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Storytelling: Participatory research

By 29 November 2023February 21st, 2024News

In this last phase of the project, we used methodologies that ensured the participation of community members. After the design of the asset mapping, we have carried out a storytelling, as a tool of participatory research.

What is storytelling?

Storytelling, as a participatory research technique, allows for the contextualisation, identification, and addressing of issues by merging human narratives with real problems. In the realm of health, it enables a profound and empathetic understanding of the issues surrounding us, which, without a cross-cutting approach, remain invisible. Storytelling fosters an emotional connection that drives action, thus highlighting the need for policies and practices to address inequalities.

By engaging communities in the narration of their own experiences, collective voice is strengthened, empowering participants as individuals capable of advocating for their rights. Additionally, storytelling facilitates effective communication among researchers, healthcare professionals, and policymakers, aiding in the understanding of complex issues and promoting evidence-based solutions and community perspectives.

This November, we shared the videos we have been working on during these months with members of the Chimbacalle Diabetes Club and the Renovación Dorada de la Magdalena Club in Quito, Ecuador.

In the videos presented, people living with diabetes told us about their experiences, offering a detailed insight into the difficulties and barriers they face on a daily basis, as well as the significant benefits of belonging to a group of people with the same pathology.

Following the conclusion of the video screenings, a discussion ensued among the audience, highlighting the daily challenges they face, such as medication shortages, limited patient care and poor road conditions. These issues highlighted the difficulties that people living with diabetes often have to overcome on a day-to-day basis.

However, the discussion also highlighted positive aspects, focusing on the importance of belonging to a group and having a support network both in managing the disease and in social life.

In the coming months, we have scheduled a series of meetings with local authorities to convey to them the impressions and concerns expressed by patients. The main objective is to seek greater support from authorities and institutions regarding the challenges faced by people living with diabetes in our community.