Malawi Liverpool Wellcome (MLW) Trust has organised a music festival in Chikwawa this Saturday to disseminate information and promote understanding of health research findings.
The event, dubbed Kafukufuku Festival, will have performances by Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa, Katelele Ching’oma, Mafo and DJ Flame.
MLW community engagement coordinator Elvis Moyo confirmed about the event in an interview last week.
He said the festival will be used to disseminate “research findings of all previous research projects conducted in Chikwawa as a means of promoting ethical research practice”.
Moyo said: “Over the years, public engagement has proven to be an integral part of research, various media have been used to engage the public about research and has proved to be vital in promoting participation and ethical practice and has seen an increase in the number of requests where communities demand for research findings.
“This event, therefore, provides an invaluable opportunity to MLW as a credible institution to respond to these demands to ensure that findings of studies being conducted are shared at these events.”
He said the festival is part of the institution’s Clinical Research Programme under the Science Communication Department. He said the idea is to use exhibits and messages delivered through various artistic methods to meet their objectives.
“Kafukufuku Festival is a term which means ‘research festival’. Its concept is derived from the insights obtained from the Artist in Residence Project [done by Science Communication Department in 2012] which aimed at exploring some similarities and differences in global health research in Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) and the Sanger Institute.
“We identified and engaged Elson Kambalu, a well-known artist. Among others, one of his project outputs was a Kafukufuku Arts Festival which brought well known music artists to perform in Chikwawa and also various exhibits which were locally made by women from the district were showcased,” explained Moyo.
Black Missionaries leader Anjiru Fumulani said music is a powerful tool in disseminating various information on health and other issues. n