The Center for Bioethics and Research supported by the European Development Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the European Union, organised the first phase of a 2 Month Online Blended Diploma Program in Research Ethics.for 11 members of different health research ethics committees in Nigeria. The Selection of committee members for the training was from the 6 geo political zones in Nigeria, and done by the National Health Research Ethics Committee ( NHREC) in line with set deliverables for the Deepening Research Ethics in Nigeria project. (DREIN).
The Diploma program is designed to improve the understanding of HREC members in the review of protocols and to advance the skills and resources of members of institutional research ethics committees in Nigeria.
Faculty members from the Center for Bioethics and Research (CBR) recorded audio-visual lectures based on graduate courses in research ethics at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and these were hosted on the Moodle Courseware platform of the Center for Bioethics and Research.
CBR administrators implemented the weekend retreat components of the Diploma in Research Ethics program.
Participants received online lectures of 4 weeks, and they had weekend chat sessions with CBR facilitators where they interacted with the faculty. The Weekend Chat sessions provided the opportunity for the participants to ask the faculty for clarity on aspects of the topics that were covered during the week. The first Month of the Blended diploma program had 4 weekend chat sessions preceding the retreat.
During the weekend retreat participants introduced themselves and provided brief descriptions of their primary assignments and the ethics committee that they belong to.
There was a review of lectures to begin the Weekend retreat, some of the lectures that were reviewed include; Introduction and History of Research Ethics, Ethical Principles for Review of Research Protocols, and Informed Consent. This was concluded with a question and answer session.
There was a Mock IRB session for participants to deliberate and decide on protocols that were submitted for Ethical approval. One of the Diploma participants was selected to lead the session by acting as Chair of the committee, deliberations were made on the following cases, Case Study 1: SARS and airplane passengers, and Case Study 5: Referral of severely ill children to hospital. CBR facilitators provided guidance and monitored the deliberation sessions.
There was a guest lecture on “Research Ethics Review in Nigeria: Taking it to the Next Level” delivered by Prof. Ade Malomo.
He spoke extensively about bridging the gap between the theoretical knowledge of Bioethics and its practise in everyday life, both in professional and personal settings.
Prof. Malomo highlighted the need to live by the learned ethical standards in professional circles. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session.
Participants were shown an NIH Mock IRB video on Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Mock IRB, 2016. This was interspersed with contributions from CBR facilitators to better explain certain aspects of the video.
Reviewing Ethical Processes, Privacy and Confidentiality was done on the last day of the retreat. Participants were informed about career opportunities within Nigeria and abroad at various levels in Bioethics.
There was a photo session at the end of the retreat and the list of participants that attended is as follows:
|Male||Consultant Family Physician.||Clinical consultations and training of resident doctors.|
|2||Ike, Godian Chiedozie||Male||Consultant Physician||Training, teaching, and supportive supervision of medical staff and students. Public health service delivery at ISTH, training and research.|
|3||Enemuo, Hyacinth Emeka||Male||Lecturer in Department of Medicine||Teaching medical students.|
|4||Abubakar, Jamda Mustapha||Male||Faculty, Community Medicine, University of Abuja||Teaching, research, and community service.
|5||Aji, Ali Sani||Male||Associate Professor||Lecturer in Surgery (Urology).|
|6||Maaji, Aliyu Theophilus||Male||Consultant and HOD of Ophthalmology||Provide eye care and oversee the department.|
|7||Salisu, Attahir Muhammad||Male||Administrative Officer||Administrative Secretary in charge of administrative works of ethical research committee.|
|8||Brooks, Asuquo Godwin||Male||Deputy Director/Head
(Research & Knowledge Management Division)
|Coordination of health researches in Nigeria; Providing Secretariat for both NHREC and NHRC.|
|9||Obi, Abrahams Felix||Male||Senior Program Officer – Healthcare Financing||Responsible for design and implementation of health financing reforms.|
|10||Abah, Ejembi Michael||Male||Scientific Officer||Coordination of researches in the country, treating memos.|
|11||Igbe, Adie Paul||Male||Administrative Officer||All administrative matters.|
|12||Salawu, Adeola Oluwakanyinsola||Female||Principal Research Fellow||Conduct and supervise research, teaching, project management and mentorship.|
|13||Adepoju, Grace Feyi||Female||Professor of Ophthalmology||Teaching, research, conducting examinations for medical students, resident doctors and clinical work.|
|14||Mamman, Indo Aisha||Female||Professor of Ophthalmology||Teaching Haematology and Blood Transfusion at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels|
|15||Chama, Mailaya Calvin||Male||Chief Consultant||Head of Department, Chairman Health Research Ethics Committee.|