Ethics, Human Rights and Medical Law Conference

Theme:

  • Suicide, Depression and Mental Health Ethics in Africa
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social issues surrounding legalization of Cannabis in South Africa and Globally
  • Ethics of Organ Donation by HIV Positive Donors to HIV Negative donors and Others

30 May 2019

08:00 - 08:30

Welcome coffee


08:30 - 08:45

Opening conference remarks

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


SESSION 1: MANAGING SUICIDE, DEPRESSION AND MENTAL HEALTH IN AFRICA I

09:00 - 09:45

The problem of mental health, suicide and depression in South Africa; a clinical overview

Dr Frans Korb, Director, SADAG (South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group), Johannesburg, South Africa


09:45 - 10:15

Suicide related health risk behaviours among school learners in South Africa

Dr Hilda Shilubane, Senior Lecturer, University of Venda, South Africa


10:15 - 11:00

Coffee break


SESSION 2: MANAGING SUICIDE, DEPRESSION AND MENTAL HEALTH IN AFRICA II

11:00 - 12:00

Panel discussion: How can communities in South Africa help to decrease the incidences of mental health problems, depression and suicide

Moderator:
Professor Sylvester C Chima

Panelists:

Dr Frans Korb
Dr Hilda Shilubane


12:00 - 13:00

The ethics of mental health in Africa

Professor Sylvester C Chima


12:00 - 13:00

Panel Discussion: How can communities in South Africa help to decrease the incidences of Mental Health problems, depression and suicide

Moderator:
Prof Sylvester C Chima

Panelists:
Prof Heidi Hjelmeland
Dr Frans Korb
BJ Pillay


13:00 - 14:30

Networking lunch break


SESSION 3: ETHICAL, LEGAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA IN SOUTH AFRICA AND GLOBALLY

14:30 - 15:00

The benefits and risks of cannabis and cannabinoids?

Professor David Ndetei, Professor of Psychiatry and Founding Director of Africa Mental Health Foundation, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya


15:00 - 15:30

Legal implications of Legalizing Marijuana in South Africa

Jared Francis, Industry Relations Manager, SERR Energy, Johannesburg, South Africa


15:30 - 16:00

Interactive panel discussion: ELSI of Cannabis and cannabinoids

Moderator:
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

Panelists:

Dr Harriet Etheredge, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof David Ndetei, Professor of Psychiatry and Founding Director of Africa Mental Health Foundation, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Jared Francis, Industry Relations Manager, SERR Energy, Johannesburg, South Africa


SESSION 4: ETHICS OF ORGAN DONATION IN AFRICA

16:00 - 16:30

Ethics of living donor liver transplant from an HIV-positive to HIV-negative patients: opening up new therapeutic options

Dr Harriet Etheredge, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


16:30 - 17:00

Ethical and cross-cultural issues regarding organ donation in Africa: potential strategies for improving organ donation amongst African populations

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


17:00

Close of conference


CHAIR:

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

SPEAKERS:

  • BJ Pillay, Department of Behavioral Medicine, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Prof David Ndetei, Professor of Psychiatry and Founding Director of Africa Mental Health Foundation, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr Frans Korb, Director, SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group), Johannesburg,
    South Africa
  • Harriet Etheredge Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Prof Heidi Hjelmeland, Professor, Department of Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health
    Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Jared Francis, Industry Relations Manager, SERR Energy, Johannesburg, South Africa