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    Composition, Training Needs and Independence of Ethics Review Committees Across Africa: Are the Gate-Keepers Rising to the Emerging Challenges?A. Nyika, W. Kilama, R. Chilengi, G. Tangwa, P. Tindana, P. Ndebele & J. Ikingura - 2009 - Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (3):189-193.
    Background: The high disease burden of Africa, the emergence of new diseases and efforts to address the 10/90 gap have led to an unprecedented increase in health research activities in Africa. Consequently, there is an increase in the volume and complexity of protocols that ethics review committees in Africa have to review. Methods: With a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET) undertook a survey of 31 ethics review committees (ERCs) across sub-Saharan Africa (...)
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    Bioethics: An African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1996 - Bioethics 10 (3):183–200.
    In this paper I have attempted to open a window on an African approach to Bioethics — that of the Nso' of the Bamenda Highlands of Kamerun — from the vantage position of someone who has familiarity with both African and Western cultures. Because of its scientific-cum-technological sophistication and its proselytising character, Western culture, as well as Western systems of thought and practice, have greatly affected and influenced other cultures, particularly African culture. But Western culture, systems of thought and practice, (...)
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    The Traditional African Perception of a Person Some Implications for Bioethics.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2000 - Hastings Center Report 30 (5):39-43.
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    Giving Voice to African Thought in Medical Research Ethics.Godfrey Tangwa - 2017 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 38 (2):101-110.
    In this article, I consider the virtual absence of an African voice and perspective in global discourses of medical research ethics against the backdrop of the high burden of diseases and epidemics on the continent and the fact that the continent is actually the scene of numerous and sundry medical research studies. I consider some reasons for this state of affairs as well as how the situation might be redressed. Using examples from the HIV/AIDS and Ebola epidemics, I attempt to (...)
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    Capacity Building of Ethics Review Committees Across Africa Based on the Results of a Comprehensive Needs Assessment Survey.Aceme Nyika, Wenceslaus Kilama, Godfrey B. Tangwa, Roma Chilengi & Paulina Tindana - 2009 - Developing World Bioethics 9 (3):149-156.
    A needs assessment survey of ethics review committees (ERCs) across Africa was conducted in order to establish their major needs and areas of weaknesses in terms of ethical review capacity. The response rate was 84% (31 of 37 targeted committees), and committees surveyed were located in 18 African countries. The majority of the responding committees (61%) have been in existence between 5 and 10 years; approximately 74% of the respondents were institutional committees, with the remainder being either national (6/31) or (...)
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    Ethics in Occupational Health : Deliberations of an International Workgroup Addressing Challenges in an African Context.Leslie London, Godfrey Tangwa, Reginald Matchaba-Hove, Nhlanhla Mkhize, Remi Nwabueze, Aceme Nyika & Peter Westerholm - unknown
    Background: International codes of ethics play an important role in guiding professional practice in developing countries. In the occupational health setting, codes developed by international agencies have substantial import on protecting working populations from harm. This is particularly so under globalisation which has transformed processes of production in fundamental ways across the globe. As part of the process of revising the Ethical Code of the International Commission on Occupational Health, an Africa Working Group addressed key challenges for the relevance and (...)
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    Ethics in Occupational Health: Deliberations of an International Workgroup Addressing Challenges in an African Context.Leslie London, Godfrey Tangwa, Reginald Matchaba-Hove, Nhlanhla Mkhize, Reginald Nwabueze, Aceme Nyika & Peter Westerholm - 2014 - BMC Medical Ethics 15 (1):48.
    International codes of ethics play an important role in guiding professional practice in developing countries. In the occupational health setting, codes developing by international agencies have substantial import on protecting working populations from harm. This is particularly so under globalisation which has transformed processes of production in fundamental ways across the globe. As part of the process of revising the Ethical Code of the International Commission on Occupational Health, an African Working Group addressed key challenges for the relevance and cogency (...)
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    Bioethics: An African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1996 - Bioethics 10 (3):183-200.
    In this paper I have attempted to open a window on an African approach to Bioethics — that of the Nso' of the Bamenda Highlands of Kamerun — from the vantage position of someone who has familiarity with both African and Western cultures. Because of its scientific-cum-technological sophistication and its proselytising character, Western culture, as well as Western systems of thought and practice, have greatly affected and influenced other cultures, particularly African culture. But Western culture, systems of thought and practice, (...)
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    Globalisation or Westernisation? Ethical Concerns in the Whole Bio-Business.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1999 - Bioethics 13 (3-4):218-226.
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    Bioethics, Biotechnology and Culture: A Voice From the Margins.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2004 - Developing World Bioethics 4 (2):125–138.
    I argue for the universality of morality as against and in spite of the plurality and inevitable relativity of human cultures. Univer.
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    Between Universalism and Relativism: A Conceptual Exploration of Problems in Formulating and Applying International Biomedical Ethical Guidelines.G. B. Tangwa - 2004 - Journal of Medical Ethics 30 (1):63-67.
    In this paper, the author attempts to explore some of the problems connected with the formulation and application of international biomedical ethical guidelines, with particular reference to Africa. Recent attempts at revising and updating some international medical ethical guidelines have been bedevilled by intractable controversies and wrangling regarding both the content and formulation. From the vantage position of relative familiarity with both African and Western contexts, and the privilege of having been involved in the revision and updating of one of (...)
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    Moral Status of Embryonic Stem Cells: Perspective of an African Villager.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2007 - Bioethics 21 (8):449–457.
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    Small is beautiful: demystifying and simplifying standard operating procedures: a model from the ethics review and consultancy committee of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative.Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer, Nchangwi Syntia Munung & Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2016 - BMC Medical Ethics 17 (1):1.
    Research ethics review is a critical aspect of the research governance framework for human subjects research. This usually requires that research protocols be submitted to a research ethics committee for review and approval. This has led to very rapid developments in the domain of research ethics, as RECs proliferate all over the globe in rhyme with the explosion in human subjects research. The work of RECs has increasingly become elaborate, complex, and in many cases urgent, necessitating supporting rules and procedures (...)
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    Sprinting Research and Spot Jogging Regulation: The State of Bioethics in Cameroon.Godfrey B. Tangwa & Nchangwi Syntia Munung - 2011 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 20 (3):356-366.
    Cameroon is a Central African country lying at latitude 6°N and longitude 12°E. The country has a surface area of circa 475,442 square kilometers, and is bordered by several other African countries: Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. With a population of nearly 20 million inhabitants, Cameroon is a very diverse country, geographically, culturally, and linguistically.
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    Third Party Assisted Conception: An African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2008 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29 (5):297-306.
    The central importance of reproduction in all human cultures has given rise to many methods and techniques of assisting reproduction or overcoming infertility. Such methods and techniques have achieved spectacular successes in the Western world, where processes like in vitro fertilization (IVF) constitute a remarkable breakthrough. In this paper, the author attempts to reflect critically on assisted reproduction technologies (ART) from the background and perspective of African culture, a culture within which human reproduction is given the highest priority but which (...)
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    Bioethics, Biotechnology and Culture: A Voice From the Margins1.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2004 - Developing World Bioethics 4 (2):125-138.
    ABSTRACTIn this paper I argue for the universality of morality as against and in spite of the plurality and inevitable relativity of human cultures. Universalisability is the litmus test of moral authenticity whereas culture tends to impose an egocentric predicament. I argue equally for the equality of cultures qua cultures and of the importance of different cultural perspectives, given the limitations of each and every particular culture, in a balanced and wholesome appreciation of moral issues, particularly issues of cross‐cultural relevance. (...)
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    How Not to Compare Western Scientific Medicine with African Traditional Medicine.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2007 - Developing World Bioethics 7 (1):41–44.
    ABSTRACTIn his commentary on Aceme Nyika’s paper ‘Ethical and Regulatory Issues Surrounding African Traditional Medicine in the Context of HIV/AIDS’,1 Godfrey B. Tangwa charges the author with inappropriately using expressions, terminology and criteria of evaluation appropriate in Western scientific medicine to judge African traditional medicine . He seriously frowns on Nyika’s suggestion that African TM needs to be incorporated into, and subjected to the canons of Western scientific medicine. Such a suggestion, he believes, is a prescription for invasion, colonization and (...)
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    Global Bioethics: An Introduction by Henk ten Have Routledge , Xix + 272 Pp. ISBN‐13: 978‐1138124103; ISBN‐10: 1138124109. [REVIEW]Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2018 - Developing World Bioethics 18 (3):268-270.
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    Are Students Kidding with Health Research Ethics? The Case of HIV/AIDS Research in Cameroon.Nchangwi S. Munung, Godfrey B. Tangwa, Chi P. Che, Laurent Vidal & Odile Ouwe-Missi-Oukem-Boyer - 2012 - BMC Medical Ethics 13 (1):12.
    Universities in Cameroon are playing an active part in HIV/AIDS research and much of this research is carried out by students, usually for the purpose of a dissertation/thesis. Student theses/dissertations present research findings in a much more comprehensive manner and have been described as the stepping-stone of a budding scientist’s potential in becoming an independent researcher. It is therefore important to verify how students handle issues of research ethics.
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    Moral Agency, Moral Worth and the Question of Double Standards in Medical Research in Developing Countries.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2001 - Developing World Bioethics 1 (2):156–162.
    International regulations governing medical research, healthcare and medical practice, are, obviously, meant to be guidelines and not detailed procedural rules of thumb that can be applied unreflectively without any danger of doing moral wrong. Moreover, such regulations are meant to apply internationally, and no set of straight‐jacketed rules of thumb can conceivably apply to all societies and communities of the world, extremely diverse and differently situated as they are. The mark of a good international guideline or regulation, in my view, (...)
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    Global Health Inequalities and the Need for Solidarity: A View From the Global South.Mbih J. Tosam, Primus Che Chi, Nchangwi Syntia Munung, Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem‐Boyer & Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2018 - Developing World Bioethics 18 (3):241-249.
    Although the world has experienced remarkable progress in health care since the last half of the 20th century, global health inequalities still persist. In some poor countries life expectancy is between 37-40 years lower than in rich countries; furthermore, maternal and infant mortality is high and there is lack of access to basic preventive and life-saving medicines, as well a high prevalence of neglected diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Moreover, globalization has made the world more connected than before such that (...)
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    The HIV/AIDS Pandemic, African Traditional Values and the Search for a Vaccine in Africa.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2002 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27 (2):217 – 230.
    The response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa has so far ignored important traditional African values and attitudes toward disease and commerce. These values and attitudes are significantly different from the libertarian, market-driven, profit-oriented values and practices of important sectors of the Western world. To deal with this epidemic, the world should consider respect for, and possibly even adoption of those African values, which provide for people in genuine need, irrespective of their ability to pay. HIV/AIDS vaccine research indigenous to (...)
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    African Philosophy: Appraisal of a Recurrent Problematic.Godfrey Tangwa - 1992 - Cogito 6 (2):78-84.
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    Role of E-Learning in Teaching Health Research Ethics and Good Clinical Practice in Africa and Beyond.R. Chilengi, A. Nyika, G. B. Tangwa, R. A. Noor, S. W. Ramadhani, S. Bosomprah & W. L. Kilama - 2013 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 22 (1):110-119.
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    Moral Agency, Moral Worth and the Question of Double Standards in Medical Research in Developing Countries.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2001 - Developing World Bioethics 1 (2):156-162.
    International regulations governing medical research, healthcare and medical practice, are, obviously, meant to be guidelines and not detailed procedural rules of thumb that can be applied unreflectively without any danger of doing moral wrong. Moreover, such regulations are meant to apply internationally, and no set of straight‐jacketed rules of thumb can conceivably apply to all societies and communities of the world, extremely diverse and differently situated as they are. The mark of a good international guideline or regulation, in my view, (...)
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    Knowledge and Human Limitations.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1991 - Cogito 5 (1):20-24.
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    For and Against God.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1988 - Philosophie Et Culture: Actes du XVIIe Congrès Mondial de Philosophie 3:353-358.
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    African Philosophy: Appraisal of a Recurrent Problematic: Part 1: The Sources of Traditional African Philosophy.Godfrey Tangwa - 1992 - Cogito 6 (2):78-84.
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    Leaders in Ethics Education: Godfrey B. Tangwa.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2016 - International Journal of Ethics Education 1 (1):91-105.
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    African Philosophy: Appraisal of a Recurrent Problematic: Part 2: What Is African Philosophy and Who Is an African Philosopher?Godfrey Tangwa - 1992 - Cogito 6 (3):138-143.
  31. Democracy and Meritocracy Philosophical Essays and Talks From an African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1996
     
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  32. Gentechnologie und moralische Werte: Eine afrikanische Meinung.Godfrey Tangwa - 2005 - Polylog.
    This paper reflects, from a cross-cultural perspective, on the implications of biotechnology on moral values. Today, biotechnology, an aspect of Western industrialized culture, is capable of manipulating or modifying the genes of living organisms. This raises many ethical problems, some relating to biodiversity and the environment in general. Bioethics owes its own development to awareness of the seriousness and magnitude of these ethical problems which cannot leave any culture indifferent, no matter its own level of technological development. Africa, for instance, (...)
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  33. Road Companion to Democracy and Meritocracy Further Essays From an African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1998
     
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