Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes


We are a community for those working on ethics and community engagement across the Wellcome Trust MOPs. We are also home to the "Global Health Bioethics Network" (GHBN): a programme to carry out ethics research and build ethics capacity across the Wellcome Trust’s Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand-Laos, and Viet Nam, as well as other Wellcome Trust centres, such as the Brighton and Suffolk Centre for Global Health Research.  The GHBN is funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award from 2012 - 2022.


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The Global Health Bioethics Network

The GHBN is a collaboration between the Wellcome Trust Africa and Asia Programmes in Kenya, Thailand-Laos, South AfricaVietnam, and Malawi and the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford. We are also partners with the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health ResearchMore...


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- Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) 2019: call for applications on genome editing now open!  The GFBR will hold a two-day meeting in Singapore on 12-13 November 2019 on the theme of “Genome editing for human benefit: ethics, engagement and governance”.  As part of the upcoming meeting, the GFBR is seeking case studies that bring attention to key ethical issues associated with genome editing research in LMIC settings and proposals to participate in a session on guidance and policy issues The GFBR is also seeking participants to attend the meeting, with places awarded on a competitive basis. A limited number of places are also available for journalists from LMICs, to provide an opportunity to forge connections with scientists, ethicists, policy-makers and others.

 Full details on how to make an application are available on the GFBR website and the background paper provides further details on the meeting theme. The deadline for applications is 17.00 BST on 7 June 2019. 

-The third Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference, hosted by the Ethox Centre, will take place from 1-2 July, 2019 at Keble College, Oxford, UK.

-The 8th annual GHBN Summer School will take place in Vientiane, Laos 19-23 August, 2019. More information to come soon.

- 2019 GHBN Bursary Application Form now available.

Previous news items, click here.


Cheah PY, Jatupornpimol N, Hanboonkunupakarn B, Khirikoekkong N, Jittmala, Pukrittayakamee S. Day NPJ, Parker M, Bull S. Challenges arising when seeking broad consent for health research data sharing: a qualitative study of perspectives in Thailand. BMC Medical Ethics 2018; 19:8 https://bmcmedethics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12910-018-0326-x

Mbuthia D, Molyneux S, Njue M, Mwalukore S, Marsh V. Kenyan health stakeholder views on individual consent, general notification and governance processes for the re-use of hospital inpatient data to support learning on healthcare systems. BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:3 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12910-018-0343-9

Gooding K, Mackwellings P, Peterson I, Parker M, Desmond N. (2018) Six dimensions of research trial acceptability: how much, what, when, in what circumstances, to whom and why? Social Science & Medicine. 2018; 213:190-198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.040

Mutenherwa F, Wassenaar DR, & Oliveira T de. (2018) Ethical issues associated with HIV phylogenetics in HIV transmission dynamics research: A review of the literature using the Emanuel Framework. Developing World Bioeth. 2018;1-11. https://doi.org/10.1111/dewb.12191 ;Mutenherwa_et_al-2018-Developing_World_Bioethics.pdf

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mesh - a collaborative open-access web space for people involved in community engagement with health research in low and middle income countries. It provides an online meeting place where community engagement practitioners, researchers, health workers and others can network, share resources and discuss good practice.

Global health bioethics, research ethics & review - the online community for all those interested in global health bioethics and research ethics.


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