CULTURE AND VOLUNTARY INFORMED CONSENT IN AFRICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

Authors


Augustine Y. Frimpong-Mansoh, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, California State University, Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1102, USA. afrimpong_mansoh@csub.edu

Abstract

This paper discusses how to apply a collective decision model of the principle of voluntary informed consent in African communitarian culture, in a culturally sensitive way, in order to protect research candidates from potential exploitations and abuses. Dismissing cultural and ethical skepticism surrounding the global application of the principle of voluntary informed consent, the paper ultimately concludes that international collaboration on diagnostic and therapeutic medical research in Africa, especially HIV vaccine trials, is a moral imperative.

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