Kinshasa School of Public Health, DR Congo
The Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH) was established in 1984 with funding from USAID and support from Tulane University. The primary mission of the KSPH is to contribute to the improvement of health and well-being of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo through research, education and public health interventions. It is a testament to the determination, commitment and resourcefulness of the KSPH that it continued to carry out its mission during the fall of the Mobutu regime and the ensuing civil conflicts.
Our Fogarty project has established a bioethics center within the KSPH. The mission of the new center is to serve the health care sector, the broader community in the DRC and Francophone Africa through bioethics education, research and consultation.
It seeks to fulfill its mission by integrating research ethics and public health ethics courses into the KSPH program and faculties at the University of Kinshasa, strengthening local ethical review of research, teaching bioethics to medical students at the University of Kinshasa, holding regional workshops at health care centers, and offering a MPH with concentration in bioethics in 2011-12.
The center also seeks to engage students and faculty members of the faculties of law, medicine and humanities at the University of Kinshasa in ethical discussion and dialogue, and form cooperative institutional ties with these faculties.
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Centre Interfacultaire de Droit, Ethique et Sciences de la Sante, Faculte Universitaire Notre Dame de la Paix (Namur, Belgium)
The Faculte Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix is a Jesuit Catholic private university established in 1831. The Centre Interfacultaire de Droit, Ethique et Sciences de la Sante (CIDES) is an interdisciplinary center in bioethics and the ethics of health care that seeks to integrate scientific, legal and ethical perspectives. CIDES has three main objectives, namely:
- Providing health care professionals (doctors, nurses, paramedics, etc.) information about ethical guidelines of their respective practices
- Providing students in science and medicine with tools and skills to critically examine and respond to the ethical challenges arising in their disciplines
- To assist the general public in reflection on ethical issues arising from advances in biotechnology, particularly in relation to health care
During the years 2008-2012, scholars and professionals from Francophone Africa will conduct intensive bioethics capacity-building activities at CIDES under the guidance of its director, Professor Laurent Ravez.
Besides mentoring incoming Francophone African scholars in Belgium, Professor Ravez has participated in capacity-building workshops on teaching bioethics, clinical ethics, and public health ethics in DR Congo and Madagascar, as well as helped design the curriculum for the MPH with concentration in bioethics at the KSPH. His CIDES colleagues Albert Fox and Claire Rommelaere -- experts in medical law and ethics -- helped to draft a patient's rights charter and supporting legal texts during recent workshop in Kinshasa in January 2012.
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Institut National de Sante Publique et Communitaire (INSPC), Antananarivo, Madagascar
The INSPC is the primary institution for public health education, research and practice in Madagascar. Under the leadership of its director-general, Justin Rasolofomanana Ranjalahy, the INSPC has as its stated mission:
- To educate public and community health personnel
- To ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired can be immediately implemented in function of Madagascar's health needs
- To assure the personal development of its clients
- To offer organizational support for public health activities
The INSPC offers diplomas in Special Studies in Public Health, Hospital Administration, Echography, Essential Surgery, Acupuncture, Traditional Medicine, Nursing and Paramedical Sciences, Nursing and Anesthesia/Reanimation, Nutrition, Hygiene and Sanitation, and Optometry.
In collaboration with UNC and CIDES, the INSPC has established a bioethics unit and held a series of workshops on public health ethics, research ethics, and medical ethics. The bioethics unit includes an independent workspace and a small library of bioethics articles and books. The bioethics unit is tasked with the development of curricula and its integration into the various diploma programs of the INSPC, raising awareness of bioethics issues among faculty and students, and conducting independent scholarship.