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International Women’s Day: NHVMAS calls for action on adolescents’ reproductive health, rights


A group, New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), in commemorating the International Women’s Day, has called on all stakeholders engaged with family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the HIV and AIDS response in Nigeria, to join forces to press for change in the way adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and right

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa


At the just-concluded 2018 Partners Forum that held from February 13 -15, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg, South Africa, participants were taken through an Advocacy 001 class. The lecture sounded very much like what advocacy should be – planned, with timelines and targets, adequately funded with measureable targets. Sadly, the history of HIV and AIDS

No dicks in the Ring: A few experiences about the microbicide ring study


At the 2018 Partners Forum held on the 13th to 15th of February, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg, South Africa, Lisa Rossi of the Microbicide Trials Network and Leonard Solai of the International Partnership for Microbicides led a session discussing about the microbicide ring study with participants. Read Article

Why clinical trials should prioritize community engagement


While the training meetings for the Ethics Committees members in West Africa on Emerging and Re-emerging infectious diseases epidemics which held in Senegal between the September 23 and 27, 2017, may have come and gone, many of the outcomes of the discussions leave resounding echoes. And some of these echoes were reiterated during the 2017

Why civil society must be more involved in activities of institutional review boards in West Africa


The Network for Ethics Committees operating in West Africa, at the conclusion of its meeting held last September 25th to 27th,  reached a consensus that civil society organizations need to be more involved in the activity of the Institutional Review Board. This recommendation followed extensive discussions and deliberations on the important role the layperson on ethics

How do you determine compensation for research participation?


In answering the question of how to determine compensation for research participation, the onus lies on institutional review boards to determine the appropriateness of compensations for injury suffered during research participation. This injury may be physical, financial, emotional or social. Often times, research make compensations for financial loss resulting from time spent on the research.

Research is not an emergency


Research is not an emergency. This must be clearly understood. While infectious disease epidemics require emergency response, research conducted during emergencies may need to be fast-tracked. However, all due diligence for proper review of the protocol needs to be maintained. This is important as the study participants and the communities are important and all efforts

International research: How competent are local investigators named as collaborators?


Countries in West Africa often require that international researchers have local investigators collaborators as co-researchers for many good reasons. The local investigator can help ensure the design of the study is culturally sensitive and locally appropriate. The investigator also gains knowledge and skills that can be used for planning and conduct of locally-relevant research. The

Should researchers be trained on health politics?


At the venue of the ongoing training on Protection of human research participants and responsible conduct of research organized by the National Health Research Ethics Committee for 15 researchers of the MGIC, Abuja, Professor Kola Oyedeji of the University of Lagos identified the need for researchers to be trained on health politics. Professor Oyedeji identified

Marathoners storm Osun for Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon on Feb. 4


The town is planning feverishly to host the multiple marathoners who would be gracing the occasion. These include Professor Klaus Wesphal – a professor of Medicine – from Germany. He once held the record of running marathons in the most number of countries in the world. He is planning to include Nigeria as one of

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