Posts Tagged ‘Zambia’

FABTP awarded NIH G-11 grant for IRB strengthening in Zambia

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the FABTP and University of Zambia a G-11 grant to improve the University of Zambia Biomedical Research Ethics Committee(UNZABREC).  The project has the goal of Enhancing Management and Performance of the Office and Work of the Ethics committee for Research (EMPOWER) in Zambia.

The FABTP EMPOWER project to strengthen UNZABREC capacity in both ethical quality and administrative efficiency builds on and complements the strong research presence of Johns Hopkins University (JHU), not only in bioethics related collaborations but working on research projects more broadly in Zambia. There are at least eleven different HIV-related studies, and multiple additional studies on other topics, on which JHU collaborates with colleagues in Zambia. These studies each require efficient and high quality, local ethics review – a goal our Zambian colleagues agree is both critical but currently only variably realized.   There are three co-Principal Investigators (co-PIs) for this work: Drs. Nancy Kass and Adnan Hyder from JHU and Dr. Charles Michelo from UNZA. The three co-PIs will have shared responsibility for oversight of all aspects of training, capacity development and budget and will together serve as the Executive Committee for EMPOWER.

The NIH funding will allow the EMPOWER project to carry out several core program activities. EMPOWER will support one UNZABREC member or staff to attend a one month intensive program at JHU each year; this will be in addition to one person from UNZA supported by FABTP annually.  EMPOWER will also support system evaluation, seminars and webinars.


To What did They Consent? Understanding Consent Among Low Literacy Participants in a Microbicide Feasibility Study in Mazabuka, Zambia

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Dr. Gershom Chongwe

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Dr. Chongwe is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia. He has a medical and public health background and currently teaches quantitative research methods and basic epidemiology to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also currently enrolled in doctoral studies with the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. His thesis focuses on the immune responses of the gut in response to mycobacteria and its relationship with enteropathy.


Gershom has been involved in a number of clinical trials for new malaria drugs in Zambia. He has also monitored a multicenter clinical trial on behalf of the World Health Organization which took place in Tanzania and Zambia between 2008 and 2010. Over the past few years, he has been involved in operations research projects in collaboration with the national TB control program.


Gershom’s interest in research ethics arose during the time he served as the Secretary (administrator) for the TDRC Ethics Research Committee for four years. That experience broadened his understanding of the research setting, the roles of the different players and the challenges of conducting research in this environment. He hopes the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will deepen his understanding of research ethics and he has a strong desire to share the knowledge he gains from the training with both his colleagues and students. While participating in the program, he hopes to conduct a needs assessment of the existing ethics committees in Zambia with a view to improving their operations.

Effect of household and community interventions on the burden of tuberculosis in southern Africa: the ZAMSTAR community-randomised trial

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Community social support roles of trained traditional attendants in Chongwe district of Zambia

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Ms. Linda Kampata

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Ms. Kampata is a Staff Development Fellow for Bioethics and Health Promotion as well as a Grant Management Administrator in the Department of Public Health at the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. Linda has a clinical background, having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, along with numerous nursing certifications. More recently, Ms. Kampata completed her Master’s of Public Health degree at University of Zambia and is completing a Master’s degree in International Health through the University of Bergen, in Norway.

Linda has been involved in grant management for University of Zambia based USAID projects, imparting executive assistance in program management, as well as having a direct hand in updating and developing university curricula among a variety of public health programs. Linda was also personally involved in training rural based stakeholders in an effort to address the burden of HIV/AIDS in Lusaka and surrounding rural areas.

While participating as a Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program partner, Linda hopes to continue to strengthen her training in bioethics and to develop an assessment of the standard operating procedures of Institutional Review Boards in her country, as a means of helping to develop capacity nationally. Upon her return to Zambia, Ms. Kampata intends to work with University of Zambia officials, as well as local legislators, to inform both strong healthcare practice and policy. She also looks forward to sharing her new knowledge about research ethics with fellow researchers at UNZA as a way of strengthening institutional capacity.


Mr. Oliver Mweemba

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Mr. Mweemba is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health, in the School of Medicine at University of Zambia. He has a social science background and completed his Master of Philosophy in Health Promotion at the University of Bergen in Norway. He currently teaches health promotion, social medicine, and qualitative methods to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also currently enrolled in doctoral studies with Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His thesis focuses on the social construction of masculinity and male sexuality and the subsequent influence on vaginal microbicides acceptability.

Oliver has also been involved in HIV prevention research projects at both the national and international level, as a co-investigator and as a PI, many of which were multi-centers studies.  Other African country sites involved in the studies included Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. His most recent work aims “to determine the feasibility of conducting a microbicides trial of daily vaginal gel (HEC gel) and to inform the way adherence should be assessed.” He has also been a consultant on the Population Council’s study in Zambia on the impact of male circumcision on sexual behavior and condom use negotiations.

Mr. Mweemba has an interest in research ethics based on both his research and teaching experience. As a lecturer, Oliver often focuses on qualitative research methods, which demands extensive knowledge and continuous training in the field. While participating in the Johns Hopkins African Bioethics Training Program he hopes to continue to broaden his knowledge and skills in qualitative research as well as to evaluate new ways of effective public health communication.

Children’s role in enhanced case finding in Zambia

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Tuberculosis Infection in Zambia: The Association with Relative Wealth

Friday, July 8th, 2011