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Ethics Review Committee

The Ethics Review Committee (ERC) independently reviews our research proposals, promoting implementation of ethically sound research across the organisation.

The ERC was established according to the principles specified in the WHO Operational Guidelines for Ethics Committees (2000).

This means that all of our studies comply with ethical standards as laid out by the Office of Human Research Protections, US. Our ERC is a registered Independent Review Board (IRB) and is governed by the following:

  • Helsinki Declaration
  • Belmont Report
  • Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)

We have our own Federal-Wide Assurance, issued by the Office of Human Research Protection, at the US Department of Health and Human Services. This assures that all research reviewed by the ERC in all partner programmes and subsidiaries will be guided by the principles outlined in the Helsinki Declaration and the Belmont Report.

Ethics Review Committee members

  • Dr Leslie Cannold (Ph.D)
  • Dr Fabian Cataldo (MA, MRes, Ph.D)
  • Emilomo Ogbe (M.B.B.S., MA)
  • Gillian Elam (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
  • Karen Newman (B.A.)
  • Dr Clare Tanton (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.)
  • Eric Somé (MD, MPh, MSc)​
  • Dr Katherine Ba-Thike (MD, MSc, FRCOG, MRCOG)
  • Korrie de Koning (MSc, Med)
  • Muktar Gadanya (MBBS, MSc, DLSHTM, MWACP, FMCPH)
  • Estelle Sidze (BSc, MSc, PhD)​
  • Soazig Clifton (MSc)
  • Sally Griffin (BSc, MSc)

MSI Ethics Review Committee

  • Vice President and Director for MSI’s Technical Services Department - Helen Blackholly (MSc, PhD)
  • Interim Director of Evidence to Action – Kathryn Church (PhD)
  • Director, Safeguarding and Protection – Joan Summers (MA)
  • Senior Regional Evidence Manager (maternity leave) - Olivia Nuccio (MSc)
  • Safeguarding and Ethics Office - Gemma Blakie (BA) 

We're committed to improving the quality of our research, based on principles of medical and research ethics. We want to improve services and share findings with the broader medical, scientific and NGO communities.

If you would like to know more about our research ethics, please contact us.

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