. She is also a Wellcome Trust International Engagement Fellow, undertaking public engagement on the right to food in Kenya. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Brown University, USA and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, UK. She is passionate about improving lives and promoting human dignity through policy-relevant, action-oriented research, programs and engagement, and is championing research on optimal early child nutrition, development and wellbeing; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Dr Sabrina Rasheed works within Universal Health Coverage, Health System and Population Studies Division of icddr,b in Bangladesh. Her research focuses on health systems strengthening, ICT for health, equity, maternal and child nutrition, infant and young child feeding and policy analysis and stakeholder analysis. She has extensive experience in conducting studies on diverse topics related to urban health, informal health sector, population health, ICTs for health, health policy and innovations in health. She has worked extensively with marginalized population to ensure that health services are made accountable and voices of marginalized populations are heard using participatory and action-oriented tools.