Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health

The following grant was awarded by, is supported by, is administered by or is in partnership with the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Fogarty Program


Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health

Principal Institution

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Rennie, Stuart; Behets, Frieda M

Project Contact Information

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Epidemiology
CB 7435, McGavran-Greenberg
McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7435

Telephone: (919) 966-7440
Fax: (919) 966-2089

Year(s) Awarded


Collaborating Country

Democratic Republic of the Congo; Madagascar

NIH Partners


Project Description

This program will serve its mission to promote responsible research in DRC and in Francophone Africa by consolidating the Center Interdisciplinaire de Bioéthique pour l’Afrique Francophone (CIBAF) at the Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH) and by leveraging CIBAF’s resources to enhance ethics capacity locally, regionally and internationally.

The University of North Carolina (UNC) and KSPH will strengthen the foundation of CIBAF’s ongoing research, educational, consultation and network-building activities by broadening its current repertoire of research ethics, clinical ethics and public health ethics curricula; integrating ethics modules into a new MPH at KSPH with concentration in public health and bioethics; creating required research ethics modules for all doctorate degrees at KSPH; strengthening CIBAF members skills in grant and manuscript writing, research design methodology and English.

To expand ethics capacity regionally, workshops will be held in Brazzaville, Lubumbashi, and Antananarivo (Madagascar) on managing research ethics committees, research and medical ethics for clinicians, research ethics for students, public health ethics, teaching ethics and research integrity. Four fellowships for 6-months of mentored ethics research, social science methodology, IRB training and curriculum development at UNC will be offered to selected trainees. The program will also provide training and support for a new bioethics unit at the Institut Nationale de Sante Publique et Communautaire (INSPC) in Antananarivo.

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