A one-day Research Ethics and Informed consent training was organized by BNMT Nepal in Nepalgunj, Banke. The main objective of the training was to improve the skills and knowledge of BNMT team members regarding the ethical principles governing research in human participants and the procedures and principles to be followed during the informed consent process for research studies. The training was facilitated by Principle Investigator of the project, Dr. Maxine Caws, Acting Executive Director Raghu Dhital, Research Manager Kritika Dixit, Research Officer Swastika Shrestha, Research Associate Rajan Paudel and Consultant Anne Goldie. The Epidemic Intelligence Project Manager, Target TB Project Manager, Regional Manager Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, research staff, District Program Coordinators and Community Health Supervisors participated in the training.
Training focused on the ethical principles to be considered in the development and conduct of research involving human participants with an emphasis on the three core principles – respect for persons, beneficence and justice.
The training comprised of presentations, experience sharing, brainstorming, group work and role play to engage the participants in active discussion and learning. The training also emphasized the importance of a complete and appropriate Informed Consent process when inviting participants to take part in research studies. Participants reviewed and discussed existing consent forms and participant information sheets to highlight any issues that may arise.
The training was conducted with appropriate precautionary measures to protect against COVID transmission.