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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Biostatistics*
  • Capacity Building*
  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Research Personnel / education
  • Research Personnel / supply & distribution*