West African Bioethics Training Program: Raison D'etre

Division of Oncology, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
African journal of medicine and medical sciences 02/2007; 36 Suppl(suppl):35-8.
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There has been increase in the amount of research and services provided for diseases that are predominantly prevalent in developing countries. In addition, the amount of clinical trials conducted in developing countries for diseases in general and for those that contribute substantial proportions of the disease burden of the population has increased. Furthermore, interest in genomics and its potential for improving understanding of gene-environment-disease interactions and population history has drawn researchers to developing countries including Africa. These factors have highlighted the need for sound ethics training for researchers and members of ethics review committees. Increased training of bioethicists will enhance the contributions of developing countries bioethicists to the global research ethics discourse thereby enriching it. Such bioethicists will be able to drawn on their rich multicultural and multi-religious to inform discussions and issues. In this essay, I discuss the West African Bioethics Training, a United States National Institutes of Health supported training program for biomedical researchers and bioethicists in West Africa.

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    • "In this programme, it aims particularly at training a younger generation of teachers so that ethics teaching programmes in the near future can expand and improve in all member states of UNESCO. Despite this, there is still inadequate number of experts on bioethics and hence the need for enhanced bioethics training in the continent [22]. The extent and current status of bioethics in Africa is unknown and also difficult to ascertain [23]. "
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