This website will provide you with information about our bioethics training project, Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health. The project is financially supported by the Fogarty International Center of the NIH, and our collaborating partners are the Centre Interdisciplinaire Droit, Ethique et Sciences de la Sante (Namur, Belgium), the Kinshasa School of Public Health (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo) and the Institut National de Sante Publique et Communautaire (Antananarivo, Madagascar).
The overall aim of our project is to enhance bioethics education, research and capacity for ethical review of health-related research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Francophone Africa.
A select group of Congolese scholars have been trained in research and medical ethics in Namur and UNC-Chapel Hill, and then returned to Kinshasa to create a new bioethics center at the Kinshasa School of Public Health. The Center is named Centre Interdisciplinaire de Bioethique pour L'Afrique Francophone or CIBAF.
The new bioethics center at the Kinshasa School of Public Health aims to have local, regional and international impact. Its tasks include integrating courses of biomedical and research ethics into the MPH degree program at the Kinshasa School of Public Health, providing bioethics workshops for regional health centers, establishing a bioethics research resource center, offering bioethics consultation to health organizations, and conducting independent bioethics research.
In addition, scholars from Madagascar have received bioethics training in Namur, Chapel Hill, South Africa and Toronto, and a bioethics unit has been established at the INSPC. The unit seeks to integrate bioethics related-content into existing public health courses and to raise awareness of bioethical issues more generally among health professionals and laypersons in Madagascar.
The funding for this Fogarty bioethics capacity-building project was renewed in 2008. Our project is now focused on consolidating bioethics-related activities at CIBAF in the DR Congo and expanding its reach to neighboring countries, in particular the Republic of Congo, Burundi and Madagascar. We will be inviting scholars from these countries to Chapel Hill and Belgium, and conducting research ethics training activities in Francophone Africa.
Besides highlighting our project, this website aims to raise awareness of global bioethical issues and foster dialogue about the ethical conduct of research in developing countries. Visit and contribute to our bioethics blog, which offers bioethics news and commentary focusing on the developing world.
To find further information on our project, click on the Congolese postage stamps located on the bottom of each webpage, such as the one below:
Background: why bioethics for Francophone Africa?