Research Ethics Training, Banke

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.

Planning and Sharing Meeting with Stakeholders, Banke

On 4th August 2021, District level Planning and Sharing Meeting for the Epidemic Intelligence project was organized in Nepalgunj, Banke district. The objectives of the meeting were

  • to share and plan the Standard Operating Procedures/study protocol with concerned district level stakeholders
  • to develop common understanding on detail implementation plan

The meeting was conducted with the active presence of distinguished government guests, Dr. Prakash Thapa, Medical Superintendent, Bheri Hospital; Ms. Kalpana Ghimire, Lab Technician, Provincial Public Health Laboratory and Mr. Dhir Jung Shah, Chief of Health Office, Banke; along with Dr. Maxine Caws, Principle Investigator, BNMT Nepal, Mr. Raghu Dhital, Acting Executive Director, BNMT Nepal as well as the project managers, district program coordinators and community health supervisors of BNMT Nepal.

Amid the COVID19 restrictions and risks, utmost precautionary measures were strictly followed in the meeting.

The meeting was successful in communicating and engaging all the distinguished government officials on detailed implementation plan and study protocols. The meeting also discussed about the forms and formats to be used in the project. We thank all the participants for their time, expertise, enthusiastic contributions and valuable ideas contributed during this meeting. We look forward to working together for the successful delivery of the Epidemic Intelligence project.