This crosscutting theme will support the Centre for Global Health's main aim to advance the Sustainable Development Goals in which capacity development in research integrity and research ethics teaching in global health are especially relevant.

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Global health challenges are ubiquitous. However, the Global South (Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and the developing countries in Asia, including the Middle East) is disproportionately affected in comparison to the Global North due to economic inequities. Response to global health challenges calls for ethical considerations as it impacts vulnerable populations. Consequently, there is need for ethical guidance at the policy, public health, research and academic institutions' levels. 

Global health is also transboundary. It covers the health issues of all people in all countries. Economic inequities allow some countries, usually those in the Global North, to be better resourced in addressing public health challenges. These inequities negatively impact on countries in the Global South. Not withstanding, challenges are not limited to countries with limited resources and as such global ethics examines the ethical challenges and responses in all countries while giving priority to and in consideration of the issues and needs of the Global South.

As there is dire need for increased institutional and personnel capacity in various aspects related to ethics in research, education, management and leadership in the Global South, there is also the opportunity to learn from the responses/approaches applied by policymakers/health-workers despite the constraints. The Centre for Global health recognizes the benefit of exchanging experiences in addressing ethical challenges by equitably engaging organizations/stakeholders/colleagues from the Global South.

A clear comprehension of ethical issues is needed to ensure successful interventions, policies and partnerships. In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and the Centre for Medical Ethics, the Centre for Global Health (CGH) will acknowledge and adopt ethics – that is, research and clinical aspects, as dimensions that must cut across its overall mission to advance capacity for global health research, education and communication.  

The CGH will use ethics as a crosscutting theme to: 

  • advance education and learning in global health through in person and virtual forums;
  • build networks and partnership to accelerate advancement of research and clinical practice ethics and integrity training and education; 
  • increase knowledge of best practices in academic, research, and health institutions’ ethical review boards;
  • empower researchers in global health ensuring ethical and integral leadership and research;
  • highlight and compare culturally diverse approaches to addressing ethical challenges in research and clinical settings;
  • highlight research ethics/integrity challenges of doing research in resource poor countries;
  • promote awareness on the ethical practices of open science; 
  • promote stakeholder engagement and community involvement in design, planning, implementation, evaluation of research studies and communication and dissemination of research findings. 


Jan Helge Solbakk

Professor, Center for Medical Ethics, University of Osl

Jan Helge Solbakk

Resource Group

The resource group will support the leader in advancing the CGH's ambitions for ethics as a crosscutting integrated theme.


Rosemarie de La Cruz Bernabe

Researcher, Centre for Medical Ethics at UiO

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Cynthia Khamala Wangamati

Researcher, Centre for Medical Ethics at UiO

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Susana María Vidal

Guest Researcher at UiO

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Susana M. Vidal is a medical doctor (Cordoba University, 1982) with specialization in internal medicine. She is also a specialist in Fundamental Bioethics and holds a Master in Bioethics (University of Chile, 2002). Since April 2021 she is guest researcher at Centre for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo. In September 2021 Vidal was elected president of Redbioetica UNESCO, (the UNESCO Latin America and the Caribbean network on Bioethics). She serves as adviser of several National Bioethics Committees in Latin America. From February 2008 to December 2021 Vidal worked as Program Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean in Bioethics and Ethics of Science at the UNESCO, Montevideo Regional Office, Uruguay (2008-2020). At present she is also member of the Ethics and Human Rights Committee for COVID 19 (Ministry of Health, Argentina). From 2005-till April 2021 Vidal was the general coordinator of the Lifelong Learning Program in Bioethics and Research Ethics of Redbioética UNESCO. Vidal is guest lecturer at several Latin-Americans universities and she has published extensively in bioethics.

Shereen Cox Née Dawkins

Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Medical Ethics at UiO

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Published June 11, 2021 10:45 AM - Last modified Nov. 12, 2021 9:56 AM