On the other side of research – The reflections of a trialist and two participants on the Ebola vaccine trial in Kilifi.
Unlike the usual practice where researchers are the ones carrying out trials Sassy Molyneux and Munga Mwachiro a staff Nurse were on the other side of the trial during the recently concluded Ebola trial in the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi. They share their experiences here;http://resyst.lshtm.ac.uk/rings/news-and-blogs
The trail was aimed at demonstrating safety and immune responses by the vaccine in the Kenyan population. The dose of the VSV-Ebola vaccine was successfully administered to a cohort of 40 health workers at the Kilifi County Hospital. The trials targeted health workers due to their first line contact with Ebola patients.