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Safeguarding community-centred global health research during crises

Agampodi, Thilini, Nuwangi, Hasara, Gunasekara, Sonali, Mallawaarachchi, Asitha, Price, Helen P, Dikomitis, Lisa, Agampodi, Suneth (2023) Safeguarding community-centred global health research during crises. BMJ Global Health, 8 (8). Article Number e013304. ISSN 2059-7908. (doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2023-013304) (KAR id:102468)


Global health researchers face multiple challenges in proceeding with research programmes during crises, including ethical and safety questions, equitable participation of community members and the collection of robust data.

⇒ In Sri Lanka, the multi country global health programme ECLIPSE adopted innovative research methods in a context dictated by pandemic conditions, and strengthened by community engagement and involvement (CEI), to achieve its goals, provides a model for global health researchers working in crisis settings.

⇒ Following the government regulations in combination with scientific guidelines, closely monitoring the pandemic and timely prediction, adopting a robust CEI approach at the early stages of research and using innovative methods that moves beyond virtual mode can help navigation of research without disruption.

⇒ Incorporated crisis preparedness and alternative plans focusing on encouraging the use of CEI in grant proposal development by researchers and a the demand of global health research funders on these key aspects would enhance the ability of research programmes to sustain during crises.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-013304
Uncontrolled keywords: Health services research, Public Health, Humans, COVID-19, Cutaneous leishmaniasis, Qualitative Research, Qualitative study, Patient-Centered Care, Health policy, Global Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences
R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Kent and Medway Medical School
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (
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Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2023 14:07 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2024 15:44 UTC
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