Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

Nothando Ngwenya
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Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I support the Social Science and Research Ethics Department at the Institute which is made of research assistants, junior social scientists, study coordinators and senior scientists. My research interest is in adolescent health with a focus on chronic care.
Which MOP/institution are you affiliated with?
Africa Health Research Institute
Why do you wish to join the e-MOPs community?
I am interested in developing expertise in ethics work, particularly with adolescents and young adults.

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Participatory Action Research In Action

Posted on April 13, 2019 at 19:00 1 Comment

Just an update on my bursary project .

I completed the workshops this week working with participants on reviewing their photos following the photovoice sessions. They had great photos and they also had a lot to say.

My blog post for now is just sharing the realities of using participatory methods - which can be quite draining. The process kept me on my toes and I had to be continually changing the layout and process…


A slow learning curve on how long the ethical approval process can take

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 9:26 3 Comments

This has been a very interesting journey for me on many accounts. I am at the moment waiting for final ethical clearance to start my project. I have received preliminary approval, however as phase 2 of the project involves working with healthcare professionals from the Department of Health, I need governance approvals from the Department of Health too which seems to be taking forever. It begs the question of the role and process of obtaining ethical approval in fulfilling ethical research. I…


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