The Worm Wagon - Educating the public about worm infections
Researchers at The University of Manchester, assisted by BBSRC-funded PhD students, developed ‘The Worm Wagon’: a series of mobile workshops aimed at engaging people with their research on parasitic worm infections.
|840M||Children worldwide require preventative treatment for soil-transmitted worm infections|
|70||Engagement events about parasitic worm infections|
|300K||People attended the engagement events|
|44K||Downloads of the researchers’ online video resources|
The group have now run over 70 engagement events, engaging with more than 300,000 people. The group’s online video resources have been downloaded over 44,000 times.
Funding from a BBSRC Schools Regional Champion Award allowed the researchers to develop an infection and immunology course for non-native English speakers to address misunderstandings about worm infections and encouraging the uptake of anti-worm therapies. These classes continue and have recently been developed into an online distance learning course.
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