ISNTD Festival brings together the creative arts and global health communities to explore the issues, challenges, opportunities and solutions that are needed to transform research into actual change, and aims to open the black box between informative research and policy, including the issues around community cohesion, disease awareness, behavioural insight, behavioural intervention, stigma allievation, programme development, mental health, education, advocacy, fundraising and many, many more.

Please get in touch to discuss speaking slots, panel and workshops aswell as any submissions  for the showcase - please contact Kaman Rafiq or Marianne Comparet

Key topics:

• Creative strategies for patient engagement and patient centricity


• Communication challenges & global health


• From Science to People: Projects, Tools & Production Strategies


• Creativity, science & public health messaging


• Workshops (gaming, theatre, virtual reality, animation... )


• Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead




DAY 1: March 2nd 2020 


9.00 // Welcome coffee


9.30 // Welcome by the ISNTD


9.30 // Session 1 - Communication & Global Health Challenges, 2020 & Beyond


• Christopher Bailey (Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health, World Health Organization)

Arts in the Global Health Agenda


• Cathryn Wood (Development Media International)

A scientific approach to health communications: does it work?


• Wyn Baptiste (MTV Staying Alive Foundation)

Changing social norms and behaviour: can television shows change how people think and act?


• Lisa Russell (SheDecides Global Champion, founder Create2030 & Emmy-winning filmmaker)

ARTS x SDGS:  Building a responsible movement







11.00 // Coffee break




11.30 // Session 2 - Creative strategies & messaging for global health


• Richard Ashdown (McCann Health)

Creativity, technology and connecting with people


• Christelle Maitre-Anquetil (Sanofi)

Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC): tools for malaria awareness in children and adolescents


• Kelly Stanford (Science communicator & artist)

Creating artwork and developing new approaches for science outreach


• Kristen De Graaf (Vaccine Confidence Project / London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Communication challenges in vaccine strategies, a cross-country perspective


• Sophie Goggins (National Museums Scotland)

Biomedical sciences in museums


• Bumpei Tamamura (GHIT Fund)

Engaging partners in global health, innovation and technology





13.00 // Lunch



14.00 // Session 3: Creative Strategies - Disease Specific Approaches


• Bethany Moos (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust)

Developing snakebite education resources in Myanmar


• James Reid (Filmmaker)

“Minutes To Die” film and advocacy for snakebite


• David Williams (World Health Organisation, snakebite)


• Somia Iqtadar (King Edward Medical University and Dengue Expert Advisory Group)

Outreach in dengue control: training into schools & communities


• Jolien Erkamp (W2O)

Dengue and the case for visual immersive storytelling: Camila and the Shadow of Dengue


• Bahadir Celiktemur (The Leprosy Mission England & Wales)

Creative approaches to reducing stigma in leprosy


• Philippa Stewart (travel journalist and adventurer)

Advocacy and NTDs: sharing personal stories and patient testimonial after contracting leishmaniasis





15.30 // Coffee break



16.00-17.30 // Film Screening & Q&A


Restoring Dignity: A Journey with Noma Survivors  

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) &  Production Inediz


Q&A with Claire Jeantet (filmmaker, Inediz Productions) & MSF staff


DAY 2: March 3rd 2020 


9.00 // Welcome coffee


9.30 // Media tools and strategies in global health research


• Steve Maud (Cloud 9 Media)

Life Post-NTDs: documenting life post disease elimination in Nigeria


• Ben Deighton (SciDev.Net)

Science, education & development through news


• David Molyneux (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Education and science dissemination through online lectures


• Julia Bello-Bravo (Scientific Animations Without Borders / Michigan State University)

Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO): Educational Animations to address Global Health Challenges


• Rod Dillon (Lancaster University)






10.50 // Coffee break




11.20 // Session 2 - Data & Technology for Global Health Focus 


• Samuel Clifford (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)


• Anne Schoenmakers (NLR, Until No Leprosy Remains)

The NTD Skin Games


• Kirsten Duda (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

A game changer in malaria vector control training


• Saflain Haider (Punjab IT Board, Government of Punjab, Pakistan)





12.20 // Lunch




13.20 // Writing About Diseases: Book Panel


Chair: Andrew Jack (Financial Times)


• Mojie Crigler (The END Fund): Under The Big Tree


• Christine Poulson (author): An Air That Kills


• Peter Hotez (Baylor College of Medicine): Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism




14.20 // Coffee Break




14.20 // Workshops


Workshop A: Create2030, Curating Artists and Storytellers in UN/NGO Spaces (Lisa Russell,SheDecides Global Champion & founder Create2030)


Workshop B: Malaria App (Sanofi Global Health)


Workshop C: SciDev.Net


Workshop D: Theatre interventions for behaviour change (Acting for Health)


Workshop E: Resistance 101: Serious games for public health (Liverpool School of Tropical Diseases)



15.10 // Workshops


Workshop F: A Workshop for Filmmakers: Helping You Get the Best Out Your Opportunities (Steve Maud, Cloud Nine Media)


Workshop G: The NTD Skin Games (NLR, until no leprosy remains)


Workshop H: Scientific Animations Without Borders: Healthcare resource for development (Julia Bello-Bravo, Scientific Animations Without Borders)


Workshop I: Resilience: A card game about flooding, climate change & disaster management (Kelly Stanford, artist & University of Hull)


Workshop J: Snakebite




15.50 // Coffee Break




16.20 // Performance & concluding discussion


Christopher Bailey (World Health Organisation)

Performance: "Stage 4: Global Stories on Empathy & Health"


Followed by Q&A and group discussion



17.45 // Concluding remarks

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