Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
My study’s focus is on ethical challenges faced by fieldworkers, it is one of its kind here in Malawi because so far there’s no study that has targeted fieldworkers. The study has delayed for a while due to other reasons beyond my control but at present am happy to share that it’s progressing. Fieldworkers, Study Coordinators and Principal Investigators are involved, the main objectives are to understand ethical issues surrounding Fieldworkers in their day to day work, their experiences across studies and how this knowledge can help to improve support rendered to this group of staff.
Currently, there are interesting themes coming out from the data that we have collected so far. We are coming across dilemmas that Fieldworkers face while trying to achieve informed participation and targets, reducing participants’ risks in studies, determining when and not to maintain confidentiality. There are other interesting themes coming, I will be sharing more as the study progresses.
Another interesting experience I have come across while conducting this study is the good reception from Principal Investigators. I had time to interact with some of the researchers at MLW and many of them showed interest to support the study. This is very encouraging because eventually it will have institutional buy-in after we have final results. We are planning to wrap up everything by September and share results at this year’s summer school.
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