The 2012 FABTP partner institution is University of Zambia- School of Medicine (Department of Public Health).  Former 2004 FABTP trainee, Dr. Bornwell Sikateyo, will serve as the University of Zambia partnership director. Dr. Sikateyo is currently the director of the UNZA Research Support Centre (RSC) for the Southern Africa Consortium for Research Excellence (SACORE).  He will be supported in his efforts to lead the Zambian side of the FABTP partnership by interim Dean of the School of Medicine and Head of the Department of Public Health, Dr. Charles Michelo. This partnership will focus on University of Zambia’s commitment to creating a bioethics unit, while building capacity of staff in the public health department of the School of Medicine.

This capacity building partnership between University of Zambia (UNZA) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) allows for both one month and one year opportunities in research ethics training, along with in-country workshops, institutional consultations and evaluations, and longer-term mentorship for each of the trainees to support the sustainable growth of bioethics at UNZA.

Other previous FABTP-Zambian trainees who will be involved in partnership activities include Mr. Derrick Elemu (2009), Ms. Juliet Katoba Ndhlovu (2008), and Mr. Musonda Simwinga (2007). Mr. Elemu is completing his practicum project, evaluating the level and integration of ethics training in medical and health sciences institutions in Zambia, whereas Ms. Katoba Ndhlovu is exploring ethical issues relating to the exportation of biological samples from Zambia.  Mr. Simwinga’s practicum focused on the roles fulfilled by community advisory boards in Zambia and the function of community roles in research. Mr. Simwinga has also published research involving tuberculosis effects in Zambia, particularly in terms of children and wealth systems.

We look forward to a productive year with UNZA and are eager to collaborate with our former trainees and new colleagues!

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