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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
About Us


The DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) training programme is funded by the Wellcome Trust in partnership with the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA); and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Lead Institution).

The consortium brings together eleven African Universities:

Northern Universities:

with the overall aims of:

  1. Develop, strengthen and implement high quality biostatistics Masters training at the Lead and Partner Institutions.
  2. Provide PhD training to develop expertise, skills, and research leaders of biostatistics in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. Build a sustainable network of biostatisticians and statistically informed researchers within each country through outreach, mentoring and transferring skills, workshops and conferences.
  4. Integrate with International Biostatistics Societies and National Statistical Societies to produce a cadre of internationally trained African biostatisticians

A Word from Professor Tobias Freeman Chirwa

On behalf of all partner institutions, I am honoured to welcome you to the website for the Sub-Saharan Africa Advanced Consortium for Biostatistics (SSACAB) training programme, a Wellcome Trust funded consortium under the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science DELTAS Africa Scheme.

To ensure that data is used to inform public health policy and practice and for the benefit of the people in Sub-Saharan Africa, we need to prioritise the training of African postgraduate biostatisticians who can provide the required analysis to a high standard. In many African countries, there is a shortage of well-trained biostatisticians. The few people that are trained are often overwhelmed. Funding initiatives have hugely increased the volume of high-quality data generated, but there are clear discrepancies between the amount of data and the capacity to analyse it.

DELTAS Africa SSACAB therefore brings together over 20 African and Northern academic and research institutions to develop and improve biostatistical skills among researchers. The ultimate goal of our consortium is to create research nodes of excellence to grow the discipline and a biostatistical network to nurture researchers with advanced skills and expertise. Our consortium emphasises the use of open access data generated through demographic and health surveillance sites and health research in the African region.

It is therefore a critical moment to serve as Programme Director and I look forward to interacting with you. Whether you are our partner, staff, student (alumni, current and prospective), I hope you will explore this website to learn more about our consortium, academic programmes and research. We look forward to hearing from you.