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Stat Med. 2015 Nov 30;34(27):3481-9. doi: 10.1002/sim.6572. Epub 2015 Jul 3.

The Africa Center for Biostatistical Excellence: a proposal for enhancing biostatistics capacity for sub-Saharan Africa.

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1
Biostatistics Unit, Center for Evidence-based Health Care, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.
2
Center for Evidence Based Health Care, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.
3
Department of Community Medicine, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.
4
Department of Public Health, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia.
5
Discipline of Public Health Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
6
Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, U.K.
7
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K.
8
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
9
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.

Abstract

Sub-Saharan Africa has a shortage of well-trained biomedical research methodologists, in particular, biostatisticians. In July 2014, a group of biostatisticians and researchers from the region attended a brainstorming workshop to identify ways in which to reduce the deficit in this critical skill. The workshop recognized that recommendations from previous workshops on building biostatistics capacity in sub-Saharan Africa had not been implemented. The discussions culminated with a proposal to setup an Africa Center for Biostatistical Excellence, a collaborative effort across academic and researcher institutions within the region, as a vehicle for promoting biostatistics capacity building through specialized academic masters programs as well as regular workshops targeting researchers.

KEYWORDS:

biostatistics; capacity building; center of excellence; collaboration; research; sub-Saharan Africa

PMID:
26137996
PMCID:
PMC4626271
DOI:
10.1002/sim.6572
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