Competing ethics in a pilot strategy to implement parasitology training and research in post-Ebola Sierra Leone.
Much of the focus of public health research post-Ebola in Sierra Leone has been on rebuilding the health care system. However, very little attention has focused on capacity building in knowledge necessary for (bio)medical research, specifically around emerging opportunistic human pathogens that contribute to the high morbidity and mortality rates in Sierra Leone. In collaboration with academic staff from the University of Makeni (UniMak), we engaged in a small-scale pilot intervention to strengthen medical parasitology teaching and research. The cultural competencies and ethical expertise provided by Sierra Leonean academics was critical to work in local communities and ensure consent to undertake research. Yet, at the end of a day of collecting samples, in small pieces of conversation, the staff also explained ethical constraints they experienced taking part in research collaborations. They illustrate that, while on the surface all may seem well with a project, there can be harmful effects in terms of accessibility, ownership, cultural responsiveness and accountability, which should be taken into consideration when establishing networks and collaborations with universities from low income countries.
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Citation : Peña-Fernández A., Anjum U., Guetiya Wadoum RE., Koroma S., Berghs M. (2020) Competing ethics in a pilot strategy to implement parasitology training and research in post-Ebola Sierra Leone. International Health,
ISSN : 1876-3405
Research Institute : Leicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes