Zika Community Engagement Share Fair Event in Guatemala Fosters Learning and Collaboration

By Brittany Goetsch | Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
16 May 2018
Share Fair participants. Photo: Priya Parikh

On April 24, 2018, USAID and the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project hosted a three-day share fair in Antigua, Guatemala for community engagement partners. A share fair is a participatory event—usually focused on a single topic—that promotes learning from participants' experiences to improve their work. The focus of the event was for community engagement partners to learn from one another; share knowledge, tools, and resources; brainstorm solutions to common challenges; forge connections to strengthen the USAID Zika response; and identify specific opportunities to strengthen country programs based off of the lessons learned and experiences shared.

Photo: Anne Ballard Sara
Photo: Anne Ballard Sara

Over 70 participants, including community engagement partners, USAID staff, and Ministries of Health, gathered from across the region to share successes, challenges, and lessons learned in the Zika response. The share fair included panel presentations, small group discussions, and interactive sessions.

Participants engaged with one another in critical dialogues related to social and behavior change, vector control, care and support, and local ownership and empowerment.

Photo: Priya Parikh
Photo: Priya Parikh

Participants also shared innovative techniques to engage specific populations such as adolescents and male partners in rural, peri- urban, and urban contexts.

Highlights of the event included a “Hands On” marketplace session, in which participants interacted with materials from various organization including a Zika dart game, bingo, playing cards, and ovitraps. The session also prominently featured a mosquito mascot!

Photo: Anne Ballard Sara
Photo: Anne Ballard Sara

Throughout the three-day event, participants from across the region forged connections, and engaged in an exchange of experiences and learnings that will serve to support the Zika response’s community engagement work moving forward. A summary report of the event will be available shortly.

Photo: Priya Parikh
Photo: Priya Parikh

 

 

 

Brittany Goetsch
Brittany Goetsch
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Brittany Goetsch is a Program Specialist for the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs’ Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project. She primarily supports communications and partnerships, including Family Planning Voices and digital health. She also supports field activities and Toolkit management. Prior to joining CCP, she worked as a Peace Corps Youth Development Facilitator in Peru, providing educational programs focused on sexual and reproductive health to high school students. Her areas of expertise include women’s health, sex education, and HIV/AIDS. Her experience includes developing educational curriculum, training health and education professionals, designing strategic health plans, and managing large-scale community outreach events.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The American University. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Global Health and a Masters of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from The George Washington University.

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