Documenting facilities and needs of ethics committees and implementing a training intervention to strengthen ethical review capacity in Central Africa. Funded by the EDCTP. P.I. Professor Godfrey B. Tangwa
EDCTPA number of organizations, national and international, have undertaken training and networking initiatives in order to address the problem of scarcity of adequate ethical review infrastructure in the Central African sub-region. In this project, the intention was to go one step back and examine the functioning of existing ethical review committees (ERCs) and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in Central Africa, through data collected from a survey. Analysis of the survey then provided evidence to build an intervention package for targeted training that will address the needs identified. Foremost, this project provided an opportunity to collect data on the current capacity of existing ERCs and IRBs in the Central Africa sub-region. The ensuing training program laid the foundation for enhancing the quality of health research ethics review as well as emphasize the duty of ERCs/IRBs to safeguard the dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of all actual or potential research participants. This project therefore aimedto create a favourable environment, in terms of protection of human research participants, for the conduct of health/clinical research in Central Africa.
Mapping African Research Ethics Capacity (MARC) project in Francophone Africa. Funded by the Council on Health Research For Development (COHRED) 2011-2012. Cordinator: Dr. Odile OuweMissiOukem Boyer.
The MARC project is aimed at creating a ‘sustainable, interactive and self-updating web based African map’ of Research Ethics Review and Drug regulatory Capacity. CAMBIN collaborated with the MARC project in extending the coverage of MARC to cover Francophone African countries
AMANET Sub-Hub Yaounde, Cameroon. (2007-2011). Project Coordinator: Professor Godfrey B. Tangwa
CAMBIN-EDCTP workshopBiomedical research in Africa, of which there is increasing incidence, is characterized by many ethical challenges, because a high disease burden, necessitating research, is matched by sundry vulnerabilities resulting from sundry factors. In this situation, health research ethics and supporting structures and institutions are an obvious necessity. The AMANET institutional capacities in health research ethics building project, aimed at strengthening institutional capacity in health research ethics (HRE) and the ethics review process across sub-Sahara Africa, so as to create an enabling research environment in the region with regard to intervention trials, to meet international ethical and Good Clinical Practices standards, directly addresses this need. The AMANET projectalso fostered and promoted discussion, and debate on Health Research Ethics from an African perspective, thereby creating and fostering an enabling environment for the flourishing of health research ethics in Africa. The project’s sub-hub in Yaounde, Cameroon, is particularly charged with this ancillary objective. In fulfilling it, the Sub-Hub acted as the meeting point and interface between Anglophone and Francophone Africa. The main goal and objective of the Sub-Hub was to act as the fulcrum and animator of a widely disseminated electronic discussion forum aimed at reflection, discussion and debate of ethical issues, particularly those directly relevant to or affecting Africa. The sub-hub liaised and worked directly with the ethics coordinator at the AMANET main secretariat in Dar-es-Salaam, and had the strategic task of translating packaged discussions and suggested solutions to problems and perplexities into French for wider dissemination via the AMANET, PABIN and other websites and electronic mailing lists.