Research bioethics in the Ugandan context: a program summary

J Law Med Ethics. 1996 Spring;24(1):47-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720x.1996.tb01832.x.


PIP: A 5-day symposium on bioethical principles governing clinical trials was held in Jinja, Uganda in September 1994. The 13 attending male and female participants were ethicists, physicians, researchers, and pharmacists who had all conducted research themselves. The Ugandan Ministry of Health, Makerere University, the Uganda AIDS Commission, Uganda's National Council of Science and Technology, and the National Chemotherapeutic Laboratory were represented. The workshop was held as the first step toward examining Uganda's system of bioethical review; the applicability of the principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice to biomedical research in Uganda; and strategies for the further development of a Ugandan code of research bioethics. The participants concluded that while the principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice are relevant to research in Uganda, their adoption and implementation must reflect the circumstances and cultural context which are unique to Uganda. The issues considered during the workshop are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Beneficence
  • Casuistry
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / standards*
  • Committee Membership
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Culture
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Ethical Review*
  • Ethics Committees, Research
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Government Regulation
  • HIV Infections*
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Research / standards*
  • Research Subjects
  • Social Justice
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Uganda
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration
  • Vulnerable Populations