Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
We now have two village malaria workers (VMWs) in place since October 2012 and they have tested a total of 34 individuals of which 10 were positive and treated for malaria. We have identified 8 new sponsors and are in the process of setting up a website for easy payment. Once this is online and the payments have been made we will recruit further VMWs. We are setting up an initial website for reporting to sponsors and coordinating the scheme. The research on the ethical issues encountered by VMWs in the scheme is in the planning stages. On sustainability of the scheme, we plan to set up the scheme as a pilot with sponsors recruited from our friends and family. The duration of the ETHOX project will be the pilot phase of the sponsorship scheme where the systems for recruiting new sponsors, reporting to existing sponsors and collecting payments will be optimised in collaboration with the Cambodian investigators. At the end of the ETHOX project, the entire structure will be handed over to the Cambodian investigators to develop as they see fit.
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