Posts Tagged ‘Zambia’

‘Rumours’ and clinical trials: a retrospective examination of a paediatric malnutrition study in Zambia, southern Africa

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Barriers to initiation of antiretroviral treatment in rural and urban areas of Zambia: a cross-sectional study of cost, stigma, and perceptions about ART

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Mr. Derrick Elemu

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Mr. Derrick Elemu joins the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program from Lusaka, Zambia, where he is a lecturer on research methods in social sciences at the University of Zambia. Mr. Elemu received a Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Studies and Economics from the University of Zambia, and obtained a Master’s degree in Developmental Studies, with specialization in Politics of Alternative Development Strategies, Alternative Research Methods and Gender from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands.

Mr. Elemu is interested in strengthening the application of ethics in both social science and biomedical research practice in Zambia. He hopes that his training at Johns Hopkins will provide him with the knowledge and understanding necessary to develop a research ethics course at the University of Zambia. Mr. Elemu brings to the program a strong background in social science research, and has participated in a number of research studies, particularly those relating to HIV/AIDS, that have had major implications for ethics and the protection of human subjects.

Ms. Juliet Katoba Ndhlovu

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Ms. Juliet Katoba Ndhlovu joins the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program from Lusaka, Zambia where she worked as a Research Associate with the Kaposi Sarcoma-associated Herpes-virus (HHV-8) study in the Department of Paediatric and Child Health, University of Zambia (UNZA). She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Zambia, and completed her MPhil in Health Sciences – Infectious Diseases at the University of Bergen in Norway.  Juliet’s interaction with researchers and research participants initially ignited her interest in research ethics.

She has experience in counselling and testing HIV/AIDS patients in Zambia and is particularly interested in the intersection of bioethics and paediatric HIV/AIDS research. She has explored this issue both in her studies and while teaching courses in research methods and bioethics through the UNZA Department of Community Medicine. Juliet looks forward to being more intimately involved in research ethics at her home institution after her training at Johns Hopkins.

Mr. Musonda Simwinga

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Mr. Musonda Simwinga graduated from the University of Zambia with a Bachelor degree in Public Administration and Development Studies. He then went on to complete a Masters in Policy Studies through the Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies in Zimbabwe.

As the Study Manager for the Zambia and South Africa TB and AIDS Reduction (ZAMSTAR) Study, Mr. Simwinga manages a large team of intervention field worker s and is in charge of the day to day running and logistics of the study. He has been instrumental in the research ethics training of study staff members and has also worked to establish Community Advisory Boards (CABs) in all the study sites.

Mr. Simwinga looks forward to the Program, which he believes will greatly help him in designing appropriate training and capacity building activities for the Community Advisory Boards (CABs) he has helped establish in Zambia. Mr. Simwinga also intends to apply for a PhD with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to examine the question of when and how CABs can become true representatives of the communities they serve. Thus, Mr. Simwinga also hopes the Training Program will provide him with a good opportunity to further develop his research question.

Mr. Bornwell Sikateyo

Monday, July 12th, 2004

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.