Dr Sassy Molyneux's main interests reside in Social science and Ethics in Public Health. Over the years, social scientists have developed a programme of empirical work on research ethics. This work is based on an understanding that while the ethics of human subjects research may be universal, there can be big differences across contexts and circumstances in key ethical issues or principles.
Researchers from Europe and Africa gathered in Oxford on the 27th and 28th February 2014 to share knowledge on health systems research, economics and governance in health management.
The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is a major Wellcome Trust’s overseas programmes. Its work has had a major influence on national and international health policy. Research spans a wide variety of topics and disciplines including research on malaria and bacterial and viral infectious diseases, work to map disease risk and intervention coverage and work on research ethics and health systems strengthening.
Sassy's talk revolves around the area of accountability in health systems and challenges on the same. Sassy in her presentation delves into how financial resources are utilised, balancing between documentation at health facilities verses clinical practise, workload in hospital settings and the realities and implications of accountability. Her presentation tries to answer this question: Do formal internal accountability requirements and mechanisms drive better performance in health delivery and research in sub-Saharan Africa? Her research brings out some of the work done by Resilience and responsiveness of health systems (RESYST) in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Malawi and Tanzania. RESYST aims to promote health and health equity and reduce poverty.