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Featured Project: The bioethics of biometrics within the health care system and medical research in Malawi

Mr Mphatso Mwapasa is a 2014 Global Health Bioethics Network Bursary Fellow

Biosketch:

Mphatso Mwapasa joined the University of Malawi – College of Medicine (CoM) as a Scientific Administrator in 2011 after serving as a biomarker coordinator with the Population Council. His current position involves coordinating three studies implemented by CoM PhD fellows. In addition, he coordinates and harmonises research, teaching and administrative activities within the college of medicine and its affiliates.

Mphatso has a diagnostics background and holds an MPH form the University of Malawi – College of Medicine. His research interests include exploring the perceptions of the community and policy makers regarding the integration of the biometrics, health care system and medical research.

Project title: Bioethics of biometrics within the health care system and medical research in Malawi

This project asks the question: What are the current perceptions of policy makers and communities in response to the integration of biometrics within the health care system and in medical research in Malawi?

The main aim of the study is to explore the bioethics of integrating biometrics within the health care system and in medical research in Malawi through the perceptions of policy makers and communities. Specifically, the study aims to: (a) map out current policy direction for the use of biometric data in the Malawi setting, (b) identify ethical issues associated with the use of biometrics in healthcare systems, (c) explore the views of hospital users on the use of biometrics within health care system as it relates to bioethics, (d) document views amongst policy makers and implementers on the use of biometrics within the health care system and research in relation to bioethics and, finally, (e) propose appropriate communication strategies to ensure messages regarding biometrics are aligned to patient needs.

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