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Past Events

[African Academy of Sciences Link]

The DELTAS Africa health research leadership capacity development programme will convene its Third Annual Grantees Meeting and Scientific Conference from July 15-18 2019 at the King Fadh Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. The Conference will provide a platform for DELTAS Africa Fellows and researchers at the Masters, Doctoral, Post-Doctoral and Senior Research Fellowship levels to present findings of current research.

The meeting will be attended by participants from the broad DELTAS Africa research community, partner institutions, DELTAS funding institutions and other invited guests. Findings will be shared through oral and poster presentations of original research work and findings, plenary talks and symposia, and Conference Proceedings will be published in AAS Open Research.


Both conceptual and domain-specific abstracts are invited from DELTAS Africa Fellows, Principal Investigators and affiliated scientists and researchers, as well as from research partners, from across DELTAS Africa thematic areas, including but not limited to:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens
  • Community and Public Engagement
  • DELTAS Learning and Research
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Health Research Policy
  • Health Research Systems
  • Infection, Immunity and Immunology
  • Malaria Eradication and Genomics
  • Maternal and Neonatal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Non-Communicable Disease
  • ONE Health
  • Planetary health
  • Population Health
  • Programme Risk Management
  • Research Consortia Management
  • Research systems and management
  • Supervision and Mentorship in Health Research
  • TB and HIV

Papers with new findings, papers in submission and already published papers are eligible. Selected papers will be invited for oral and poster presentations. All Papers will be published as conference proceedings in AAS Open Research.

Schedule and Deadlines

Abstract Format Requirements

Scientific abstracts including a non-technical or lay summary for non-technical audience may be submitted through https://aasishango.ccgranttracker.com/


The complete title should be brief and clearly indicate the content.


Initials and surnames for every author must be provided. Do not include degrees or titles. The name of the presenting author should be underlined. An author’s name appearing on more than one abstract must be identical in each case.


Institutional affiliations must be provided under authors’ names. Each author must be listed by institution, city, state/province and country. Do not include department, division, laboratory, etc. In abstracts where the authors have different affiliations, please indicate for each author the number of the corresponding affiliation.

Scientific Abstract

Abstracts will be reproduced exactly as submitted and will not be edited. Abbreviations should be standard and kept to a minimum. Spell out unusual abbreviations or acronyms in parentheses after first use. Do NOT identify author(s) or institution(s) in the text.

Make the abstract as informative as possible. Organise the body of the abstract as follows:

  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Non-technical or lay abstract

Use simple and non-technical language to communicate your research summary to people who do not have prior knowledge about the subject.

For further information or inquires, contact: Dr Alphonsus Neba at a.neba@aasciences.ac.ke

IBSUSAN 2019 Link

The Biostatistics Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council http://ibssusan2019.samrc.ac.za/ is pleased to invite you to attend the Joint Conference of the Sub-Saharan Network (SUSAN) of the International Biometrics Society (IBS) and DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) training programme in Cape Town, South Africa from the 8th - 11th of September 2019.

The conference program will cover a wide range of classical and Bayesian statistical theory and methods, their application to public health, epidemiology, environment, biology, fisheries, official health statistics and stakeholder engagements.

Important Dates

Early Registration

1 April - 30 June 2019


Late Registration

1 July - 31 August 2019


Abstract Submission

12 February - 30 April 2019


Abstract Review

1 May - 31 May 2019

Abstract Notification

10 June 2019

Conference Registration

1 April - 31 August 2019


8-11 September 2019 the joint conference of the of the Sub-Saharan Network (SUSAN) of the International Biometrics Society (IBS) and DELTAS Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) took place at the South African Medical Research Council in Cape Town. The conference was attended by about 190 delegates from various biostatistical networks with the majority coming from the DELTAS Africa SSACAB Consortium’s MSc and PhD Fellows. The conference program covered a wide range of classical and Bayesian statistical theory and their application to public health, health statistics and stakeholder engagements and offered a platform for junior SSACAB researchers to showcase their research and engage in networking and skills-based workshops with African and international scholars. Three DELTAS Africa SSACAB MSc and PhD Fellows scooped prizes for the posters and oral presentations at the joint conference. Two PhD Fellows Mr. Collins Okoyo and Ms. Susan Gachau from the Kenya Wellcome Trust Research Programme and registered with the University of Nairobi had a tie in the Second prize for the best Oral presentation. Their presentation titles were “Mathematical Modeling of the Interruption of the Transmission of Soil Transmitted Helminths Infections in Kenya” and “Multiple imputation of clinician-level covariates applied in modelling quality of clinician-prescribed care: Sensitivity analysis of departure from Missing at Random (MAR) assumption” respectively. For the Posters, Mr Qondeni Ndlangamandla from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science won the First prize for his Poster presentation. His presentation was titled ”Modeling Anemia in Children under five in Tanzania and Angola.” The Fellows were commended for their hard work and using innovative biostatistical techniques in their research.

The subsequent Annual General Meeting of SSACAB highlighted the impact of the African Academy of Sciences/ AESA Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training, and Science (DELTAS) Africa initiative for the development of accredited Master level teaching programs in Biostatistics in Sub-Saharan Africa, development of a cadre of PhD level statisticians and the opportunities for online learning opportunities.

  • Upcoming workshop Machine Learning at Wits School of Public Health, Johannesburg, South Africa from 4-8 November 2019(Application) (Pamphlet)
  • SSACAB Partner Training Institution UKZN Methodology Enhancement Workshop by Prof Andreas Ziegler from 11- 13 November 2019, Pietermaritzburg Campus, Durban, South Africa(Download)
  • SSACAB teaching Biostatistics Courses at the Malaria Research Capacity Development (MARCAD) Consortium in West and Central Africa, Cameroon (Download)
  • The India Alliance Annual Fellows Meeting will be held from June 13 to June 15, 2019 at ITC Windsor, Bengaluru.
  • The African Academy of Sciences DELTAS Africa Scientific Conference will be held from 15 to 18 July2019 in Dakar, Senegal.
  • The joint Sub-Saharan Africa Network (SUSAN) of International Biometrics Society (IBS) and DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) Scientific Conference will be held from 8 to 11 September 2019 at the state-of-the-art conference facilities of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • The SSACAB Annual General Meeting (AGM), Executive Committee Meeting and the Technical Advisory Group Meeting will be held from 12 to 14 September 2019 at the state-of-the-art conference facilities of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) in Cape Town, South Africa.