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Researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities joined an international group of experts in community engagement for health research to identify urgent measures to foster involvement of local communities in emergency research, such as the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Need for better community engagement during global health emergencies 1

A workshop held in Dakar, Senegal, 7-18 March, highlighted the need for better community engagement during global health emergencies. Researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities joined an international group of experts in community engagement for health research identified urgent measures to foster involvement of local communities in emergency research, such as the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

It brought together experts from survivor, policy, research, and implementing organisations with experience of conducting community engagement in research during humanitarian crises. Although many of the experiences cited related to the recent and current Ebola outbreaks in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the relevance of discussions extended beyond Ebola.

Read more (Nuffield Council on Bioethics website)