Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
Mr Elvis Moyo is a 2015 Global Health Bioethics Network Bursary Fellow
I work as a Senior Community Liaison Officer at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust. After working in several studies as a Fieldworker, I joined the Science Communication department in 2011 and am responsible for Public/ Community Engagement which involves interacting with a broad range of audiences such as Community leaders, Government workers from different sectors, students and communities from both rural and urban settings.
My interest lies in improving the understanding of medical research in both urban and rural settings where MLW research is conducted using a two way approach, and also improving the support rendered to Fieldworkers involved in medical research at the Institution.
Project title: Exploring and addressing challenges to improve the ethical practice for Fieldworkers in medical research at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust
Fieldworkers (FW) face divergent challenges as they are involved in the conduct of medical research. They face tensions between their professional expectations to ensure they adhere to ethical guidelines and to be responsive to the moral issues raised by community members. FW need to be offered great support so that they can carry out their responsibilities according to the expected standards. Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust employs FW who are trained through a general orientation in the structure of the organization, and receive specific protocol training for a specific study. This study will address the current lack of structure to support FW in the conduct of ethical research. The main aim of the study is to identify ethical challenges faced by FW as they conduct medical research and to, ultimately, improve ethical research practice among FW at the institution. We will observe FW interactions with research participants and community members to have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced. In-depth Interviews will also be done with FW, Study Coordinators (SC) and Principal Investigators (PI). Findings from this study will improve the conduct of ethical research among FW in Malawi.
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