To ensure that the actions of the network are relevant to, accepted and supported by local communities and that the results of the networks’ efforts have a sustainable impact on health through improved clinical practice and public health policy.

Community engagement workshop

A workshop entitled ‘Community engagement in and for ethical research in outbreaks of infectious disease and other humanitarian crises’ was held in Dakar 17th to 18th March. The workshop was a collaboration between ALERRT, the UK Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities (WEH) at Oxford University and IRESSEF. The aim of the workshop was to explore the ethical challenges of conducting research in global health emergencies, with a particular focus on effective and appropriate community engagement practices, in order to inform the debate and contribute to the creation of guidelines for good practice in future emergencies.

A report on the outputs from the workshop that Nuffield Bioethics have led on authoring can be accessed online here. The team also drafted a short letter highlighting key themes from the workshop and sent it to the media, subsequently accepted and printed in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/22/the-importance-of-community-involvement-in-tackling-ebola