“Thought without practice is empty; and action without thought is blind” Kwame Nkrumah

Work Package 7 -  Engaging policy makers, global public health bodies and communities and ethical, administrative, regulatory and operational obstacles during outbreaks

'Ethics during the Ebola virus disease outbreak' meeting in Brazzaville, Congo, facilitated by Prof Francine Ntoumi (FCRM), Dr Sarah Edwards (UCL), Prof Godfrey Tangwa (University of Yaounde), Dr Odile Ouwe Miss Oukem (Foundation Merieaux) and Prof Bartolomew Akanmori & Prof Ali Ahmed Yahaya (WHO/AFRO), May 31st - Jun 1st 2018


  1. To analyse the role of health system governance structures, organisational dynamics and networks between the human health, animal health and environment sectors(consistent with a One Health approach) in addressing challenges to build national, regional and pan-African laboratory, public health and clinical trials capacities for the rapid investigation of EID outbreaks with epidemic potential.
  2. To understand perceptions of EID risks and the level of support for specific interventions to address the impact of outbreaks among key One Health policy stakeholders.
  3. To identify the existing multi-sectoral strategies (financial, service delivery, human resources, technology and information systems) and institutional capacities for building appropriate levels of preparedness and response to EID outbreaks.
  4. To investigate the barriers that impede rapid and effective responses to EID outbreaks and the uptake of capacity building mechanisms developed through the other work packages.
  5. To support the other work packages of this project by developing evidence-based, contextually-appropriate policy options
  6. To set up robust ethical, regulatory and administrative systems in each regional hub ready to assess and approve rapid response protocols from the Network
  7. within 48-72 hours.
  8. To ensure regional capacity is strengthened and maintained to respond efficiently and equitably as resilient emergency planning from the EDCTP and
  9. associated organisations requires.
  10. To develop and ‘harmonise’ the ethical and operational rules regulators and ethics committees should use to inform the prior and expedited approval of a range of protocols from the Network.
  11. To identify operational ‘pressure points’ and streamline administrative practices in gaining research authorisation, to create system that is both flexible and durable.