Report of Kastina State Ethics Committee Training

West African Bioethics Training Program and Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria; Maternal Newborn and Child Health Initiative (PRRIN MNCH) organized 3 day training on Modern Research Ethics for members of research ethics committee of Kastina State.

The training took place on 29th to 31st March, 2011 at Nassarawa Guest House Conference Hall, Kano. There were 17 participants in attendance (11 Male and 6 Females).

On 29th March, the Workshop took off at about 9:20 am with Majority of the participants in attendance. The other participants came in a little later and soon unified in the participation. Dr. Godwin Afenyadu – the coordinator PRRIN MNCH in Kano took the introduction of participants and facilitators. There was a 20 minutes Pre-test of Human Research protection to ascertain the participant’s knowledge of protection of research participants. The first lecture for the first day of the training was on History of Bioethics which was delivered by Dr. A.S. Jegede. The other two lectures for the day were Legal Philosophical and Moral Foundation of Modern Bioethics, delivered by Dr. B. O. Faneye and Protection of researchers and research participants, community engagement by Dr. A.S. Jegede.
The participants attest that the training was educative and informative. They requested for local examples on History of Bioethics and misconduct. They also requested for case studies in local context.

The workshop continued with both morning and afternoon session in the other two days. Each day started with the recap of the previous day. The participants rated the facilitators very good for their presentations of the second and third days. The participants found review of protocol interesting as they all contributed to the review and asked for more reviews each day of the training. The participants found the workshop extremely useful to them and will recommend the workshop to their colleagues.

Fourteen participants took the pre-test with a mean score of 7.57 while 18 participants took the post test with a mean of 8.44