Scientific Response to Deadly Novel Epidemics: The Role of Health Research Ethics

  • Francis K. Kombe
  • Jennyfer Ambe
  • Gibril Ndow


Bioethics is an inter-disciplinary and rapidly emerging field. It is the science of criteria, norms, and values for human action and conduct that focuses on reflection and analysis of morals concerning whether an act is good or bad and how it influences: our basic quest for meaning; our search for humanity; and our attempt to create a humane society. While research ethics ultimately aims at safeguarding human dignity, promoting justice, equality, truth, and trust during the conduct of research, certain situations may arise that make the application of the basic principles of bioethics complex. This chapter presents the complexity, debates and contestations surrounding the application of ethical principles during a deadly epidemic in Africa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis K. Kombe
    • 1
  • Jennyfer Ambe
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gibril Ndow
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.African Research Integrity Network (ARIN)KilifiKenya
  2. 2.Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment InitiativeMainland HospitalLagosNigeria
  3. 3.Department of Public Health, School of Nursing and Health SciencesCapella UniversityMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineBanjulThe Gambia
  5. 5.Institute of Global Health Innovation, Division of Integrative Systems Medicine & Digestive Diseases, Faculty of MedicineImperial College LondonLondonUK

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