Ethics of Health Systems Research

The overall goal of this thematic working group is to initiate critical thinking on the ethics of health systems research in low and middle-income countries in order to inform health systems strengthening efforts around the world.

Objectives of the Thematic Working Group

The Ethics of Health Systems Research Thematic Working Group (TWG) aims to explore what ethical issues arise in relation to health systems research in low and middle-income countries, how they should be addressed, and by whom. The TWG is Co-Chaired by Sassy Molyneux and Dorcas Kamuya, both from Oxford University.

Key activities of the TWG

Thematic working group activities include hosting webinars, workshops, meetings at bioethics and global health conferences, conference panels, and Google Group discussions.

Recently held activities include:

  • A scientific session on Global Health Systems Research Ethics at PRIM&R’s 2014 Advancing Ethical Research Conference in Baltimore, USA (http://www.primr.org/aer14)

  • A webinar on Ethics of Health Systems Research in Low and Middle Income Countries in 2014. 

  • A workshop at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore (USA), which considered the ethics in health systems research using three different lens—development, culture and context, and vulnerability and social justice.

  • A workshop in Geneva (Switzerland) at the Brocher Foundation focused on the ethics issues around specific methods commonly used in health systems research in low and middle-income countries.

Group facilitators

  • Sassy Molyneux

    Co-Chair
  • Dorcas Kamuya

    Co-Chair
  • Dr. Bridget Pratt

    Vice Chair
  • Hayley MacGregor

    Coordinator
  • Freddy Kitutu

    Coordinator

The Ethics of Health Systems Research in Low and Middle-income Countries

A Special Issue of Developing World Bioethics Special Issue was published in December 2016, Guest Edited by Professor Adnan A. Hyder and Dr. Paul Ndebele. The Special Issue contains papers on the topic of The Ethics of Health Systems Research in Low and Middle-income Countries.

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To join this thematic working group or learn more about it, please contact the coordinators, Hayley MacGregor ([email protected]) and Freddy Kitutu. Membership is open to everyone.

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