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NCD Action Network

Global Network of those working in non-communicable diseases

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Bookmarked by Tamzin Furtado on 25 Jan 2012
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By Nov. 18--Call for Case Studies: Highlighting Delivery of Quality Care in the Developing World

The Alliance for Case Studies for Global Health is seeking case studies for the second edition of Case Studies for Global Health (2009), a publication that highlights a range of situations in which governments, public and private sector organizations and individuals work together to address global health challenges. Also included are steps for developing programs that fight worldwide diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria and dengue fever.
Submit your case study by Nov. 18, 2011. The second edition, scheduled for release in 2012, will include updates on approximately 20 studies published in the first edition.

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Bookmarked by Tamzin Furtado on 25 Oct 2011
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Article: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Maternal Health Guidelines in Burkina Faso, Ghana & Tanzania

This bookmark links to the Implementation Science article: ‘How to know what you need to do’: a cross country comparison of maternal health guidelines in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Tanzania'. The article looks at the guidelines for clinical research in each country and the barriers to these being used effectively in practice, and how the guidelines might be altered.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 8 Aug 2012
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Just Published: UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum Casebook Series

The Division of Ethics of Science and Technology is pleased to announce the following two recent publications in English produced as supplements to the UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum:

* Casebook on Human Dignity and Human Rights, and
* Casebook on Benefit and Harm.

The Core Curriculum, which was developed by a group of ethics teaching experts from diverse cultural backgrounds, is a key component of UNESCO’s strategy to promote high standards of bioethics education around the world. Based on the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005), it is designed to introduce the bioethical principles of the Declaration to university students. It does not impose a particular model or specific view of bioethics, but articulates ethical principles that are shared by scientific experts, policymakers and health professionals from various countries with different cultural, historical and religious backgrounds. In order to ensure a flexible application of this tool, the Curriculum invites teachers and students to expand its contents and approaches based on the local context.

The new casebooks are part of the UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum Casebook Series, designed to be used with the Core Curriculum, or as stand-alone study material for one of the bioethical principles in the Declaration. In order to encourage wide dissemination and usage of this series, the casebooks are freely available in hardcopy, in CD-ROM as well as for electronic download. These casebooks will also be translated into French soon.

If you would like to receive hardcopies and/or CD-ROMs of the casebooks, please send an email to with your mailing address and the number of copies of each item (subject to the availability of stock).

Electronic copies of the casebooks and the core curriculum are available for download as follows:

Casebook on Human Dignity and Human Rights (in English only):

Casebook on Benefit and Harm (in English only):

UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum Section 1 (Syllabus):






UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum Section 2 (Study Materials):

A new version of Section 2 will be launched in a separate announcement in the coming weeks.

Further study materials related to the Bioethics Core Curriculum and to ethics teaching in general could also be accessed from the Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs) Database on Resources in Ethics (

Please contact the Division for any questions, comments or feedback (email:

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Bookmarked by Dina Bogecho on 4 Aug 2011
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The Bioethics Unit, University of Stellenbosch and the Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina have been awarded a training grant from the Fogarty International Centre of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop the ARESA programme in southern Africa from 2011 to 2016. Each course consists of 3 two week modules and a research assignment. The first course will run from October 2011 to December 2012. Ten mid career professionals (7 from South Africa and 3 from neighbouring African countries) interested in working in the field of research ethics will be awarded scholarships to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics.

Specific Admission Requirements:

Prospective candidates must

• have a background indicating a significant interest in bioethics or research ethics.

• have a degree in health sciences, law, social sciences or the humanities, including philosophy

& theology.

• submit a letter of support from their home institution demonstrating institutional support &

explaining why the research ethics capacity-building of the applicant is important to the home


• be computer literate, have internet access and be fluent in spoken and written English.

In keeping with South African guidelines for diversity in REC membership, gender and race will be considered in selecting trainees.

Preference will be given to

• members of research ethics committees and regulatory agencies

• mature midcareer professionals who have research ethics experience

Closing date for admissions: 22 July 2011


Ms Meagan Van Ster

Secretary to Prof Keymanthri Moodley

Tel: (021) 938 9600.



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Bookmarked by Dina Bogecho on 4 Jul 2011
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