Selected annotated links
The number of websites devoted to bioethics and research ethics seems to be rapidly expanding. So rather than attempt to provide an extensive list, we have selected a number of websites that, in different ways, provide interesting news, relevant information or inspiring commentary that weave together concerns about social and global justice, bioethics and research ethics in sub-Saharan Africa and the developing world.
Located in Zimbabwe, Equinet is the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa. The organization is dedicated to the values of equity and social justice in health, offers training and grants, and consistantly produces high quality public health policy documents.
In 1990, the Commission on Health Research for Development estimated that less than 10% of the global health research resources were being applied to the health problems of developing countries, which accounted for over 90% of the world’s health problems. The Global Forum for Health Research aims to do something about it.
Pambazuka news is a no-nonsense African social justice newsletter. Its commentators offer powerful Afro-centred perspectives on a wide variety of topics, including international trade relations, human rights, health, gender and poverty.
The mission of the Science and Development Network (or SciDev.net) is to enhance the provision of reliable and authoritative information on science- and technology-related issues that impact on the economic and social development of developing countries. Of particular interest: the dossier on developing world research ethics.
The beautiful West African Bioethics website is run by the University of Ibadan (Ibadan, Nigeria) whose bioethics project is funded by the Fogarty International Center. The program concentrates on bioethics training for West African health care professionals and the strengthening of the ethical review of research in West Africa. Check out the regularly updated News and Events webpages.
AllAfrica.com is the largest electronic distributor of African news and information worldwide, and
one of the largest internet content websites in the world, posting over 1000 stories daily in English and French. Of particular interest are the pull-down menus allowing users to search topics such as health, AIDS, women, human rights and trade.
In 1978, 134 governments around the world made a committment to the human right to health by signing the Atma Ata Declaration. Since then, health inequities have increased, due in large part to unjust international trade agreements and the corporate interests they serve. The People's Health Movement seeks to remind, in no uncertain terms, governments of their obligations toward global health.
PLoS Medicine is an electronic journal that publishes peer-reviewed articles and commentaries in all disciplines, including bioethics and research ethics. It transcends the parochialism of conventional medical journals in two ways: by its focus on the global burden of disease, and by being a non-subscription, open-access journal available to anyone with an internet connection.
The University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases reflects the UNC-Chapel Hill's growing interest in and commitment to global health, including questions about responsible research and public health practice. The Institute, which includes world experts in infectious disease, focuses on global health research, teaching and service in three regions of the world: Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.