PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Addressing Ethical, Social, and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research
James V. Lavery mail, Shane K. Green, Sunita V. S. Bandewar, Anant Bhan, Abdallah Daar, Claudia I. Emerson, Hassan Masum, Filippo M. Randazzo, Jerome A. Singh, Ross E. G. Upshur, Peter A. Singer
The purpose of this paper is to encourage reflection among the global health research community and the research ethics community about how a wide range of ethical, social, and cultural (ESC) influences on the conduct, success, and impact of global health research can best be addressed by consultation services in research ethics (CSRE). We draw on lessons we have learned during our experiences with the ESC Program of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative to propose key features of CSRE that may prove useful for those designing or implementing similar programs.