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    Operationalising a real-time research ethics approach: supporting ethical mindfulness in agriculture-nutrition-health research in Malawi.Joseph Mfutso-Bengo, Edward Joy, Eric Umar, Kate Millar & Limbanazo Matandika - 2022 - BMC Medical Ethics 23 (1):1-17.
    BackgroundThere have been notable investments in large multi-partner research programmes across the agriculture-nutrition-health (ANH) nexus. These studies often involve human participants and commonly require research ethics review. These ANH studies are complex and can raise ethical issues that need pre-field work, ethical oversight and also need an embedded process that can identify, characterise and manage ethical issues as the research work develops, as such more embedded and dynamic ethics processes are needed. This work builds on notions of ‘ethics in practice’ (...)
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    Is it ethical to prevent secondary use of stored biological samples and data derived from consenting research participants? The case of Malawi.Randy G. Mungwira, Wongani Nyangulu, James Misiri, Steven Iphani, Ruby Ng’ong’ola, Chawanangwa M. Chirambo, Francis Masiye & Joseph Mfutso-Bengo - 2015 - BMC Medical Ethics 16 (1):1-7.
    BackgroundThis paper discusses the contentious issue of reuse of stored biological samples and data obtained from research participants in past clinical research to answer future ethical and scientifically valid research questions. Many countries have regulations and guidelines that guide the use and exportation of stored biological samples and data. However, there are variations in regulations and guidelines governing the reuse of stored biological samples and data in Sub-Saharan Africa including Malawi.DiscussionThe current research ethics regulations and guidelines in Malawi do not (...)
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  3. Toward an African Ubuntu/Umunthu bioethics in Malawi in the context of globalization.Joseph Mfutso-Bengo & Francis Masiye - 2011 - In Catherine Myser (ed.), Bioethics Around the Globe. Oxford University Press.
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    Important but Neglected Ethical and Cultural Considerations in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Malawi.Adamson S. Muula & Joseph M. Mfutso-Bengo - 2004 - Nursing Ethics 11 (5):479-488.
    Southern African countries have the highest HIV infection rates in the world. In most of the countries in the region, the rate among adults is at least 10%. The fight against HIV/AIDS has mostly been inadequate owing to the lack of proper consideration of ethical and cultural issues. In this article, the authors discuss the ethical and cultural dilemmas concerning HIV/AIDS, with Malawi as a case in point. It is argued that increasing financial resources alone, as exemplified by the Global (...)
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    The Ethics of Developed Nations Recruiting Nurses from Developing Countries: The Case of Malawi.Adamson S. Muula, Joseph M. Mfutso-Bengo, Joan Makoza & Elita Chatipwa - 2003 - Nursing Ethics 10 (4):433-438.
    There is currently a global shortage of nurses. Developing countries such as Malawi are among those hardest hit by this shortage. The demands on available nurses have increased and at the same time there is a lack of interest in becoming a nurse owing to the poor working conditions among those still employed in the service. It is questionable if developed nations should recruit nurses from countries such as Malawi, where severe human resource constraints are being experienced. We argue in (...)
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    Hiv/aids reduces the relevance of the principle of individual medical confidentiality among the bantu people of southern Africa.Paul Ndebele, Joseph Mfutso-Bengo & Francis Masiye - 2008 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29 (5):331-340.
    The principle of individual medical confidentiality is one of the moral principles that Africa inherited unquestioningly from the West as part of Western medicine. The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa has reduced the relevance of the principle of individual medical confidentiality. Individual medical confidentiality has especially presented challenges for practitioners among the Bantu communities that are well known for their social inter-connectedness and the way they value their extended family relations. Individual confidentiality has raised several unforeseen problems for persons living (...)
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    Perspectives of agriculture, nutrition and health researchers regarding research governance in Malawi. Using a leadership, ethics, governance and systems framework.Limbanazo Matandika, Kate Millar, Eric Umar & Joseph Mfutso-Bengo - 2023 - BMC Medical Ethics 24 (1):1-12.
    Background Research ethics is intertwined with and depends on building robust and responsive research governance systems alongside researchers. Globally there has been substantial investment in agriculture, nutrition, and health (ANH) research motivated by the need to improve health outcomes, such as micronutrient deficiencies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although there has been a notable focus on ethical issues inherent in ANH studies, there has been scanty research examining researchers’ attitudes related to ANH research. This study was conducted to explore the perspectives of (...)
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    A qualitative study exploring stakeholder perspectives on the use of biological samples for future unspecified research in Malawi.Limbanazo Matandika, Ruby Tionenji Ngóngóla, Khama Mita, Lucinda Manda-Taylor, Kate Gooding, Daniel Mwale, Francis Masiye & Joseph Mfutso-Bengo - 2020 - BMC Medical Ethics 21 (1):1-10.
    BackgroundThere is growing interest in the collection, storage and reuse of biological samples for future research. Storage and future use of biological samples raise ethical concerns and questions about approaches that safeguard the interests of participants. The situation is further complicated in Africa where there is a general lack of governing ethical frameworks that could guide the research community on appropriate approaches for sample storage and use. Furthermore, there is limited empirical data to guide development of such frameworks. A qualitative (...)
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    Bioethics as moral capital: a social comparative advantage for Malawi's rapid, sustainable development within a competitive globalized world.Joseph Matthew Mfutso-Bengo - 2015 - Malawi: University of Malawi, College of Medicine.
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    Ethical aspects of hiv/aids prevention strategies and control in malawi.Joseph-Matthew Mfutso-Bengo, Eva-Maria Mfutso-Bengo & Francis Masiye - 2008 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29 (5):349-356.
    HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns have been overshadowed by conflicting, competing, and contradictory views between those who support condom use as a last resort and those who are against it for fear of promoting sexual immorality. We argue that abstinence and faithfulness to one partner are the best available moral solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Of course, deontologists may argue that condom use might appear useful and effective in controlling HIV/AIDS; however, not everything that is useful is always good. In principle, all (...)
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    Examining study participants’ decision-making and ethics-related experiences in a dietary community randomized controlled trial in Malawi.Joseph Mfutso-Bengo, Gabriella Chiutsi-Phiri, Edward Joy, Eric Umar, Kate Millar & Limbanazo Matandika - 2021 - BMC Medical Ethics 22 (1):1-14.
    BackgroundThe participant recruitment process is a key ethical pivot point when conducting robust research. There is a need to continuously review and improve recruitment processes in research trials and to build fair and effective partnerships between researchers and participants as an important core element in ensuring the ethical delivery of high-quality research. When participants make a fair, informed, and voluntary decision to enroll in a study, they agree to fulfill their roles. However, supporting study participants to fulfill study requirements is (...)
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    When is Public Disclosure of HIV Seropositivity Acceptable?Adamson S. Muula & Joseph M. Mfutso-Bengo - 2005 - Nursing Ethics 12 (3):288-295.
    HIV/AIDS is a major public health problem in Africa. Stigmatization, discrimination and lack of appropriate health care are among the commonest challenges that HIV infected persons and their families face. It has been suggested that among the tools available in the fight against stigmatization and discrimination is public disclosure of a person’s HIV seropositive status. While public disclosure of HIV status has a place in the fight against HIV and AIDS, especially by resulting in behavioural change among people who know (...)
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