Dr Patrick Okonta is an Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences of the Delta State University, Abraka and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist in the Delta State University Teaching Hospital Abraka. Until very recently, he was the Chair of the Health Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital. He received a masters degree training in research ethics through a Fogarty grant administered by the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI). He is a member of the Ethics and Community engagement working group of the H3Africa Consortium.