Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
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),…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
what do you think of crowd funding for clinical trials?
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…Continue
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.
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.
I am writing a paper on the development of drugs for severe malaria in children.
Although important progress has been made during the last decade, severe falciparum malaria remains a major cause of mortality, especially in children under five in sub-Saharan Africa. Even with the current first line treatment, parenteral artesunate, mortality remains high at around 10%. It is clear that new drugs are needed. Artesunate was first evaluated in healthy volunteers for…Continue
Recently MLW science communication team engaged staff members at Chikwawa site to orient them on how the department operates and some activities coming next year. Rodrick took advantage of the meeting to introduce a bursary project whose focus is on fieldworkers including those working at the site, it was so interesting learning that all of them have positive expectations for the project. One of them pointed out that they are looking forward to the outcome of the study which will be…Continue
I am delighted to give you a brief update about my bursary project. At the moment, I am in the process of data collection. Twenty two semi-structured interviews out of the planned forty three have already been conducted. The data that is coming out is so interesting. One thing that is coming out clear from my data is that most Malawians using our primary health care system are so ignorant about issues on bioethics.
I am anticipating being through with data collection…Continue
Just wanted share a quick update on the progress of fieldworkers'; so far after an initial submission there was one comment to be addressed. We have now resubmitted hoping the protocol will finally approved and then move to another stage.
Hi every one, I hope you are all well! I am thinking of what are the best ways (methods) to present the research results to our research participants. Does any one has experience or know any resource that I can look into?Continue
I do hope you are all doing well, I would like to share with you some of my happiness and results after the trip to the Ethox in last Jan-Feb this year. …Continue