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In Boghuma Kabisen Titanji’s ethical standards keynote, she discusses the ethical dilemmas of clinical trials that are being conducted in developing countries.
The need for advanced medicines will always be a prerequisite in the world. People living in developing countries are some of the most vulnerable people, not just in terms of exposure to disease, but to the exploitation of medicine companies according to Titanji. She states that people in clinical trials that are being done in developing countries such as sub-Saharan Africa, are being mistreated by corporations when it comes to conducting their medical researches.
Titanji notes that there isn’t enough knowledge being provided to the test patients in these clinical researches. Since illiteracy and poverty go hand in hand, it’s difficult for most test patients to even comprehend what is being done to them.