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Adherence to bioethics crucial in transforming Malawi

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Expectations are high that ethics and moral values in various sectors in the country will be enhanced following a workshop officials from the National Committee on Bioethics and other stakeholders are undertaking in Lilongwe.

Bioethics is the study of the ethical and moral implications of new biological discoveries and biomedical advances in the fields of genetic engineering and drug research.

The workshop which has been organised by the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) has brought in experts from Unesco to share expertise with Malawians working under the committee.

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NCST Director General, Anthony Muyepa, stressed that the commission is committed to promoting ethics of bioethics and the ethics of research, science and technology in the country.

“The effort of my office in this cause is mainstreamed into the organisational structure of the NCST. All programmes of bioethics and research ethics in the commission are delivered through the Division of Health, Social Sciences and Humanities,” Muyepa said.

He said that the division is the main focal point at national level that is charged with the execution of an advisory, promotional and regulatory duty on matters of bioethics and research ethics.

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However, Muyepa decried lack of funding towards raising awareness on the subject which remains unknown to many in the country.

“As a country, we are not fairing that badly but we could say we do have challenges. Lack of resources to carry out functions of this committee could be one of the areas because we are supposed to conduct many public debates on a number of issues that are affecting the country such as food security and how to deal with them,” he said.

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