One of the challenges to the recruitment of participants into a genetic research studies is obtaining valid consent. This may be compromised by several factors including poverty, severe illness and low literacy. How exactly to deal with these issues depends on the context in which research takes place. To accommodate the varying circumstances in which consent for MalariaGEN consortial project studies is sought, the network developed a template for obtaining informed consent and accompanying guidelines. These were designed to assist but not to prescribe the development of locally appropriate consent processes. The template and guidelines were developed following broad consultation across the network, including a workshop in Bamako, Mali in 2006.
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