Bioethics in Kenya: Who is Interested in Certificate Courses

  • Joy Waiharo Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Caroline Kithinji Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Mercy Mwakisha Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Elizabeth Anne Bukusi, PhD Kenya Medical Research Institute
Keywords: Bioethics, Certificate Courses, Training, Participants, Kenya
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Inadequate training in matters of ethics renders health care providers unprepared for dilemmas faced in public health, research, and clinical practice. Certificate course training offer opportunities to gain more knowledge and skills on all matter ethics. Over the past decade, the increase in research activities in Kenya has not been proportionate to training in ethics. The centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC), Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Bioethics training Initiative (CK-BTI) is a Forgaty funded program for building capacity in research ethics for Kenya and Pakistan. This paper evaluates the characteristics of participants that attended the CK-BTI certificate level courses in Kenya between 2017 to 2021. This data was analysed for this paper and utilized information from the training application process. Between November 2017 and July 2021, a total of 1,359 applications were received and 457 (33.6%) trained. The target countries were Kenya and Pakistan but interest was drawn from Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, and Zambia. The continued interest in the certificate level ethics courses may imply a need to increase the number of ethics training offered within the East African region.


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14 January, 2022
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Waiharo, J., Kithinji, C., Mwakisha, M., & Bukusi, E. (2022). Bioethics in Kenya: Who is Interested in Certificate Courses. East African Journal of Health and Science, 5(1), 19-25.

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