"Sustainable statistical capacity building for Africa"
Health research is critical in Sub-Saharan Africa to address the many public health challenges the region currently faces. Biostatisticians play a key role in health research by ensuring the rigorous design and analysis of population representative surveys, clinical trials and other studies, including the development of new statistical methodology. There have been several initiatives implemented to enhance Biostatistics capacity in the region. A key ingredient in several of these successful initiatives has been strong North-South collaborative projects.
Please join us on 29 June 2022 as we present three key initiatives and topics:
1) The Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics Training (SSACAB), which constitutes eleven countries, four research institutes and four northern partners led by the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) South Africa. Prof Tobias Chirwa (Wits, South Africa) will discuss the program's implementation and the impact it has had on capacity in the region.
2) The importance and relevance of online learning platforms and digital education. Prof Ziv Shkedy (Hasselt University) will discuss the importance of sustainable curriculum development using free online platforms which offer training material for teaching and data analysis in Biostatistics, Statistics, or Data science in higher education programs at different levels: undergraduate and master for both statisticians and non-statisticians
3) Dr Tarylee Reddy (SAMRC, South Africa) will discuss the critical role statistical consultation serves in society, methods to enhance statistical consultation skills and the importance of mentoring.
Prof. Paul Janssen (Hasselt University) will introduce and summarize the topics.
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