Division of Medical Ethics and Law


​9th Annual ARESA Research Ethics Seminar - 16 - 17 September 2021

Ethical challenges raised by COVID-19 in Southern Africa

Plenary session 1: Ethical challenges with COVID-19 research

Ethical issues in public health emergency research in South Africa: The case of COVID-19
A/Prof Theresa Burgess, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Conducting research on COVID-19 during the pandemic: a clinician/researcher perspective
A/Prof Brian Allwood, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Experiences of Malawian REC members and Administrators in reviewing research protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic
Francis Masiye, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Malawi Tiwonge Mtande, Malawi


Chair: Prof Keymanthri Moodley - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
A/Prof Theresa Burgess - University of Cape Town, South Africa
A/Prof Brian Allwood - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Francis Masiye Malawi - University of Science & Technology
Tiwonge Mtande - Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Plenary session 2: Public health challenges on the African continent during COVID-19


Impact of vaccine passports on LMICs during a public health emergency
A/Prof Stuart Rennie, Centre for Bioethics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA 


Health system responses and ethical challenges to the health needs of refugees: the case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia
A/Prof Victor Chalwe University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia 


COVID-19 vaccine uptake challenges in Kenya
Prof Walter Jaoko, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Chair: Dr Lulu Nair - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
A/Prof Stuart Rennie - UNC-Chapel Hill, USA
A/Prof Victor Chalwe - University of Zambia, Zambia
Prof Walter Jaoko - University of Nairobi, Kenya

Plenary session 3: Regulatory and Guideline Updates: POPIA and SAGCP 2020


Protection of Personal Information Act : how does POPIA impact on research during a pandemic?
Prof Jerome Singh, University of Toronto, Canada and University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa


Challenges to biobanking in LMICs during COVID-19: time to reconceptualise research ethics guidance for pandemics and public health emergencies?
Prof Shenuka Singh, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa


Dissemination and return of results of research: protecting personal information
A/Prof Joseph Ochieng, Makerere University, Uganda


SAGCP 2020: Whats new?
Dr Gonasagrie (Lulu) Nair, Centre for Medical Ethics & Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Chair: Prof Theresa Burgess - University of Cape Town, South Africa
A/Prof Joseph Ochieng - Makerere University, Uganda
Prof Jerome Singh - University of Toronto & UKZN, South Africa
Prof Shenuka Singh - University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Dr Lulu Nair - Stellenbosch University, South Africa