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Strengthening research ethics governance and regulatory oversight in Central America and the Dominican Republic in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
There is a wide agreement regarding the need for a coordinated global research response to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, there are several ethical challenges to consider while doing so. To achieve ethical governance of global epidemic research, on the one hand, we need more studies seeking to produce a descriptive and comparative analysis of ethical pathways and governance for research concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, we must analyse the distinct roles and responsibilities of main actors in the global collaborative research endeavour.
Aim: The establishment of a governance framework for ethical research as recommended by WHO is especially necessary for the LAC region, where the lack of research ethics governance is a long-standing problem.
This workshop focused on the clinical aspects and sequelae of patients with Congenital Zika Syndrome and Chikungunya, discussing diagnostics and how to integrate and establish these into the public health system.
An important aspect of the workshop was the participation of governmental agents (State Secretariat of Health of Sergipe, Municipality Secretariat of Health of Aracaju and Central Laboratory of Public Health of Sergipe), which granted the audience a better understanding about how the State and Municipality offices work together in the fight against vectors, the identification of new cases and the design of strategies to prevent new outbreaks.
These stakeholders were identified during a stakeholder mapping exercise by the ARCH programme in March-April 2021
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