Developing a Framework for Effective Community Engagement (CE) in Global Health Research

 

The discovery, development, and implementation of innovative solutions to pressing challenges in global health and development can be stymied by poorly developed strategies for engagement with host communities.  To address the dearth of guidance in this critical area, the ESC Program has developed and implemented what the editors of Nature called a “detailed and ambitious framework to engage the public in global-health initiatives.” Our novel framework for ethical and effective community engagement is having a broad impact on the evolution of the regulation of human subjects research. For example, it was cited by the US President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues’ December 2011 Report, Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research.  More recently, it was introduced to the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) initiative, in which it helped to inform the Stakeholder & Community Engagement Working Group’s development of the first Good Participatory Practice Guidelines for TB research (GPP-TB), in collaboration with the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC).