Mr. Bornwell Sikateyo

2004 Trainee

Dr. Sikateyo is a Director for the Research Resource Centre (RSC) of the Southern Africa Consortium for Research Excellence (SACORE) at the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia. Prior to this appointment he was a Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Specialist at the Central Board of Health in Zambia where he was the national focal point person for research and helped establish the National Health Research Ethics Committee (NHREC).

He earned his Bachelor of Science with Education (BSc. Ed) at the University of Zambia and his Post Graduate Diploma and Masters of Science in Applied Information Technology (MSc) at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels in Belgium. He earned a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in biomedical research ethics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) under the University of London.

Dr. Sikateyo’s interest in research ethics has been a result of his previous position at the Central Board of Health where he has witnessed the miscommunications that occur during recruitment for research studies. However, although ethics issues might be posed philosophically, from his experience as a researcher, he was of the view that they are questions that could not be addressed in the abstract. He is committed to restoring the integrity of health related research studies by ensuring that the dignity and health of participants is preserved and certifying that the study provides useful knowledge that will improve human welfare. Therefore, for his PhD he developed a study that would help to illuminate these ethical tensions in order to give empirical texture to the philosophical themes. In so doing, he hoped that his study would point to the potential gaps in the logic of ethical reasoning.

Following his recent appointment at the RSC, Dr. Sikateyo has been mandated to establish a Bioethics Unit in the Department of Public Health at the University of Zambia, where he is also an Honorary Lecturer of biostatistics epidemiology and research ethics. The Bioethics Unit is being established under the section of Health Policy & Management. As a step towards this process, Dr. Sikateyo joined the School of Medicine immediately as an Honorary Lecturer in addition to his responsibilities at SACORE and is in the process of locating grants and faculty that could support this process. The University of Zambia has decided to increase annual enrolment in the Department of Public Health by about 100% this year which will bring the annual total of students who need ethical guidance to 62 coupled with the PhDs that are already enrolled.

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