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


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

08:45 - 09:45

Keynote: Why Africa needs to start focusing on the neglected issue of mental health

Prof Heidi Hjelmeland


09:45 - 10:15

Depression in African women presenting for psychological services at a general hospital

Prof BJ Pillay


10:15 - 11:00

Coffee break


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

11:00 - 11:30

The Problem of mental health, suicide and depression in South Africa: An overview

Dr Frans Korb


11:30 - 12:00

The ethics of mental health in Africa

Prof 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?

Prof David Ndetei


15:00 - 15:30

Legal implications of Legalizing Marijuana in South Africa

Jared Francis


15:30 - 16:00

Interactive panel discussion: ELSI of Cannabis and cannabinoids

Moderator:
Prof Sylvester C Chima

Panelists:
Prof David Ndetei
Jared Francis


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

Harriet Etheredge


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


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