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BCA-WA-ETHICS I & II

Strengthening Research Capacities in West Africa

BCA-WA-ETHICS I

WP1: TRAINING

The first work package (WP1) is coordinated by the University of Zaragoza in collaboration with the Gender Division of the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action. The objectives of WP1 are to explore and understand and gender issues in relation to health research in Senegal and West Africa, train Senegalese health scientists and ethicists in gender mainstreaming approaches in research site and protocol evaluation, and to train Senegalese health researchers in the design and implementation of gender equality plans in research on an individual and institutional level.

WP2: NETWORKING

Implementation of this WP2 is led by Dr. Sarr (CNERS) in cooperation with Dr. Mbaye (IRESSEF). The selection of facilitators and consultants to support this WP2 is jointly done by the 'Project Secretariat'. The objectives of WP2 are to promote scientific discussion on gender inequality issues that could potentially emerge from research conducted around and/or in preparation to health emergencies and which detection and consideration are under NRECs mandate, to create working procedures, communication channels, and inter-institutional collaborative environments to favour the harmonisation of gender mainstreaming guidelines and tools to guide research evaluation and site assessment across West African NRECs and to provide direct technical support and mentoring to all West African scientists aiming at promoting the elaboration of Gender Equality Plans and integration of gender mainstreaming in their respective NRECs.

WP3: SOCIAL RESEARCH
This WP is led by the Coordinator (UNIZAR) in cooperation with Mme. Ndiate (MSAS-Gender DIvision). Scientific advice from Dr Sarr (CNERS), Dr Mbaye, and the Gender Mainstreaming Advisory Board. The objectives of this WP are to understand and frame factors that hinder scientists and ethicists of different sexes and genders in Senegal and in the sub-region from progressing in their professional careers in health research, to assess acceptability and feasibility of integration and usage of proposed gender mainstreaming tools in a Senegalese NREC environment; to evaluate the effectiveness of project training activities to improve local and regional capacities and skills on gender mainstreaming, and to capitalise on new knowledge and information generated by the project to promote the integration of gender mainstreaming and of sex and gender-based analyses approaches in regional NRECs and research institutions.

WP4: MANAGEMENT

WP4 is led by Dr Mbaye (IRESSEF) and the Coordinator, Dr Guillermo Martínez Pérez, who will have an overseeing role to ensure the timely, transparent and efficient realisation of all WP4 tasks, and to advise on the incorporation of gendered perspectives in all communication, dissemination and exploitation outputs. The objectives of WP4 are to ensure that there is a smooth financial and technical follow-up of the implementation and progress of the project, guarantee that all activities and milestones needed to achieve the project aim and objectives are done timely and efficiently with available resources, and to produce high-quality project outputs that are effectively shared with targeted audiences as per the agreed Communication and Dissemination and Exploitation Plans.

BCA-WA-ETHICS II

WP1: TRAINING

The first work package (WP1) is coordinated by the University of Zaragoza in collaboration with the Gender Experts of the Benin and Mali NRECs. The objectives of WP1 are to map capacity-related gaps in the field of research ethics in West Africa, build the capacities of WANEC and West African NREC and IRB members in research ethics, governance, gender mainstreaming, and audit preparedness, improve the knowledge and skills of WANEC and West African NREC and IRB members with regard to the AVAREF Tools for Processing Clinical Trial Applications and contribute to the educational and professional development of the Beninese, Malian, and Senegalese NRECs members.

WP2: NETWORKING

The second work package of BCA-WA-ETHICS II is led by Dr. Sarr (MoHSA-Senegal) in cooperation with Prof. Flore Gangbo (MoH-Benin). The objectives of WP2 are to strengthen and consolidate networks between different West African NRECs and WAHO and WHO-TDR-SIDCER officers, to promote the development of working procedures, communication channels, and inter-institutional collaborative environments to favour the implementation of the AVAREF Tools for Processing Clinical Trial Applications and the harmonisation of health research protocol evaluation tools and guidelines, and to provide direct technical support and mentoring to all West African scientists aiming at promoting best protocol evaluation, governance, gender mainstreaming, and audit preparedness practice in their respective NRECs.

WP3: AUDIT

WP3 is led by the Coordinator (UNIZAR) in cooperation with the remaining three co-applicants and Dr. González Hijos on behalf of the Aragon Research Ethics Committee (CEICA). The objectives of WP3 are to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of West African NRECs, to enhance West African NRECs' knowledge and skills for audit preparedness, to support the implementation of the AVAREF Tools for Processing Clinical Trial Applications by the NRECs of Benin, Mali, and Senegal, and to strengthen working relationships for regulatory officers between the Beninese, Malian, and Senegalese MoH-level regulatory officers and their corresponding NRECs.

WP4: MANAGEMENT

WP4 is co-led by Professor Soumaré (CNESS), Professor Gangbo (CNERS-Benin), Dr Sarr (CNERS-Senegal), and the Coordinator, Dr Guillermo Martínez Pérez, who will have an oversight role to ensure the timely, transparent and efficient realisation of all WP4 tasks. The objectives of WP4 are to ensure that there is a smooth financial and technical follow-up of the implementation and progress of the project, guarantee that all activities and milestones needed to achieve the project aim and objectives are done timely and efficiently with available resources, and to produce high-quality project outputs that are effectively shared with targeted audiences as per the agreed Communication and Dissemination and Exploitation Plans.