Posts Tagged ‘Kenya’


Mobile phone technologies improve adherence to antiretroviral treatment in a resource-limited setting: a randomized controlled trial of text message reminders

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Assessing the Readability of Non-English-Language Consent Forms: The Case of Kiswahili for Research Conducted in Kenya.

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Ms. Caroline Kithinji

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nairobi, Ms. Kithinji employed her knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology in conducting trypanosomiasis research at the Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute. In the course of her twelve years of trypanosomiasis research, she attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she received a Masters of Science in Medical Parasitology.


Through her experience as a medical researcher, Ms. Kithinji was exposed to a host of bioethics issues arising from international research collaboration. She found that many ethical review boards were compelled to approve proposals with little or no recourse as to how the study wou ld actually be conducted. Also, she witnessed a lack of bioethics knowledge on the part of principle investigators and research participants.


In May of 2004, Ms. Kithinji joined the Ethical Review Committee (ERC) in the Research and Development Department of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). While at KEMRI, Ms. Kithinji has initiated a post-approval monitoring program, developed a digital database of Ethical Review Committee documentation, and played a key role in the development of a com prehensive Intellectual Property Policy for the Institute.


Ms. Kithinji intends to use the skills she takes away from the Training Program to transform the ERC into a center of bioethics excellence for the Great Lakes region. Towards this goal, she wishes to expand and train the ERC’s skilled staff base, introduce research tracking mechanisms and monitoring systems, and develop a method by which dissemination of ERC materials will create awareness in the population of potential research subjects.
rckithinji@gmail.com

Dr. Duncan Ngare

Thursday, July 12th, 2001

Dr. Ngare (deceased) was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. He received his BA in Sociology from Nairobi University in 1981, his MPH from UCLA in 1987 and his DrPH from UCLA in 1990. He was responsible for several undergraduate and graduate courses that include strong research and ethics components including, ‘Behavioral Sciences and Ethics: Medical Sociology, Research and Professional Ethics,’; ‘Research Methodology,’ and ‘Bioethics.’ His recent research focused on Vitamin A deficiency among pre-school childlren, the prevalence of malnutrition in Kenya, predictors of low birthweight and Vitamin A deficiency. He has conducted consultancies related to community-based growth-monitoring projects, home-based care for AIDS patients in Mombasa and the evaluation and implementation of code of breastmilk substitutes in Kenya. He was a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Research and Ethics Committee (IRB) and Chair of the Postgraduate Studies Committee. Dr. Ngare’s practicum involved conducting a “situation analysis” of IRBs in Kenya and interviewing members of Kenyan IRBs.