As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Nepal is one of the countries that has been hit hard. As public health safety measures, we conducted a two-day virtual workshop with community members on 16 and 17 June 2021 under one of the Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) projects. Currently, HERD International is co-designing an education program on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) that can be used in schools in Nepal. Through this workshop, HERD international experimented with virtual community engagement in COVID-19 context. The aim of this workshop was to explain the purpose of the School AMR project, orient on the information sheet and gather consent of the participants to participate in the study. Six participants who also took part in a similar project participated in the workshop. Engaging community based on a participatory approach itself is challenging even in a normal context. “It requires considerable preparation to build trust and ensure meaningful community participation to engage the community,” researcher Shraddha Manandhar shared.


July 30, 2021