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International Health's ethics series

The May issue of International Health saw the launch of our Ethics Series, Guest Edited by Michael Parker, Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford. Over the next few months we will be publishing a range of commissioned papers on ethical issues in global health. 

There is increasing recognition of the important role of identifying and addressing ethical issues in successful science. New and emerging forms of research are leading to parallel emergence of new ethical issues such as ethics in large collaborative research networks, data-sharing, diversity of institutions and values. The good news is that there is an increasing degree of explicit acknowledgement in much research ethics guidance of the importance of ethical ‘principles’. Although there is variation, the most commonly acknowledged are respect for autonomy, duties of care, minimising harms and promotion of benefits. However, there is a multiplicity of guidelines and areas of ambiguity and conflict, and there is significant need for capacity building, resources and training of ethics committees if guidelines are to be given effect. Even in areas where there is guidance and broad consensus, care is needed to interpret how guidance should be implemented in practice. The bottom line is that researchers and institutions need to develop the skills needed to maintain high ethical standards in a complex practical and guidance landscape.

International Health’s Ethics Series will run throughout 2016. If you have an ethics paper which you would like to see in this collection, please contact the journals team to discuss further journals@rstmh.org.

Development of drugs for severe malaria in children
By Phaik Yeong Cheah, Michael Parker, and Arjen M Dondorp
Int. Health 2016 8 (5):313-316

Antimalarial mass drug administration: ethical considerations
By Phaik Yeong Cheah and Nicholas J White
Int. Health 2016 8 (4): 235-238

Ethics of emergent information and communication technology applications in humanitarian medical assistance
By Matthew Hunt, John Pringle, Markus Christen, Lisa Eckenwiler, Lisa Schwartz, and Anushree Davé
Int. Health 2016 8 (4): 239-245

Collecting data on violence against children and young people: need for a universal standard
By Karen M. Devries, Dipak Naker, Adrienne Monteath-van Dok, Claire Milligan, and Alice Shirley
Int. Health 2016 8 (3): 159-161

Understanding of research, genetics and genetic research in a rapid ethical assessment in north west Cameroon
By Jonas A. Kengne-Ouafo, James D. Millard, Theobald M. Nji, William F. Tantoh, Doris N. Nyoh, Nicholas Tendongfor, Peter A. Enyong, Melanie J. Newport, Gail Davey, and Samuel Wanji
Int. Health 2016 8 (3): 197-203

Ethical challenges in research with orphans and vulnerable children: a qualitative study of researcher experiences
By Maureen C. Kelley, Tracy Brazg, Benjamin S. Wilfond, Liliana J. Lengua, Beth E. Rivin, Susanne P. Martin-Herz, and Douglas S. Diekema
Int. Health 2016 8 (3): 187-196

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