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Target Malaria

Target Malaria is an international not-for-profit research consortium working to develop and share new, cost-effective and sustainable genetic technologies to modify mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission.

Emerging Ag has worked with Target Malaria to support the project through the development of its communication and engagement strategies and offer expert advice to its teams globally. Engaged day to day in the project’s activities, Emerging Ag’s services range from content development and messaging support, to strategy development and training.

Working with Target Malaria allows Emerging to bring to bear its expertise in the field of biotechnology, development and innovation, through a full suite of services delivered in both French and English to the Target Malaria teams.

Some examples of the work Emerging Ag has facilitated and delivered for Target Malaria include:

An expert workshop on community agreement
for gene drive research in Africa

Emerging worked to help organise and facilitate an online workshop co-hosted by Target Malaria, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA). The workshop brought together a number of leading public health experts and researchers with the aim of informing Target Malaria’s approach to seeking community agreement for research activities and building a community of practice with experience on issues related to stakeholder consent and gene drives for vector control. Emerging also facilitated the drafting and publication of the outcomes of the workshop as a peer-reviewed paper, published in Gates Open Research.

A set of e-learning trainings on communications and stakeholder engagement

Emerging developed two interactive e-learning tools designed to support onboarding of project members on Target Malaria’s approach to communications and stakeholder engagement, including relevant tools and best practices. The trainings include a mix of video presentations, interactive exercises and additional media resources, developed on Imperial College London’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Blackboard. The new tools have allowed Target Malaria to deliver consistent training to its teams based across Africa, North-America and Europe.

An animated series on the project’s stakeholder engagement approach and activities

Emerging has led the creative and conceptual development of an animated series explaining Target Malaria’s stakeholder engagement approach and activities. Developed in collaboration with Ryan Carter Images, the videos make use of visual storytelling to present these topics in a compelling and accessible manner.

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