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kinchasa-school-of-public-healthThe Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health has renewed funding for Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health.

Co-principal investigators for this grant are Stuart Rennie of the UNC Center for Bioethics, and Frieda Behets of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The overall aim of the project is to enhance bioethics education, research and capacity for ethical review of health-related research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Francophone Africa.

A select group of Congolese scholars have been trained in research and medical ethics in Namur and UNC-Chapel Hill, and then returned to Kinshasa to create a new bioethics center at the Kinshasa School of Public Health. The Center is named Centre Interdisciplinaire de Bioethique pour L’Afrique Francophone or CIBAF.

The new bioethics center at the Kinshasa School of Public Health aims to have local, regional and international impact. Its tasks include integrating courses of biomedical and research ethics into the MPH degree program at the Kinshasa School of Public Health, providing bioethics workshops for regional health centers, establishing a bioethics research resource center, offering bioethics consultation to health organizations, and conducting independent bioethics research.

Grant number 4R25TW007098.