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    A new Tuskegee? Unethical human experimentation and Western neocolonialism in the mass circumcision of African men.Max Fish, Arianne Shahvisi, Tatenda Gwaambuka, Godfrey B. Tangwa, Daniel Ncayiyana & Brian D. Earp - 2020 - Developing World Bioethics 21 (4):211-226.
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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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    Giving voice to African thought in medical research ethics.Godfrey B. 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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    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 - 2017 - 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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    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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    Ebola Vaccine Trials.Godfrey B. Tangwa, Katharine Browne & Doris Schroeder - 2018 - In Doris Schroeder, Julie Cook, François Hirsch, Solveig Fenet & Vasantha Muthuswamy (eds.), Ethics Dumping: Case Studies From North-South Research Collaborations. Springer. pp. 49-60.
    The Ebola epidemic that broke out inWest Africa West AfricaAfrica towards the end of 2013 had been brought under reasonable control by 2015. The epidemic had severely affected three countries. This case study is about a phase I/II clinical trial Phase I/II clinical trial of a candidate Ebola virus vaccine in 2015 in a sub-Saharan AfricanSub-Saharan Africa country which had not registered any cases of the Ebola virus disease. The study was designed as a randomized double-blinded trialRandomized double blinded trial. (...)
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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.
    Western moral philosophy is driven by the attempt to sharply distinguish persons from the rest of the cosmos, and then to identify the ways in which persons must be treated. The traditional African approach is different on both counts.
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    COVID-19: Africa’s relation with epidemics and some imperative ethics considerations of the moment.Godfrey B. Tangwa & Nchangwi Syntia Munung - 2020 - Research Ethics 16 (3-4):1-11.
    COVID-19 is a very complex pandemic. It has affected individuals, different countries and regions of the world equally in some senses and differently in other senses. While sub-Saharan Africa has weathered a range of outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, the manner in which the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved necessitates some observations, remarks and conclusions from our own situated observation point. Compared to previous epidemics/pandemics, many African countries have displayed a sense of solidarity in the face of COVID-19 that (...)
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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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    Informed consent in a tuberculosis genetic study in Cameroon: information overload, situational vulnerability and diagnostic misconception.Ali Ibrahim Mohammed-Ali, Eyoab Iyasu Gebremeskel, Emmanuel Yenshu, Theobald Nji, Apungwa Cornelius Ntabe, Samuel Wanji, Godfrey B. Tangwa & Nchangwi Syntia Munung - 2022 - Research Ethics 18 (4):265-280.
    Research Ethics, Volume 18, Issue 4, Page 265-280, October 2022. Concerns around comprehension and recall of consent information by research participants have typically been associated with low health and research literacy levels. In genomics research, this concern is heightened as the scientific and ethical complexities of genetics research, such as biobanking, genetic susceptibility, data sharing, and incidental findings may be more difficult for potential research participants to understand. However, challenges to research participants’ comprehension of consent information may be compounded by (...)
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    Globalisation or Westernisation? Ethical Concerns in the Whole Bio-business.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1999 - Bioethics 13 (3-4):218-226.
    Increasing awareness of the importance of the biodiversity of the whole global biosphere has led to further awareness that the problems which arise in connection with preservation and exploitation of our planet’s biodiversity are best tackled from a global perspective. The ‘Biodiversity Convention’ and the ‘Human Genome Project’ are some of the concrete attempts at such globalisation. But, while these efforts are certainly very good at the intentional level and on paper, there is, at the practical level of implementation, the (...)
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    Root causes of epistemic (in)justice for the global south in health ethics and bioethics.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2023 - Journal of Medical Ethics 49 (5):343-344.
    In a feature article in the Journal of Medical Ethics entitled ‘Where is knowledge from the global South? An account of epistemic justice for a global bioethics’,1 Pratt and de Vries give a highly persuasive account of global injustices within global bioethics especially health ethics against the global South that every bioethicist needs to read and to reflect on. The opening three sentences of the abstract of this account capture the ethical essence of the whole article. > The silencing 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.
    ABSTRACT One of the most important as well as most awesome achievements of modern biotechnology is the possibility of cloning human embryonic stem cells, if not human beings themselves. The possible revolutionary role of such stem cells in curative, preventive and enhancement medicine has been voiced and chorused around the globe. However, the question of the moral status of embryonic stem cells has not been clearly and unequivocally answered. Taking inspiration from the African adage that ‘the hand that reaches beneath (...)
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Bioethics, Biotechnology and Culture: A Voice From the Margins1.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2004 - Developing World Bioethics 4 (2):125-138.
    ABSTRACT In 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 (...)
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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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    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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    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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    Moral Agency, Moral Worth and the Question of Double Standards in Medical Research in Developing Countries.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2002 - 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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    Are students kidding with health research ethics? The case of HIV/aids research in Cameroon.Nchangwi Syntia Munung, Godfrey B. Tangwa, Chi Primus Che, Laurent Vidal & Odile Ouwe-Missi-Oukem-Boyer - 2012 - BMC Medical Ethics 13 (1):1-7.
    Background 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. Method Theses/dissertations on HIV/AIDS that described research studies involving the use (...)
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    Some African Reflections on Biomedical and Environmental Ethics.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2005 - In Kwasi Wiredu (ed.), A Companion to African Philosophy. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 387–395.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction African Outlook Western Outlook Human Reproduction Technology and the Environment Poverty and Shame Conclusion.
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  25. Bioethics, nature, the environment and climate change in Africa.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2019 - In Yaw A. Frimpong-Mansoh & Caesar A. Atuire (eds.), Bioethics in Africa: theories and praxis. Wilmington, Delaware: Vernon Press.
     
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    Colonialism and Linguistic Dilemmas in Africa:Cameroon as a Paradigm.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1999 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 13 (1-2):3-18.
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    Criticism and Survival. An Interpretation of Popper's Theory of Evolution.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1991 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 5 (2):32-47.
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    Colonial Legacy and the Language Situation in Cameroon.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1992 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):24-43.
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    Colonial Legacy and the Language Question in Caneroon: a Reply to Dissenthing Voices.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1995 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):121-130.
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  30. Case 4: reproductive freedom ; Ethics, human rights, and sexual/reproductive health in Africa: exploratory sociocultural considerations.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2014 - In Wanda Teays, John-Stewart Gordon & Alison Dundes Renteln (eds.), Global Bioethics and Human Rights: Contemporary Issues. Rowman & Littlefield.
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    Can there be an Authentically African Literature in English.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1997 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 11 (1-2):69-79.
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    Democracy and Meritocracy: Philosophical Essays and Talks from an African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1996 - Galda & Wilch.
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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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    Knowledge and Human Limitations.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1991 - Cogito 5 (1):20-24.
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    Leaders in Ethics Education: Godfrey B. Tangwa.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 2015 - International Journal of Ethics Education 1 (1):91-105.
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    Road Companion to Democracy and Meritocracy: Further Essays from an African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1998
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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 - 2017 - Developing World Bioethics 18 (3):268-270.
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