Bioethics and Engagement

A meeting of the Targeted Malaria Eliimination (TME) community engagement team

Engaging with the public and the communities MORU works with is essential for the success of its research studies and maximizing its impact. It is also crucial to ensuring that our research is ethical and meets the needs of our host communities. The Department of Bioethics and Engagement is central to this activity and focuses on exploring ethical issues and engagement with vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, migrants as well as other disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups.

The department;

- Provides ethics support to clinical research throughout the MORU network including ethics training and addressing ethical problems;

- Conducts ethics research through philosophical analysis and qualitative studies;

- Manages and supports programme-wide engagement activities, providing expertise and support for researchers to engage with a range of audiences including public health officials, schools and village leaders in the areas where we work to increase awareness of research into the major diseases we work on;

- Develops independent location-based engagement programmes. We currently focus our programmes on SMRU and COMRU, the two main locations where most of the community-based work is conducted and examples include the running of community advisory boards, liaising with community leaders, and networking with non-governmental organizations working in these communities;

- Providing coordination and administrative support for study specific engagement work. This includes developing tools and materials for communication, awareness programmes, monitoring and evaluation that can be adapted for each project, and basic training of scientists and field workers at collaborative sites in facilitation skills, ethics and qualitative methods to support relevant engagement activities.

Further details and examples of some our work are available.