Posts Tagged ‘Dimpho Njadingwe’

A case study of researchers’ knowledge and opinions about the ethical review process for research in Botswana

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Abstract Most countries, including Botswana, have established Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to provide oversight of research involving human beings. Although much has been published on the structure and function of IRBs around the world, there is less literature that empirically describes the perspectives of stakeholders in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings regarding IRB processes. In this study, we employed primarily quantitative methods to examine the perceptions of researchers at the University of Botswana (UB) about the review of research protocols by local IRBs. Data were collected using a web-based survey (SurveyMonkey). This was a preliminary effort to document some of the emerging experiences of researchers with ethics review in a context where both research and research oversight are relatively new. Findings from 85 researchers indicate that researchers recognized the need for an IRB to review all human research protocols, expressed the need for research ethics training, experienced high rates of approval at government ministries and UB, and generally believed that ethics review processes can help researchers themselves better understand and appreciate research ethics in general. Though only about one-quarter of respondents reported a more positive view of research ethics after interacting with the UB IRB, 56.5 percent reported no change. In contexts where IRBs have recently been established, it can be particularly important to document the perspectives of researchers in order to align expectations with capabilities, and identify areas where IRBs can improve operations. Future efforts to advance research ethics and ethical review in Botswana should include establishing research ethics training requirements and courses for researchers, increasing investment in IRBs and their training, further developing institutional and national research ethics policies, and formalizing agreements between IRBs and others involved in research oversight in the country to support coordinated review.

FABTP alumni reunite at 2016 World Congress of Bioethics

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The International Association of Bioethics (IAB) hosted the 13th World Congress of Bioethics in Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2016. The 2016 theme was: Individuals, Public Interests and Public Goods: What is the Contribution of Bioethics? Nine Fogarty alumni and affiliates attended the biennial conference and a number of them presented their research during the three-day event. The Fogarty alumni and coordinators who attended include: Joe Ali, Nicola Barsdorf, Mary Kasule, Paulina Tindana, Chris Mweemba, Dimpho Ralefala, Aminu Yakubu, Godfrey Tangwa, and Francis Masiye. The 2016 themes for the IAB’s World Congress were: Art and Ethics; Individuals, Public Interests and Public Goods; Public Health, Ethics and Law; and, of particular interest to Fogarty alumni, Global Bioethics. The next meeting of the IAB World Congress will be in 2018 in New Delhi, India.


Promoting Research Integrity in Africa: An African Voice of Concern on Research Misconduct and the Way Forward

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Ms. Dimpho Njadingwe

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Ms. Dimpho Njadingwe, is an Institutional Review Board (IRB) Assistant in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), University of Botswana (UB). She received a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with specialization in Geography, both from the University of Botswana.  Dimpho’s main role in the UB IRB involves the processing of research proposals submitted to the IRB by UB staff, students and other persons affiliated with UB.  Dimpho also directly participates in the review of research proposals submitted by undergraduate students. She also assists as a liaison in the processing of Government Research Permits with various Government Ministries.

Dimpho has a keen interest in the operations of IRBs. She would like to learn more about the IRB, its functions and the application of ethical principles in research so she can become more confident in her service to the UB research community inclusive of academic staff, students and UB affiliates.  She hopes to increase her knowledge of Research Ethics and integrate it into her work as a way of improving the service provided by the UB IRB to the institution and to the research community. The FABTP experience will also put her in a better position to participate more effectively in the strengthening of Research Ethics and oversight at the University of Botswana in line with UBs Research Strategy. She hopes that her training at JHU will additionally prepare her for the role of coordinating future partnerships and a planned UB Centre for Bioethics.