Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

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CARE Update

Hello everyone, Good morning!

Thank you everyone for your support. For CARE project, the interview and the focus group discussion from the hospital site are very interesting. After getting permission from the district level,I am now really looking forwards to the community to meet and interview the village headmen. From the interviews so far, everyone has said that village headmen are the first ever men that researchers should meet before conducting any research in the community. If he…


Added by Sreymom Pol on May 15, 2016 at 3:39 — 4 Comments

Project update

Dear colleagues

Just to inform you that i have been given a provisional  ethics approval on condition that i get the green light from the Africa Centre Community Advisory Board (CAB). My presentation to the CAB is scheduled for the 26th of May. It has been a long and winding road to get the requisite approvals but its surely coming to an end. 

Kind regards


Added by Farirai on May 14, 2016 at 14:48 — 5 Comments

Training and Engagement activities

Dear all,

I hope you are doing well. Just a quick update on what I am doing now. We have just held 2 days (11 and 12 April) Data Sharing workshop in the North (Hanoi) of Vietnam. The workshop included 20 members from ethical committee of 5 different institutions and 2 guests from the Ministry of Health (MoH). All participants spent the whole day 1 on discussing the challenges, issues, identify where we are in the process of data sharing in Vietnam context.…


Added by Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy on April 15, 2016 at 4:30 — 2 Comments

My Experience with manuscript writing

One of the main outcomes of my bursary is a manuscript from the project " ‘Facing Our Fears’: Facilitated Film Viewings as a Community Engagement Tool in Research  involving MSM in Kenya". I already shared first draft with co-authors and received their feedback... I must say I received very tough criticism which I am glad because its an indication that they read the paper. Moreover it was constructive criticism that is helping shape the next draft and results I can bet will be a better…


Added by Bernadette Kombo on April 11, 2016 at 14:33 — 2 Comments

My new position in Science communication department.

Last time i shared about a progress of my study on my blog but today i would like to acknowledge all my colleagues and members of this network. On 1st April i started working as a Community Engagement Coordinator in Science communication department. I believe this has been achieved by experiences and knowledge i have gained through collaborations and interaction within this Bioethics network. One of my key roles in this new position is to establish a platform for supporting Fieldworkers at…


Added by Elvis Moyo on April 11, 2016 at 7:17 — 2 Comments

What is a fair offer?

Hi everyone! Who is going to the EACME in Leuven? I am hoping to go and have submitted an abstract what is a fair offer when it comes to research with children in low-income settings. The UK Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on Children and Clinical Research stressed the importance of the requirement of fair offer when inviting children to participate in research. What does everyone think?

Added by Phaik Yeong Cheah on March 11, 2016 at 20:20 — 4 Comments

Update of CARE (Community Attitude toward Research Ethics)

Greeting form COMRU, Siem Reap, Cambodia,

I hope that you are doing well. I would like to inform you about the update of CARE study, Community Attitude towards Research Ethics, in Cambodia. For the first two months, we were working on submitting documents and waiting for the approval from National Ethic Committee (NEC),…


Added by Sreymom Pol on March 9, 2016 at 1:19 — 5 Comments

Kyaw earns his DPhil from University of Oxford

On 16 Feb, GHBN Ethics Bursary Fellow - Kyaw Myo Tun of MOCRU successfully defended his DPhil thesis, Artemisinin resistant falciparum malaria in Myanmar at the University of Oxford. Prof Nick Day was Kyaw¹s main thesis supervisor, while Dr Frank Smithuis and Prof Peter Horby were co-supervisors. Examiners were Prof Brain Angus, Director of the Oxford Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine and Prof Chris…


Added by Kyaw Myo Tun on March 4, 2016 at 6:55 — 10 Comments

Progress update

Dear colleagues


I am happy to inform you that a number of developments have occurred since my last update in November. Following the approval of my proposal by the Postgraduate Committee in December 2015, the protocol was submitted to the research ethics committee and the outcome of the review is still pending. Considering that some of the consent documents and data collection instruments that will be used for the study need to be translated from English to Zulu before data…


Added by Farirai on February 15, 2016 at 16:56 — 1 Comment

Progress on the Bio2USER study


I would like to bring it to your attention that my bursary project is going on well. So far, I just over thirty IDIs that have already been transcribed. At the moment, I am in the process of initial coding of the data. There are a lot of interesting insights coming from the data and I can't wait to share with the rest of the group during the up-coming Summer School.


Added by Mphatso Mwapasa on February 15, 2016 at 12:37 — 1 Comment

Ongoing data collection

Hi Everyone,

It's time for another update on my bursary project, though belatedly. I apologise for being late. Participant recruitment, data collection, and follow up is going on well. I've completed 2 FGDs (2 more left) and I'm liking the FGDs more, being the first time to do them. I'm hugely thankful to GHBN for the bursary projects that's enabling me to gain new skills as well.

Our recruitment is going on excellently and we should finish in Feb 2016. We aim to complete data…


Added by Neema Mtunthama on January 29, 2016 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

Ethics Workshop in Myammar

HI everyone,

I will be running an research ethics workshop in Yangon for the Military Medical Research Conference. It is only a one day workshop as a pre-conference activity. 

Phaik Yeong

Added by Phaik Yeong Cheah on January 28, 2016 at 10:21 — 3 Comments

Update from Elvis at MLW: Plans for Fieldworkers' Fellowship

Last year there were a number of hiccups that made this project delay; one of them was obtaining ethical approval and this even affected other activities line up on the timeline.  As the year is just starting, we will make sure that other remaining activities such as data collection are prioritized. As shared in the previous blog, everything is set except for a few areas needing final touches other than that i look forward to another successful year.

Added by Dina Rippon on January 20, 2016 at 13:03 — 4 Comments

Impact of WHO HIV treatment guidelines on MSM research community engagement activities

Happy New Year everyone.

In September 2015 WHO released new HIV treatment guidelines recommending immediate treatment for all individuals that test positive for HIV regardless of their CD4 cell count. These guidelines are pegged on the evidence that earlier use of ART results better, long-term clinical outcomes for people living with HIV as well as reduce transmission and decrease HIV acquisition risk at the population level. Concerns have however been raised regarding the…


Added by Bernadette Kombo on January 19, 2016 at 13:59 — 3 Comments

Reflections on researching and teaching ethics, anthropology and ethnography in South Africa

Hi all, 

I know I'm long overdue to post a blog piece up here. Sorry about that! Despite my silence, we have actually been making progress (finally!) with the data collection on this project since July of this year, and are planning to wrap up this first project phase in January. With the help of two new research assistants, we've managed to do a series of observations, focus groups and in-depth interviews with community engagement officers, Centre field staff, and members of both the…


Added by Lindsey Reynolds on December 11, 2015 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

Project update

Dear Colleagues

I hope you are keeping well and making progress on your various projects. As for me, I have made minimal progress this year, as it took more time than I had anticipated to get all necessary approvals before commencing data collection. The good news is that my PhD proposal under which my bursary project is nested, has finally received the green light from the postgraduate academic committee at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Nevertheless, before i embark on data…


Added by Farirai on December 8, 2015 at 15:20 — 4 Comments

crowd funding for clinical trials

Hi everyone,

what do you think of crowd funding for clinical trials? 


Phaik Yeong

Added by Phaik Yeong Cheah on November 29, 2015 at 23:52 — 2 Comments

Facilitated Film Viewings as a Community Engagement Tool

Hi everyone, First of all I am very exited as the newest kid on the block as a GHBN bursary fellow. I am now in the process of analyzing and writing up my findings on Facilitated Film Viewings as a Community Engagement Tool in Research involving men who have sex with other men. What is apparent is that film is such a strong communication tool with power to enlighten, educate or persuade people on the importance of HIV research with MSM or other key populations. I will continue with writing…


Added by Bernadette Kombo on October 21, 2015 at 9:30 — 8 Comments

Evaluation of our CAB

Hi everyone, as you know Khin Maung Lwin and I are working with the community advisory board on the Thai-Myanmar border. I am going to present a paper at the American Society of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine meeting next week in Philadelphia. It is about key success indicators against which we think we should evaluate our CAB.

Added by Phaik Yeong Cheah on October 20, 2015 at 23:30 — 5 Comments

Ethical approval renewals

Hi Everyone,

A quick update on my bursary project. We'd to temporarily halt participant recruitment as our annual ethical approval was ending and had to renew it. The good news is, we applied for renewal and are waiting for a signed copy of the approval likely next week. We will resume recruitment once that is received. We are all excited to complete recruitment and finalise the analysis.

All the best.


Added by Neema Mtunthama on October 16, 2015 at 14:00 — 8 Comments

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