Edward Thomsen: Games to Address Challenges in Tropical Health

Another opportunity to watch Edward Thomsen’s thought provoking presentation at the International Society of Neglected Tropical Diseases Festival held on the 23rd of February 2017.

Edward talks about the potential games have to impact knowledge and behaviour, he discusses how serious games could help bridge the gap between evidence and impact in tropical health and provides a quick overview of the current games in development.

Still want more? Then check out the short audio interview from SciDev.net for more on digital games for insecticide resistance management.


HIV G.E.T Tested Technical Prototype

Researchers at LSTM have been fighting the HIV virus armed with a brand new arsenal of weapons as they test out the technical prototype for the HIV GET Tested mobile game. Developers at EM Studios have been working at lighting speeds to take the game design from paper to mobile, giving the research team their first hands-on experience of the mechanics that will become the backbone of this game.

Keep an eye on the ETCH blog for regular development updates.

*Artwork produced by EM Studios

Beta Testers and Bug Spotters

ETCH is looking for 10 volunteers to test the latest version of our simulation game for insecticide resistance management. Previous experience with the game is not necessary. Some basic knowledge of insecticide resistance or e-learning tools is recommended.

The testing session will be held at The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Each volunteer will receive £15 for their time. The highest scorers in the game will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an adorable Giant Microbe. Drinks will be served after the gaming session.

The session will include; a short introduction, 2hr gaming session and finish with a short questionnaire and focus group discussion. All feedback provided will be kept anonymous and will be used to locate bugs and improve the game only.

Email  charlotte.hemingway@lstmed.ac.uk before the 27th March 2017 if you would like to attend. Please discuss this with your line manager or supervisor before confirming your attendance.

We Won an Award!

From Trump impersonators to award ceremonies, The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) festival was an inspiring showcase of innovation in creative works for neglected tropical diseases (NTD).

ETCH was delighted to be invited to present at the festival, as well as networking with research groups and implementors injecting creativity into the fight against NTDs.

And of course, ETCH was truly honoured to be awarded for education and innovation in disease control through the use of games.

We’d like to offer a huge thank you to everyone that has made this award possible, from our game developers at EM Studios, to our committed stakeholders that endured long workshops and of course to the ISNTD for this recognition.