Date Published: July 28, 2009
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract: The PLoS Medicine Editors discuss the difficulties encountered by nongovernmental organizations when they conduct research, and how ethical oversight of such research needs to be rigorous, but also pragmatic.
Partial Text: Many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) provide medical care and humanitarian assistance to some of the most vulnerable populations on earth. Increasingly, such organizations are also important producers of health research, which can range from simple health surveys or interview studies, to complex clinical trials.