Fortalecimento dos Comités de Bioética nos Países Africanos de Lingua Portuguesa

Translated title of the contribution: Strengthening Bioethics Committees from Portuguese Speaking African Countries

João Schwalbach, Esperança Sevene , Ema Fernandes, Isabel Araújo , Helena Pereira de Melo, Amilcar Silva, Emanuel Catumbela, Jahit Sacarlal , J Seixas, Maria Chimpolo, Rassul Nala, Tazi Maria, Z Hartz, MR Martins

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In the last decade, in Lusophone African countries, like in other countries from Africa, health research has increased and in response Research Ethics Committees have been established namely in Universities, Research Centers and Ministries of Health. But these committees 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. The aim the north-south LusoAfro-Bioethics initiative, financed by EDCTP, is to strength capacity for health research ethics review in African portuguese speaking countries. More specifically, the objectives are: to improve institutional and personnel capacities of Angola, Cape-Verde and Mozambique ethics committees; 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, Protocol Review and international regulatory ethical and legal norms and standards and finally to promote the establishment of University of Cape Verde Institutional Review Board. The actions developed under this initiative aimed to develop robust capacities for ethical review of clinical research in Sub-Saharan African portuguese speaking countries.
Translated title of the contributionStrengthening Bioethics Committees from Portuguese Speaking African Countries
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)S105-S107
Number of pages3
JournalAnais do Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical
Issue numberSupl. 2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Bioethics
  • partnership
  • health research
  • bioethics commitees
  • network
  • training


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