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 [email protected] or Marianne Comparet [email protected]

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


• Lisa Russell (SheDecides Global Champion, founder Create 2030 & Emmy-winning filmmaker)

ARTS x SDGS:  Building a responsible movement


• 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?


PANEL DISCUSSION: chaired by Naisola Likimani (SheDecides)





11.00 // Coffee break




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


• Richard Ashdown (McCann Health)

Creativity, technology and connecting with people


• Isabelle Messager (Sanofi Global Health Programs)

Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) tools for children and adolescents


• Kelly Stanford (Science communicator and 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)

Parasites: Battle for Survival, an exhibition at National Museums Scotland







13.00 // Lunch



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


• James Reid (Filmmaker)

“Minutes To Die” film and advocacy for snakebite


• David Williams (World Health Organisation, snakebite)

Rolling out global snakebite strategy and empowering communities using decades of successful on-the-ground programmes


• Bethany Moos (Improving Global Health Fellow / Hedena Health, Oxford)

Developing snakebite education resources in Myanmar


• 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


PANEL DISCUSSION: chaired by Kamran Rafiq (ISNTD)



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) & Dr. Adolphe Fotso (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

DAY 2: March 3rd 2020 


9.00 // Welcome coffee


9.15 // Media & digital tools in global health communication

• David Molyneux (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Education and science dissemination through online lectures


• Steve Maud (Cloud 9 Media)

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


• Ben Deighton (SciDev.Net)

Science, education & development through news


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


PANEL DISCUSSION: chaired by Andrew Jack (Financial Times)



10.35 // Coffee break




11.00 // Session 2 - Sharing Knowledge: from science to end-user


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

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


• Rod Dillon & Jen Southern (Lancaster University)

Para-Site-Seeing - the travel blogging Leishmania


• Anne Schoenmakers (NLR, Until No Leprosy Remains)

The NTD Skin Games


• Kamran Rafiq (ISNTD & Acting for Health)

A theatre-based approach for assessing and influencing high-risk water contact behaviours of schistosomiasis-endemic communities in Ethiopia and Tanzania


• Kirsten Duda (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

A game changer in malaria vector control training


PANEL DISCUSSION: chaired by Christopher Bailey (World Health Organisation)



12.20 // Lunch




13.20 // Writing About Diseases: Book Panel


• 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: Provision of Online Scientific Resources in sub-Saharan Africa (Henry Stewart Talks)


Workshop B: Malaria App (Sanofi Global Health)


Workshop C: The NTD Skin Games (NLR, Until No Leprosy Remains)



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




15.10 // Workshops


Workshop E: Resistance101: The fundamentals of insecticide resistance in a nutshell (Liverpool School of Tropical Diseases)


Workshop F: How to tell successful stories from the field (Steve Maud, Cloud Nine Media)


Workshop G: Snakebite:  Building Collaboration to Empower Communities as a New NTD


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




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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