BCA-WA-ETHICS I & II

Strengthening Research Capacities in West Africa

BCA-WA-ETHICS I

BCA-WA-ETHICS was launched in August 2019 and is funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) under grant number CSA2018ERC-2314. This capacity-building action is a cooperation between the University of Zaragoza in Spain, the Senegalese Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF), and the Ministry of Health and Social Action of Senegal.

BCA-WA-ETHICS aims to improve the capacities and skills of scientists members of West African National Research Ethics Committees to mainstream a gender perspective in their institutions' research evaluation and inspection mandate. To achieve this main aim, BCA-WA-ETHICS will capacitate and empower the Senegalese National Health Research Ethics Committee (CNERS) to become agent of change in the application of gendered perspectives in social and health research in West Africa. By incorporating gender mainstreaming in its governance and its review and inspection processes, the CNERS can take the lead as a National Ethics Committee pursuing gender equality and promoting means of achieving it across West Africa.

Coordinator: Dr. Guillermo Z. Martínez-Pérez (Mail: gmartinez@unizar.es)

Duration: August 2019 - July 2021

Funder: European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Amount: 299,909.00 €

BCA-WA-ETHICS II

BCA-WA-ETHICS II was launched in April 2021 and is funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) under grant number CSA2020ERC-3079. This capacity-building action is a cooperation between the University of Zaragoza in Spain, the Ministry of Health and Social Action of Senegal, the Ministry of Health of Benin, and the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Mali.

BCA-WA-ETHICS II aims to enhance the research ethics capacities in the West African region. BCA-WA-ETHICS II aims to improve research ethics capacities in general, and particularly in situations of health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an attempt to strengthen and harmonise the ethical review process of health research in West Africa and in particular clinical trials related to COVID-19 and

other health emergencies. BCA-WA-ETHICS II will mainly focus on building the capacities of members of the West African Network of National Ethics Committees (WANEC) and other NREC- and Institutional Review Board-affiliated scientists and ethicists from Benin, Senegal, and Mali in research ethics, governance, gender mainstreaming and audit preparedness.

Coordinator: Dr. Guillermo Z. Martínez-Pérez (Mail: gmartinez@unizar.es)

Duration: April 2021 - March 2023

Funder: European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

Amount: 432,868.75 €

 
African Women Scientists & SDGs

One of the key activities of BCA-WA-ETHICS is to promote and make visible the contribution of the African women scientists to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and to the advancement towards an epidemic-free and discrimination-free World.

Nicole NKOUM (Cameroon)

Esther DEGUENON (Benin)

Gloria MASON (Liberia)

Espérance ZOSSOU (Benin)

Hermione KOUSSIHOUEDE (Benin)