On this page you will find links to universal ethical standards as well as key resources and tools to ensure ethical research during the COVID-19 outbreak
“There is an ethical imperative to conduct research during public health emergencies, as some research questions can be adequately investigated only in emergency contexts. Since the 2003 outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, authoritative guidance has been produced on how to conduct ethical research during emergencies.” (WHO)
Are you considering conducting a study in this area? If so, then please let us know what you have planned and if you need any support. Are you looking for groups to collaborate with? Do you want to let others know that you would like to collaborate with another group?
We want to support any team wanting to undertake a high-quality COVID-19 study in different settings, and especially in LMICs. We can help coordinate discussions and support your plans. We can also set up a forum for developing ideas and asking questions. Please get in touch and get involved!
USE THE LINKS BELOW TO NAVIGATE ETHICS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:
What support is available?
In response to the emergence of COVID-19, the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) has developed a portfolio of resources to accelerate outbreak research and response.
Mesh Community Engagement Network is a collaborative open-access web space and networking project for people involved in community engagement with global health research. It provides an online meeting place where community engagement practitioners, researchers, health workers and others can network, share resources and discuss good practice. The mesh hub provides resources and training focused on community engagement, and a map of community engagement 'people and projects around the world'.