Ethics, COVID-19 & Africa

The goal of this podcast series is to explore, from an African perspective, the ethical challenges facing government, institutions, researchers, and the public as we collectively manage the COVID-19 pandemic.  Particular ethical dimensions to be explored are:

  • Managing COVID and non-COVID research during pandemic
  • Disproportionate and differential impact of the outbreak and associated control measures
  • Managing limited disease prevention and treatment resources
  • Public engagement and communication
  • Obligations of national and international stakeholders
  • Implications of efforts to ramp up digital/mobile phone-based surveillance and intervention
  • Returning to “normal”

ethical aspects of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 research during the pandemic

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Joe Ali, JD
Joseph Ali, JD
Associate Director for Global Programs; Core Faculty; Assistant Professor


Yimtubezinash Woldeamanuel Mulate, MD, MSc, PhD

Yimtubezinash Woldeamanuel Mulate, MD, MSc, PhD
Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dr. Yimtu Woldeamanuel Mulate is Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. She served for two terms as Head of Department of Microbiology. In addition to her duties as lecturer and researcher at AAU, Dr. Woldeamanuel currently serves as a co-Chair in two IRBs in Addis Ababa.  Dr. Woldeamanue has a diverse background in infectious disease research mainly focusing on the diagnosis of infectious diseases; hospital acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance.  She is involved in several collaborative research groups, among which is The Center for innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa) which is a semi-autonomous, World Bank supported regional center of excellence for education and research that seeks to support equitable access to interventions (Medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other interventions) and bring about sustainable development in Africa through high quality capacity development for novel therapeutic discoveries supported by clinical trials.

Sody Munsaka, Sc, MSc, PhD

Sody Munsaka, Sc, MSc, PhD
University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Dr. Sody M. Munsaka is a Neuroimmune and Infectious Diseases Scientist working as a Lecturer and Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Zambia, School of Health Sciences. He also serves as Acting Dean of the School of Health Sciences. His research interest is in Patho-immune mechanisms of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and interactions with drug abuse and other infectious diseases including malaria and tuberculosis. He is also involved in a research project to evaluate correlates of immune dysfunction in HIV- and HHV-8-infected patients. He graduated from the University of Zambia (BSc-Biological Sciences, Microbiology major), and the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (MSc and PhD in Biomedical Sciences-Tropical Medicine). Dr. Munsaka also completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience (Neuroimmune Pharmacology) from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Medicine Neuroscience and Magnetic Resonance Research programme.

Paulina Onvomaha Tindana, BA, MHS, PhD

Paulina Onvomaha Tindana, BA, MHS, PhD
University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Dr. Paulina Tindana is a Senior Lecturer and Bioethicist at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. Before she joined the faculty in 2018, she was a Deputy Chief Health Research Officer at the Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service in northern Ghana where she worked for over 20 years conducting social science research and supporting the research ethics review process, training research ethics committees and community engagement activities. Her teaching and research focus on the ethical, social, cultural and policy implications of international collaborative research, particularly the practical ethical issues arising in genetic/genomic research, informed consent, ethics review, community engagement strategies in global health research and health systems research ethics. She has published extensively on these topics and contributed to several international and Consortia ethics guidelines such as the H3Africa informed consent guidelines, community engagement guidelines, Feedback of Findings Policy and Framework on Best Practices in Genomics and Biobanking in Africa.