Controlled human infection model (CHIM) studies have pivotal importance in vaccine development, being useful for proof of concept, pathogenesis, down-selection and immunogenicity studies. To date, however, they have seldom been carried out in low and middle income countries (LMIC), which is where the greatest burden of vaccine preventable illness is found. This workshop discussed the benefits and barriers to CHIM studies in Malawi. Benefits include improved vaccine effectiveness and host country capacity development in clinical, laboratory and governance domains. Barriers include acceptability, safety and regulatory issues. The report suggests a framework by which ethical, laboratory, scientific and governance issues may be addressed by investigators considering or planning CHIM in LMIC.
Gordon, S.B., Rylance, J., Luck, A., Jambo, K., Ferreira, D.M., Manda-Taylor, L., Bejon, P., Ngwira, B., Littler, K., Seager, Z., Gibani, M., Gmeiner, M., Roestenberg, M., Mlombe, Y; Wellcome Trust CHIM workshop participants