Practical Application of a Relationship-Based Model to Engagement for Gene-Drive Vector Control Programs

Ana Kormos Vector Genetics Laboratory, University of California, Davis, California;

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Lodney Nazaré University of California Malaria Initiative, University of California, Davis, California;

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Adionilde Aguiar dos Santos Ministry of Health, Delegacia de Saúde Distrital de Água Grande, São Tomé and Príncipe

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Gregory C. Lanzaro Vector Genetics Laboratory, University of California, Davis, California;

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Engagement is an important component in the advancement of gene-drive vector control research programs as developers look to transition the technology from the laboratory to the field. As research advances and engagement surrounding this novel technology is put into practice, knowledge can be gained from practical experiences and applications in the field. A relationship-based model (RBM) provides a framework for end-user development of engagement programs and strategies. The model places end users at the center of the engagement decision-making processes rather than as recipients of predetermined strategies, methods, and definitions. Successful RBM application for healthcare delivery has previously been demonstrated, and the University of California Malaria Initiative (UCMI) has applied this model to its gene-drive program in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. The model emphasizes the importance of local leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of all phases of project engagement. The primary aim of this paper is to translate the model from paper to practice and provide a transparent description, using practical examples, of the UCMI program implementation of RBM at its field site. End-user development of the UCMI engagement program provides a unique approach to the development of ethical, transparent, and effective engagement strategies for malaria control programs. This paper may also serve as a reference and example for projects looking to establish an engagement program model that integrates end-user groups in the decision-making processes surrounding engagement.

Author Notes

Authors’ addresses: Ana Kormos and Gregory C. Lanzaro, Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, University of California Davis, CA, E-mails: akormos@ucdavis.edu and gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu. Lodney Nazaré, University of California Malaria Initiative, University of California, Davis, CA, E-mail: lodney@hotmail.com. Adionilde Aguiar dos Santos, Ministry of Health, Delegacia de Saúde Distrital de Água Grande, São Tomé and Príncipe, E-mail: adiaguiar2@hotmail.com.

Address correspondence to Ana Kormos, Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, VM3B, University of California Davis, 1089 Veterinary Medicine Dr., Davis, CA 95616. E-mail: akormos@ucdavis.edu
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