Ms. Kagemlo Kiro

2007 Trainee

Kagemlo Kiro received a Bachelor of Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Her undergraduate studies involved social science research methodology and fieldwork at the Kuleana Center for Children’s Rights in Mwanza. Upon graduating, Mrs. Kiro worked as a Research Assistant with several organizations including the University of Dar es Salaam, Care International, and World Ahead.

In April of 2005, Mrs. Kiro began work as a Research Assistant with the Microbicides Development Programme (MDP), where she is currently working on a clinical trial to determine the efficacy and safety of vaginal microbicide gel in preventing vaginally acquired HIV. Through this research experience, Mrs. Kiro has developed a keen interest in the ethical issues surrounding this trial. She is often in direct contact with study participants because her role includes collecting informed consent, conducting in-depth interviews, and collecting the sexual behaviors of participants through coital diaries. Mrs. Kiro is aware of the sensitivity of information participants must disclose in relation to their exposure to HIV and the stigma and rumors surrounding the MDP trial. She believes there is further work to be done to understand what ethics means to the participants and community as a whole.

Mrs. Kiro intends to come away from the Program with the tools and knowledge necessary to conduct a study exploring Tanzanian women’s understanding of ethics and barriers to adherence, particularly in the context of medical research.

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