Ethics, Human Rights & Medical Law Conference

31 May 2018

THEME:

Managing medical negligence and medical errors in South African hospitals & human rights issues surrounding human migration in Africa

KEY TOPICS

  • Consequences of increased medical malpractice litigation in South Africa
  • Healthcare professionals’ understanding and awareness of patient safety and quality of care in Africa: The results of an exclusive survey
  • Ethical and legal challenges surrounding clinical negligence and medical errors in medical practice
  • Economic refugees in post-apartheid South Africa: Assets or liabilities? Implications for progressive migration policies
  • Human sexuality, migration and socio-economic challenges in Africa

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:

  • Gain insight into the rise of malpractice litigation across Africa 
  • Identify the legal and ethical challenges rising from medical error/negligence in clinical practice to understand and avoid litigation
  • Debate the conflict between ethical principles and the issues surrounding medical liability
  • Discuss migration trends in Africa and the ethical considerations for receiving countries
  • Recognise the human rights issues and application of law for the protection of immigrants against abuses in foreign countries

08:20 Opening remarks

Prof Sylvester C Chima

 

SESSION 1: MANAGING MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE AND MEDICAL ERRORS IN SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITALS I

 

08:30 Increasing awareness among practitioners regarding the consequences of medical negligence litigation

Dr Graham Howarth

 

09:00 Counting the cost: ­Consequences of increased medical malpractice litigation in South Africa

Justin Malherbe

 

09:30 Q & A

 

09:40 Networking Coffee Break & Visit Exhibition

 

SESSION 2: MANAGING MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE AND MEDICAL ERRORS IN SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITALS II

 

10:20 An overview of the epidemiology and ethical and legal challenges surrounding clinical negligence and medical errors in medical practice

Prof Sylvester C Chima

 

10:50 Focusing patient safety and quality care - preventing medical malpractice and negligence in Kenya

Prof Dr Khama Rogo

 

11:20 Discussion: Medical negligence in Africa

Moderator: Prof Sylvester C Chima

Panelists: Dr Graham Howarth, Prof Dr Khama Rogo, Justin Malherbe,

 

12:20 Networking Lunch

 

SESSION 3: ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES SURROUNDING HUMAN MIGRATION IN AFRICA

 

14:00 Human sexuality, migration and socio-economic challenges in Africa

Dr Richmond Tiemoko

 

14:30 African philosophy, respect for cultural diversity and the ethics of human migration

Dr Karori Mbugua

 

15:00 Ethical and human rights issues surrounding human migration: An African perspective

Prof Sylvester C Chima

 

15:30 Migration, return and socioeconomic change in West Africa

Dr Richmond Tiemoko

 

16:00 Discussion - Human migration

Moderator: Prof Sylvester C Chima

Panelists: Dr Richmond Tiemoko, Dr Karori Mbugua

 

16:30 Close of conference

 

CHAIR:

 

  • Prof Sylvester C Chima, MD, LLM, Associate Professor and Head: Programme of Bio & Research Ethics and Medical Law, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

 

 

SPEAKERS:

 

  • Justin Malherbe, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Karori Mbugua, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Prof Dr Khama Rogo, Lead Health Sector Specialist & Head - Health in Africa Initiative, World Bank, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services – Africa, Medical Protection Society, Leeds, UK
  • Richmond Tiemoko, Resident Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Burundi, Bujumbura