Journal article

Global Justice and Health Systems Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Bridget Pratt, Adnan A Hyder



Scholarship focusing on how international research can contribute to justice in global health has primarily explored requirements for the conduct of clinical trials. Yet health systems research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has increasingly been identified as vital to the reduction of health disparities between and within countries. This paper expands an existing ethical framework based on the health capability paradigm - research for health justice - to externally-funded health systems research in LMICs. It argues that a specific form of health systems research in LMICs is required if the enterprise is to advance global health equity. "Research for health justice" requirements..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by Department for International Development (DFID)

Funding Acknowledgements

BP is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Sidney Sax Public Health Overseas Fellowship (Award No. 1052346). The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NHMRC. BP is supported by the Berman Institute of Bioethics as a Hecht-Levi fellow. AAH and BP are also supported by the Future Health Systems Initiative, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development. The authors would like to thank Jeremy Moss, Jennifer Ruger, Ted Bailey, Stephanie Morain, Kevin Riggs, and Yashar Saghai for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.