Tanzania: UDSM, Norway Agency to Address Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practices

THE University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in collaboration with Norway’s Centre for Medical Ethics is undertaking a capacity building training of ethicists and healthcare professionals aimed at addressing ethical dilemmas in clinical practices.

Through the Enhancing Ethics and Integrity in Medical Research and Clinical Practice (ETHIMED) project that runs from 2022 – 2026, funded by NORPART (Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation) called for handling daily ethical dilemmas emerging in clinical practices.

The project is being implemented by UDSM through the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway through the Centre for Medical Ethics and the University of Rwanda to address the emerging challenges in the areas.

Speaking here yesterday, UDSM’s Head of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dr Michael Lyakurwa expressed the need to incorporate clinical ethics courses into the educational curriculum in health and allied science programmes.

Dr Lyakurwa said under the project, ETHIMED are creating a train-the-trainer programme on clinical ethics, training health practitioners and faculty members in Rwanda and Tanzania in a moral deliberation model, establishing a clinical ethics committee and developing a manual for clinical ethics committees in the country.

He said UDSM’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies in collaboration with clinical ethics experts from the University of Oslo have organised a clinical ethics training programme for healthcare professionals in the country.