Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

First medical bioethics workshop held in Laos

In July 2013, LOMWRU saw its first Medical Bioethics Workshop in Vientiane. The workshop was jointly organized by LOMWRU, MORU and the Ethox Centre.

Drs Mayfong and Paul who were part of the workshop, provided this report:

“The Ethics Workshop held in Vientiane, Laos between 22nd – 24th July 2013 by the world expert team from the Ethox Centre of
University of Oxford was the first and unique opportunity for Lao health researchers and professionals to learn and share experiences on medical and research ethics. In the Workshop, we discussed and heard about the different ideas and views on “what is ethics and what is research ethics?” from different groups of people from many institutions in Laos. We had opportunity to learn and discuss on special cases related to ethics issues and problems, which are very relevant to the Lao situation. We also learned and gained a lot of new lessons and experiences on ethics issues, which are considerably useful and helpful for us particularly on the community engagement and ethics. Since there will be enhancement in the Lao institutional and national ethics committees in the future, we would need help and support from the Ethox team especially the training on the ethics review process for the Lao ethics committee members. We thanks to Prof. Michael Parker and Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah for their very Kind and helpful support to Laos”.

Thank you Mayfong and Paul for your report, and thank you MORU for providing the photos below.

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Comment by Paulina Tindana on January 3, 2014 at 11:21

Dear All,

This is to wish you a Happy and Productive New Year. I am also looking forward to working with you all during the year and beyond.

Very best wishes


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