How To Build Community

About this episode
Dr Ian Campbell and Elvis Simamvwa discuss the story and evolution of Salt, a community engagement method focusing on authentic interaction through sharing, appreciation, listening, learning and teamwork. They share experiences from their work in Zambia, where Salt was first applied to understand community concerns about HIV and AIDS.

Podcast highlights
  • The origin of the Salt method
Dr Ian Campbell and Elvis Simamvwa discuss the inception of the Salt community engagement method during the AIDS epidemic in Zambia, emphasising the need to connect with communities on a personal level in order to find solutions to concerns and problems.
  • Key principles of Salt
Sharing stories, appreciating strengths, learning through listening, and working as a team are all key principles of the Salt approach. These core principles enable people to find solutions by listening to local community members’ concerns and desires, which builds trust and strong connections. Salt is described as a holistic, experiential learning process that goes beyond traditional interventions.
  • Salt creates sustainable, long-lasting impact
Encouraging continuous engagement with communities, Salt is not a one-time visit, but a journey that unfolds over several years. The organic growth of trust, emergence of local facilitators and positive outcomes in health-related actions contribute to the method's sustainable impact. 

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