Dr Ghaiath Mohamed Abas Hussein MBBS, MHSc. (Bioethics)

Dr Ghaiath Mohamed Abas Hussein

Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Medicine, Ethics, Society and History (MESH)
Public Health Builiding
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD title: Ethical issues related to the research undertaken during armed conflicts. Case study of Darfur, west Sudan.

Supervisors: Prof Angus Dawson (Lead), and Prof Heather Draper

Ghaiath Hussein is a doctoral researcher in Medicine, Ethics, Society and History (MESH) at the School of Population and Health Sciences. His work primarily focuses on the ethical issues that face the research undertaken during man-made disasters, specifically armed conflicts. His case study focuses on research that was undertaken during the armed conflict in Darfur between 2004 and 2012.


  • MHSc in Bioethics, University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics, Canada, 2008
  • First Part of the Clinical MD in Community Medicine, Sudan Medical Specialization Board, 2006
  • MBBS, University of Al-Zaem Alazhary, Sudan, 2002


Some of the teaching experiences that Ghaiath Hussein had include:

  • Instructor, Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (http://www.tephinet.org/) (2011-date)
  • Assistant professor of bioethics, faculty of medicine – King Fahad Medical City, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (June 2010 – Sep. 2012)
  • Visiting Lecturer & Examiner on medical ethics for the Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia (October 2010 – Sep. 2012)
  • Visiting Lecturer & Examiner on medical ethics for the Faculty of Medicine, Tabuk University, Saudi Arabia (Feb. 2011 - Sep. 2012)
  • Course instructor of Ethical Issues in Community Medicine Practice, Joint Program for Community and Family Medicine, KSA (Dec. 2009)
  • Facilitator in the online Public Health Ethics Course with Prof. Dick Heller, People’s Uni (http://courses.peoples-uni.org/course/view.php?id=74  
  • Course Instructor and facilitator of the Course on Ethical Issues in Psychology and Counseling, Ahfad University for Women (Sudan, April-May 2009)
  • Visiting lecturer on medical ethics and research ethics in the African International University (Sudan 2008)
  • Facilitator on ethical issues during disasters in the Course on Disaster Management (Ahfad University for Women, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, (Sudan, Jan. 2009)
  • Member of the Research Ethics Review Board for Determinants of Health Course students' projects. Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (Dec. 07-Feb. 08)
  • Facilitator in the Workshop on Developing Proposals for Research on Patients' Safety, Azhary Uni. (2008)
  • Tutor on ethical issues in Obstetrics and Gynecology for University of Toronto medical students (Dec.’07)
  • Tutor in sessions on Breaking Bad News for University of Toronto medical students (April, 2008)
  • National trainer/facilitator on Research Ethics (Sudan, June 2007 – present)


Ghaiath Hussein is a member of:

The European Cooperation for Science and Technology (COST), Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) Action (Feb. 2013-present)

The International Association for Education in Ethics housed in the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA (May 2011 – present)

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (individual membership; 2012-present)


AlKabba, A., Hussein, G., Kasule, O., Jarallah, J., Alrukban, M., & Alrashid, A. 2013, "Teaching and evaluation methods of medical ethics in the Saudi public medical colleges: cross-sectional questionnaire study", BMC Medical Education, vol. 13, no. 1, p. 122

Alkabba AF, Hussein GM, Albar AA, Bahnassy AA, Qadi M. The major medical ethical challenges facing the public and healthcare providers in Saudi Arabia. J Fam Community Med 2012;19:1-6. URL: http://www.jfcmonline.com/text.asp?2012/19/1/1/94003

Alkaabaa A, Hussein GM. Democratization of medical education is needed to effective teaching of bioethics. J Med Liban 2011 ; 59 (1). URL:http://lebanesemedicaljournal.org/articles/59-1/doc7.pdf

G Hussein,When Ethics Survive Where People Do Not. Public Health Ethics (2010) 3(1): 72-77, March 18, 2010 doi:10.1093/phe/phq00. URL: http://phe.oxfordjournals.org/content/3/1/72.full

G Hussein,The Sudan Experience, J Acad Ethics (2008) 6:289–293. DOI 10.1007/s10805-009-9077-0. Article URL: www.springerlink.com/index/g1540u04773716vk.pdf

G Hussein,Democracy: the forgotten challenge for bioethics in the developing countries, BMC Medical Ethics 10 (2009) 3. Doi: 10.1186/1472-6939-10-3. Article URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/10/3

G.M.A. Hussein (2011). Ethical Issues in the Review and Conduct of Research during Active Conflicts: Reflections from Darfur, West Sudan. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 26 , pp s33-s34 doi:10.1017/S1049023X11001208

G.M.A. Hussein (2013) Consent for research and research-like activities during human-made disasters: Ethical principles and practical challenges. Accepted abstract for the 18th World Congress for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Manchester, UK.