The Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a Report, ‘The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries’, in April 2002. A follow-up workshop will be held in February 2004 to explore developments in this area since the publication of the report. The workshop, co-hosted by the South African MRC and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, will bring together researchers who are actively involved in externally-sponsored research related to healthcare in developing countries, for three days in Cape Town. The focus of the workshop will be to discuss and debate ethical and regulatory issues raised by new and recently revised guidelines and to identify obstacles to their effective implementation.
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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) based in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration with the University of Southampton are inviting nominations of senior social science or public health researchers to attend a workshop on research proposal development. The main objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of African scholars and institutions in developing good fundable proposals for scientific research.
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a Report, the ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries, in April 2002. The Report recommends that medical research in developing countries which is funded by organisations in wealthier countries is crucial but must be subject to rigorous ethical safeguards. The Report provides an ethical framework for anyone who is designing or conducting externally-sponsored research in the developing world. A follow-up Workshop will be held in February 2004 to explore developments in this area since the publication of the Report.
'Comparing the Copperbelt' is an ERC-funded research project, running at the University of Oxford from 2016-2020. The project aims to examine the Copperbelt (in both Zambia and the DR Congo) as a single region divided by a (post-)colonial border, across which flowed minerals, people and ideas. This workshop aims to bring together researchers on and in the Copperbelt region to share ideas on social, environmental and cultural history. Research papers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (history, anthropology, economics, etc.), approaches and regional focuses (both old and new mining regions) are welcomed. The workshop seeks to bring together academics, trade union leaders and environmental activists to foster discussions about the history and current condition of the Copperbelt region.
Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal, Durban, KZN, South Africa
The New England Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine International Training Program in Medical Informatics in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of Natal is hosting this intensive one week workshop. The workshop will be taught by faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Harvard Medical School, New England Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine (all in Boston, USA) and faculty from the University of Natal and the Medical Research Council of South Africa. This is an intensive 5-day workshop aimed at introducing participants to the major areas of medical informatics science through a series of lectures, lab session's and evening tutorials. Participants will be expected to have some basic computer skills (use of e-mail, Internet, word-processing etc). The workshop will attempt to focus on applications and examples with the potential to impact public health problems in sub-Saharan Africa. The course is being offered for 8 credits for students in the Master of Public Health degree program at the University of Natal. Students registering for credit will be charged a registration fee of South African Rand 350 and tuition of ZAR 520. It is also being offered for 8 credits for students who subsequently enter the new ITMI sponsored post-graduate degree program in Medical Informatics at the University of Natal, scheduled to begin in July 2002.
This is to provide advance notification that there will be an exciting workshop on the political economy of health on 8 July 2007 just before the iHEA conference in Copenhagen.
This brief describes the workshops offered at the 4th Public Health Association of South Africa conference, to be held at the Holiday Inn, Strand Street in Cape Town from the 2nd-4th June. Registration details are available at http://phasa2008.mrc.ac.za
"Leadership” will be the theme for the 2007/2008 World AIDS Day, the World AIDS Campaign announced. Promoted with the slogan, “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise,” (the World AIDS Campaign emphasis from 2005-2010) “leadership” will build on the 2006 World AIDS Day focus on accountability.
World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world. Between 2011-2015, World AIDS Days will have the theme of "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths". The World AIDS Campaign focus on "Zero AIDS related deaths" signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now. It is a call to honour promises like the Abuja declaration and for African governments to at least hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.
The decline in new HIV infections among adults has stalled. The UNAIDS Prevention gap report shows that worldwide an estimated 1.9 million adults have become infected with HIV every year for at least the past five years and that the number of new HIV infections is rising in some regions. The report shows that HIV prevention efforts must be reinvigorated if the world is to stay on the Fast-Track to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016, the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. Starting in September 2016, the campaign will offer people a space to express their views on what they think needs to be done to strengthen HIV prevention efforts. UNAIDS is asking people around the world to submit: A photograph of a word or short phrase written on the palm of their hand summarising what is needed to strengthen HIV prevention efforts, for example more condoms, empowerment, inclusion, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), rights for women and girls. People may also submit a short video message (maximum 30 seconds) explaining what in their view needs to be done to reduce new HIV infections in their community.