In Our Hands | Workshop


2016 / workshop facilitation

In Our Hands is a public engagement project about the introduction of HIV self-testing in Malawi from a community perspective. It included a week long community video workshop and the production of a 27 minute film that was screened in eight locations for World AIDS Day 2017. The film is now available as an open access resource on the World Health Organisation website.

Video workshop
The primary goal of In Our Hands is to amplify the perspectives of people affected by poor access to HIV testing services. The filmmaking process included a video workshop for 13 participants that explored issues relating to HIV self-testing, whilst also training the group in camera and storytelling techniques so they could express their ideas fully and confidently. The workshop, and the subsequent filming, also created a space for collaboration  and the sharing of experiences among community members on the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

The workshop was facilitated by Rodrick Sambakunsi (community engagement), Wezzie Lora (HIV self-testing researcher) and Millie Harvey (filmmaker). Following on, the film was written and edited in London, UK and there was a private participant screening in Malawi (April 2017), where the group approved accuracy and provided feedback.

LINKS  -  documentary - project credits - hivst.org 

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In Our Hands is funded by Wellcome Trust and is a collaboration between Global Health Film initiative, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Research Programme (MLW) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The project portrayed in the film, HIV Self-Testing AfRica (STAR), is funded by Unitaid.