HVO Policy on Volunteers & Clinical Research
HVO's mission is to improve the availability and quality of health care in developing countries through the training and education of local health care providers. Volunteers, on occasion, may see an opportunity to participate in or to initiate a research project at a site. The purpose of this policy is to assure that any clinical research* undertaken by an HVO volunteer is conducted in a manner that is both ethical and transparent. Sites have the right to know about any planned clinical research initiatives, as well as the right to determine if the research is inappropriate or otherwise unwelcome. If a site does not approve a research request, the volunteer must comply with this decision.
HVO volunteers who intend to conduct clinical research while on assignment must do the following:
Permission from the host site should include approval through appropriate authorities and take into account local culture, the need for informed consent in local languages, and ethical standards consistent with conducting research in the United States. Publication of any material should acknowledge the local host site professional input and facilitation.
* The following categories comprise clinical research per the NIH: