Action for Access! Discussions on Participatory Action Research

Action for Access Team from Left to Right: Sonya Arreola, PhD, MPH, MSMGF (Global); Jeffrey Walimbwa, ISHTAR (Kenya);  Augustus Mokabedi, Bsc, LeGaBiBo (Botswana); and Đoàn Thanh Tùng, BA, Lighthouse (Vietnam)

In stunning Hanoi, as the city was preparing for TET, the Vietnamese New Year or celebration of the “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”, the Action for Access! team met for three intensive days of training and analyses.

Action for Access! is a community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) project that aims to investigate the unique forces that shape access to services among gay men, other men who have sex with men, and trans women who have sex with men in three countries: Vietnam, Kenya and Botswana.

During the last year,  the team met weekly to learn methods for designing and implementing a research protocol, and set the research questions and strategies, all of which prepared them to collect data for the first half of the study.

The meeting in Hanoi was an important next step focused on learning how to analyze these data and begin to disseminate findings. During the meeting, in parallel with research training, the team developed slides for presentation to community-based audiences and drafted two abstracts for the AIDS 2018.

By the end of three days of hard work, the team decided to make a short video to illustrate why Action for Access! and, in particular the CBPAR approach, are so essential to community based organizations. ISHTAR’s executive director, Peter Njane, kindly offered to interview team members in a spontaneous talk show format. Of paramount importance to the team is that they, community members, lead, implement and disseminate the research, thereby ensuring the results can directly influence programs and advocacy among participating communities.

For more information, please contact any member of the Action for Access! team.