Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics
managed by H. Etheredge
The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics
The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics is a university-based centre committed to the values of justice, dignity, respect and freedom – both intellectual and academic.
Staff at the centre boast a wide range of expertise in ethics and they are deeply committed to furthering the discipline of bioethics in South Africa and internationally. Centre staff take pride in advising and consulting for policy makers at national and provincial level, as well as in programmes like Good Clinical Practise – and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
At national policy level, Centre staff provide advice and consultation in bioethics, human rights and health law for health sciences curricula, regulation, development and ethics in research for the country.
At an international level, centre staff contribute to programmes in UNESCO, the European Commission and The National Institutes of Health (US) to name but a few. Centre staff also contribute to the development of bioethics and research ethics capacity on the different African regions.
The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics contributes to excellence in bioethics by:
Developing national and international research programs,
Ongoing curriculum development and teaching,
Collaborating with other developing and developed world-based bioethicists on training and research projects,
Advising health providers on policy matters, including resource allocation, rationing of health care services and monitoring standards of care for the ethical practice of the caring professions including medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy,
Providing an ethics consultation service at hospitals and clinics within the academic hospitals as well as the primary health care settings,
Providing NGOs and other community groups with health care ethics advice and
Community outreach as a social responsibility