Kano and The Constant Gardener

I was talking with my Hausa instructor this morning about movies we liked.  I mentioned The Constant Gardener.  She hadn’t heard of it, so I told her about the plot.  She cut me off half-way through, and said, “This happened in Kano.”

I just did some Google-ing, and it turns out the film was inspired by Meningitis drug tests Pfizer did in Kano in 1996.  Can anyone point me to a good overview of what happened, that gets beyond this Wikipedia entry?

3 thoughts on “Kano and The Constant Gardener

  1. Kurtis

    I looked into it after seeing the movie and found quite a lot of news stories that I can’t seem to find now, but try scholar.google.com and searching for pfizer kano.

  2. Shelby Post author

    Thanks, Kurtis. I just came across this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/06/AR2006050601338.html An excerpt:

    The panel said an oral form of Trovan, the Pfizer drug used in the test, had apparently never been given to children with meningitis. There are no records documenting that Pfizer told the children or their parents that they were part of an experiment, it said. An approval letter from a Nigerian ethics committee, which Pfizer used to justify its actions had been concocted and backdated by the company’s lead researcher in Kano, the report said.

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