Bilharzia Storytelling Lab - Looking for Storytellers in Kenya
Bilharzia Storytelling Lab - Looking for Storytellers in Kenya
The Bilharzia Storytelling Lab is looking for 20 community leaders and innovative storytellers in Kenya.
The Lab is a hackathon focused on developing innovative communication tools that can support Bilharzia elimination efforts (also known as Schistosomiasis) in Kenya.
All teams will take part in the competition of 10.000 USD for implementation of the project with Merck’s support.
Throughout the program you will have access to masterclasses and top experts from NGOs, foundations, corporates, universities and the
You will learn about behavioral change, powerful communications tools and key drivers in the health space while becoming part of a movement of passionate storytellers that works
collaboratively to eliminate Bilharzia.
The Storytelling Lab includes two pre-lab workshops on January 9th and 16th and the Lab itself from January 28th-30th.
The Bilharzia Storytelling Lab is hosted and sponsored by Merck and is free of charge.
Merck actively supports the efforts of achieving the targets of WHO’s NTD Road
Creative Communication is Needed to Improve Prevention and Control of Bilharzia
Bilharzia (also known as Schistosomiasis) is an acute and chronic disease caused by parasitic worms.
People are infected during routine agricultural, domestic, occupational and recreational activities, which expose them to infested water.
Currently, six million Kenyans are infected, and another 15 million are at risk of contracting Bilharzia.
While prevention and control programs have been rolled out in Kenya – including the distribution of medicine – there are still too many people unaware of how to prevent Bilharzia.
Risk groups such as school-aged children, domestic workers and agricultural workers in contact with infested waters continue getting the disease and suffering its long-term effects when left untreated.
Successes in preventing and controlling Bilharzia hinge on behavioral change on the ground.
We aspire to change behaviors through impactful storytelling that creatively improves awareness and access to information.
Through convening experts for participation in an innovative Storytelling Lab, we will produce better communications on how to prevent and control
Bilharzia and ultimately Eliminate It
Aap 2030, which ultimately ensures the
global elimination of Bilharzia.
Merck has provided more than 1 billion
tablets to date but wants to support more initiatives for prevention and treatment of the disease.
Why should you Participate as a Storyteller?
Make a difference and learn how to spark behavioral change
Create impactful stories through an immersive innovation program and learn how to change health behaviors for Bilharzia elimination from experts in storytelling, media production and health promotion
Get the chance to win 10,000 USD of implementation support
The winning storytelling project will be supported with seed funding of 10,000 USD to implement a pilot and will have a chance to work with Merck on upscaling the project to other communities, the national level or
Get acquainted with a new toolkit to solve complex issues
Acquire skills in innovation and design thinking that can be applied in professional endeavors beyond the Storytelling
Become part of a network
Join a network of experts, mentors, facilitators, and be introduced to organizations
Discover New opportunities
Create connections and discover new opportunities for collaboration with
experts, mentors and organizations
A proven methodology to create powerful stories
The Storytelling Lab combines storytelling with human-centered design thinking.
Through this methodology, participants dig deep into root causes of challenges related to global development and are provided with ways of structuring both stories and impact campaigns.
Human-centered design thinking puts the human aspect at the center of the proposed solution with the aim of making sure products are relevant for the people you want to serve.
By merging processes used in social innovation with traditional journalism we allow storytellers to think in a more structured way
about their processes and more thoroughly about the potential impact of their stories.
How the Storytelling Lab works
A group of storytellers are anchored around a community leader with knowledge of the specific challenge that is being addressed.
The community leader holds insights about previous initiatives and the cultural context, while the storytellers add creative skills.
Who can Apply to be a Storyteller?
• Between 18 and 40 years old
• Currently based in Kenya or ability to be in Kenya during the lab
• High reading and speaking proficiency in English
• Experience working with either storytelling, journalism or communications
• Availability for the full program from pre-lab phase on January 9th and 16th to the Lab itself January 28th-30th
Desire to Initiate and Implement Ideas and Solutions
• Knowledge of or strong interest in health and/or development
• Specific expertise e.g. tech skills or experience in social impact, the political
landscape, community building, etc. communication expertise, etc.) Preferred
How to Apply
In order to apply you need to:
• Link to an online CV or portfolio (LinkedIn or website)
• Gather at least two examples of work you have done as a storyteller and make sure you have a link to them (If you don’t have any previous work samples, you can upload an audition video or other creative project showcasing your motivation or storytelling approach)
• Ensure you are available to participate in all parts of the program in January 2021
• The application deadline is the 24th of November 2020
If you have any questions regarding the application process reach out to Luise Jochimsen (email@example.com)
For more information and application details, see Bilharzia Storytelling Lab - Looking for Storytellers in Kenya
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