The National Research Ethics Board (NREB), in partnership with the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) under the LiberHetica Project, conducted on 13th August 2021 a One-day Research Ethics Education Dissemination rollout Plan for Emergencies Preparedness during Disease outbreaks for the Management of Ethical Issues.
The NREB, as the national advisory institution responsible to regulate research ethics related activities in Liberia, has embarked on supporting institutional capacity strengthening framework in research ethics to create an awareness within our communities and to strive to protect the the people participating in research studies.
The NREB wants to create this awareness and strengthens the framework for research ethics at universities and institutions in Liberia that conduct studies on human subjects. Before we can engage in the proposed activities, we need to assess the capacities of the designated institutions through a capacity and institutional strengthening framework for the protection of human subjects.
Although one in Africa and the other in Europe, their common passion for ethics of health research involving humans has led them to get to know each other: they are Jemee Tegli (Coordinator in Liberia of the UL-PIRE-IRB and Coordinator also of the EDCTP-funded project LiberEthica) and Prof. Dominique Sprumont (Founder of Institute of Health Law, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and Coordinator of TRREE).
Their discussions will certainly succeed in strengthening the collaborations between Africa and Europe so that research meets highest standards of ethics and promotes the welfare of participants.
EUREC is a network that brings together already existing national Research Ethics Committees (RECs) associations, networks or comparable initiatives on the European level. The network promotes capacity building and assistance for local RECs to cooperate in the EU European Research Area. As an umbrella organization the network interlinks European RECs with other bodies relevant in the field of research involving human participants like the European Commission’s ethical review system and the European Medical Association (EMA). EUREC cooperates with organizations that support research ethics.
Proud to have Jemee Tegli (Project Coordinator of LiberHetica and UL-PIRE-IRB Coordinator) as speaker of the 2-days workshop on Research Ethics During Epidemics (2-3 December 2020), organized by PANDORA-id-NET, TESA and ALERRT, in collaboration with The Global Health Network TGHN.
The workshop informed the participants about some of the ethical challenges in conducting this research, covering 5 broad topics: Ethics of research in vulnerable populations, Community and stakeholder engagement, Informed consent in epidemic research, Biobanking during epidemics and Ethics review during epidemics.
The capacities strengthening at Liberian National Research Ethic Board – NREB continues tirelessly, as confirmed by the completion of a 3-day clinical research monitoring training course (16-18 October 2020) and the increased functionalities of the website www.nrebliberia.org
Proud to have Gloria Mason, Director for the Liberia National Ethics Review Board and member of the LiberHetica project in the panel of joint online seminars examining the GFBR (Global Forum on Bioethics in Research) and PHEPREN (Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Ethics Network) ethics recommendations in the context of data sharing and research response to COVID-19 pandemic. For more info + registration visit: https://bit.ly/2HF15No
From 2019 the LiberHetica project is strengthening the Liberian research ethics institutions, for the benefit of the public health research in Liberia. Nevertheless, the project activities are proceeding tirelessly as highlighted during the annual meeting held on the 1st October 2020, to which have participated the Liberian and European members of the project consortium. For the news release and further information click here.
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