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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304189
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
"Umuntu Ngumumtu Ngabantu:” An Afrocentric Approach to Bioethics
Author(s):
Muoni, T.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
T. Muoni, BScN (Hons), BSc (Hons), MA, tbmuoni@hotmail.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Monday, July 22, 2013

Purpose:

 The purpose of the study was to examine the African ethic of ubuntu as a framework for African bioethics.  The study defines what the terms African and ubuntu mean and describes how ubuntu is applied in the everyday lives of Sub-Saharan African. The study rejects UNESCO's proposal for a normative apporach towards bioethics.

Methods:

 This was a case study. African folktale, African music,  Africcan proverbs, sayings and idioms were used for the study. The study also relied on work already published on global bioethics and ubuntu.

Results:

 Bioethics is relatively new field in Africa. Culture and bioethics are closely related. Ubuntu is a an African philosiphy which for many years has anchored and shaped the African way of living. Ubuntu is a reckonised African concpet which drives and anchors African communities.  It is a concept which promotes oneness and togetherness within African communities. The  Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu epitomizes the concept of ubuntu. Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu means a person is a person through others meaning, that for a person to fluourish, his success can only come through the support of others. Ubuntu is about the community and from this perspective African ethics differs from Western bioethics which promotes individual autonomy. The study determined that ubuntu can be successfully applied to bieothics in an African context.

Conclusion: There is a growing need for bioethics in Africa - but, there is need to ensure that bioethics programmes are culture sensative. Globalizing bioethics is not ideal as it poses a threat to culture and heritage.  Ubuntu has been and still remains the  bedrock for African ethics. Ubuntu has its roots deeply anchored in traditional African life. It is an ancient African concept upon which the certain traditional  African values such as communalism and interdepency are built.

Keywords:
bioethics; Africa; Ubuntu
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"Umuntu Ngumumtu Ngabantu:” An Afrocentric Approach to Bioethicsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMuoni, T.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsT. Muoni, BScN (Hons), BSc (Hons), MA, tbmuoni@hotmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304189-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Monday, July 22, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p> The purpose of the study was to examine the African ethic of ubuntu as a framework for African bioethics.  The study defines what the terms African and ubuntu mean and describes how ubuntu is applied in the everyday lives of Sub-Saharan African. The study rejects UNESCO's proposal for a normative apporach towards bioethics. <p><b>Methods: </b> <p> This was a case study. African folktale, African music,  Africcan proverbs, sayings and idioms were used for the study. The study also relied on work already published on global bioethics and ubuntu. <p><b>Results: </b> <p> Bioethics is relatively new field in Africa. Culture and bioethics are closely related. Ubuntu is a an African philosiphy which for many years has anchored and shaped the African way of living. Ubuntu is a reckonised African concpet which drives and anchors African communities.  It is a concept which promotes oneness and togetherness within African communities. The  Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu epitomizes the concept of ubuntu. Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu means a person is a person through others meaning, that for a person to fluourish, his success can only come through the support of others. Ubuntu is about the community and from this perspective African ethics differs from Western bioethics which promotes individual autonomy. The study determined that ubuntu can be successfully applied to bieothics in an African context. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> There is a growing need for bioethics in Africa - but, there is need to ensure that bioethics programmes are culture sensative. Globalizing bioethics is not ideal as it poses a threat to culture and heritage.  Ubuntu has been and still remains the  bedrock for African ethics. Ubuntu has its roots deeply anchored in traditional African life. It is an ancient African concept upon which the certain traditional  African values such as communalism and interdepency are built.en_GB
dc.subjectbioethicsen_GB
dc.subjectAfricaen_GB
dc.subjectUbuntuen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:30:50Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:30:50Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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