The project activity was in three parts, one workshop and two outdoor events.
Parasitic Infection Workshop – the scientists talked to a group of 40 Asian women and their children in Longsight about parasitic infections and how they affect people around the world. They used posters and visuals to explain the science. The women were then invited to share their own experiences of these conditions. This led to a very interesting dialogue between the audience and the academics with plenty of questions from both sides. Several of the women didn’t speak English but one of the research students was able to translate. An Asian lunch was then served. The second part of the session involved the participants drawing up ‘Rangoli’ designs based on what they had learnt about parasitic infections.
Longsight Rangoli – Some of the Rangoli designs created in the workshop were scaled up and recreated as Rangoli on the pavement in front of Longsight library. The Asian women came with their children and joined in. In addition, students from Manchester University and Longsight residents added to and enhanced the large Rangoli with their designs.
Manchester Museum Courtyard Rangoli – This was a scaled up version of the Longsight Rangoli in a city centre venue. This was open to the public. A total of 184 people attended and 157 of them actually participated in creating the Rangoli. All round the area posters about the worm were displayed and University staff and students were available to talk to people and answer questions about the topic.