Project: Strengthening Bioethics Committees in Lusophone African Region

Acronym LusoAfro (Reference Number: CSA2016ERC-1423)
Duration 01/04/2018 - 31/03/2021
Project Topic In the last decade, in Lusophone African countries, like in other countries from Africa, health research has increased and in response Research Ethics Committees (REC) have been established namely in Universities, Research Centers and Ministries of Health. But RECs in these countries still face a serious lack of staff trained in research ethics, and the “language divide” is an important barrier faced by them, as the main ethics educational resources are only available in English. Being aware of these issues, and recognizing that although the strengthening of RECs is primarily a national issue, much can be gained by taking advantage of networking, the Mozambique National Bioethics Committee (CNBS), the University Eduardo Mondlane Faculty of Medicine at its Institutional Bioethics Committee (FM-UEM), the University Agostinho Neto Faculty of Medicine (FM-UAN) and its Independent Ethics Committee (Angola), the Cape Verde University (UniCV), the Institute de Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT) and the Faculty of Law (FL) from Nova University of Lisbon (Portugal), established a north-south consortium, in order to strength the ethical framework of African Lusophone Countries (ALC) to conduct clinical and health research. The aim of this proposal is to strength capacity for health research ethics review in ALC. More specifically the objectives are: to improve institutional and personnel capacities of the three African Lusophone Countries RECs; to enhance the efficiency of clinical/health research applications reviews; to promote collaborative/ networking activities in research ethics in Lusophone Countries; to share good practices on Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), Protocol Review and international regulatory ethical and legal norms and standards and to promote the establishment of University of Cape Verde Institutional Review Board. These objectives will be achieved by implementing several surveys, self-assessment tools and brainstorming; by promoting several training workshops; by developing online educational resources (courses) for research ethics in Portuguese; by establishing an online platform to link CNBS and NECs in Mozambique by the production of Guidelines and other documents in Portuguese to support RECs reviews; by creating a collaborative website in Portuguese where research ethics information will be available to all people (REC members, researchers, students and civil society) and where the main activities of RECs Network for Lusophone Africa will be shared, in line with recent Lusophone initiatives such as Malanje Declaration and Mozambique Letter. The main actions of this project aim to support sub-Saharan African Lusophone countries to establish and develop robust capacities for ethical review of clinical research.
Network EDCTP2
Call Ethics and regulatory capacities 2016

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Comité National d'Ethique pour la Recherche en Santé de Guinée Coordinator Guinea
2 Universidade Nova de Lisboa Partner Portugal
3 Universidade Agostinho Neto Partner Angola
4 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Partner Mozambique
5 Universidade de Cabo Verde Partner Cabo Verde