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S1E2 - Social mapping and transect walks: lessons from Nigeria
Episode 225th January 2022 • Connecting Citizens to Science • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
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In this episode we talk to Noela Gwani and Luret Lar about two participatory methods were used as part of the COUNTDOWN project in Nigeria to explore community structures and spaces; transect walks and social mapping. We discuss how these methods can be used to: 

  • Facilitate community entry and raise awareness of projects 
  • Bring together diverse groups of community members to discuss their problems 
  • Identify structures that could be used in programme implementation



Dr Luret Lar, Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences 

University of Jos and Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. 

I am a medical doctor, consultant public health physician and a masters holder in international public health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. I am currently a lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos; with interest in international public health. For the past six years, I was the research manager for the couNTDown project, a multi-country and multidisciplinary implementation research. We employed participatory methods to collaboratively design solutions to neglected tropical diseases programme challenges. I have been involved in local, regional and global research and networking focussed on community participation and health system’s strengthening.    

https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/alumni-and-friends/alumni-profiles/dr-luret-lar 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luret-A-Lar 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/about-countdownhttps://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/about-countdown 

https://www.sightsavers.org/blogs/2018/06/how-participatory-research-helps-tackle-neglected-tropical-diseases/; 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Countdown%20Learning%20Pack%20Kaduna%20State.pdf 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Countdown%20Learning%20Pack%20Ogun%20State.pdf 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Countdown%20PGP_0.pdf 


Noela Gwani, COUNTDOWN Nigeria 

A social scientist with experience of participatory, inclusive and qualitative research, I worked on the COUNTDOWN project as a Team Lead and collaborated with Ministries of Health to better engage communities and stakeholders in improving equitable Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) program delivery. I have been involved in the production and dissemination of research outputs such as practical tools to support participatory action planning, as well as case studies and blogs. 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Countdown%20PGP_0.pdf 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Countdown%20Learning%20Pack%20Kaduna%20State.pdf 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsoaMK67l8I&t=1s 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Developing%20Sustainable%20tools%20case%20Study%2013.11.19%20V4%20pdf.pdf 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Building%20resilience%20for%20MAM.pdf 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/Georgina%20and%20Noela.pdf 

https://countdown.lstmed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/centre/A%20Day%20in%20the%20Life%20Noela_2.pdf 

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