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). The consortium composed of 11 African Universities including the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zambia, University of Namibia, University of Stellenbosch, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, University of Malawi, University of Makerere, University of Nairobi, University of Kinshasa, University of Ghana and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). It also includes Research Institutions such as The South African Medical Research Council, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, and Human Sciences Research Council. The Northern Universities include: the University of Northumbria, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme.
The overall aims:
- Develop, strengthen and implement high-quality biostatistics Masters training at the Lead and Partner Institutions.
- Provide Ph.D. training to develop expertise, skills, and research leaders of biostatistics in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Build a sustainable network of biostatisticians and statistically informed researchers within each country through outreach, mentoring, and transferring skills, workshops, and conferences.
- Integrate with International Biostatistics Societies and National Statistical Societies to produce a cadre of internationally trained African biostatisticians
The SSACAB program started in March 2016 and will end on 30 June 2021. It is a capacity-building program. At KCMUCo/Tanzania SSACAB has supported 13 masters and 2 Ph.D. as summarized below.
|MSc in Epidemiology & Applied Biostatistics (2018-2020) graduates: KCMUCo, Tanzania|
|1||Ola Johanpour||Increasing trend of exclusive breastfeeding over 12 years period (2002–2014) among women in Moshi, Tanzania||Female|
|2||Nathaniel H. Kalengo||Recurrence rate of preterm birth and associated factors among women who delivered at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical centre in Northern Tanzania: a registry based cohort study||Male|
|3||Ummy||“Factors associated with malaria infection among children after distribution of long-lasting piperonyl butoxide-treated insecticidal net (PBO LLIN) in Muleba-North West Tanzania”||Female|
|1||Masanja Robert||Determinants of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy Completion among People Living with HIV Attended Care and Treatment from 2013 to 2017 in Tanzania. A cross-sectional analytical study||Male|
|2.||Mashavu H. Yussuf||Trends and changes in modern contraceptive use among women aged 15–49 years in Tanzania from 2004–2016: Multivariate Poisson Decomposition Analysis||Female|
|3||Martin B. Mjuni||Time interval to modern contraceptive use following child birth among reproductive women in Tanzania: Evidence from Tanzania Demographic Health Survey2015/16||Male|
|4||Victoria Barabona||Pattern and Factors associated with Time to HIV Serostatus Disclosure among pregnant women living with HIV in Moshi urban, Kilimanjaro region||Female|
|5||Elizabeth Kasagama||Factors associated with changes in adequate antenatal care visits among pregnant women aged 15-49 years in Tanzania from 2004 to 2016.||Female|
|6||Edwin Msheiguza||Inequalities in stunting among under five children in Tanzania: Decomposing the Concentration Indexes using Demographic Health Surveys from 2004/5 to 2015/6||Male|
|1||Regina Michael||Prenatal co-exposure to chemical elements and associated adverse birth outcomes among women in mining communities in Geita-Tanzania 2015-2017.||Female|
|2||Sophia Adam Kagoye||“Trends and factors associated with changes in unmet need for modern contraception among sexually active adolescent girls and young women in Tanzania (2004-2016)”||Female|
|3||Octavian Aron Ngoda||Trends and factors associated with adolescent pregnancies and repeated pregnancies in Tanzania: Evidence from Tanzania demographic and health survey, 2004/05 – 2015/16.||Male|
|4||Baraka Revocatus||Prevalence and Factors associated with uptake of HIV Testing and Counselling and Anti-Retroviral Therapy services among residents in Magu district- Mwanza-Tanzania||Male|
|PhD Supported students|
|1||Innocent Mboya (2018-2021)||Joint predictors of preterm birth and perinatal death among singleton birth in northern Tanzania based on zonal referral hospital birth registry data between 2000 and 2017||Male|
|2||Ola Farid Jahanpour (2019-2022)||Spatial and spatio-temporal variation of the proportion and determinants of exclusive breastfeeding in Tanzania 1991-2016||Female|
- Jahanpour OF, Msuya SE, Todd J, Stray-Pedersen B, Mgongo M. Increasing trend of exclusive breastfeeding over 12 years period (2002–2014) among women in Moshi, Tanzania. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2018) 18:471.
- Kalengo NH, Sanga LA, Philemon RN, Obure J, Mahande MJ (2020) Recurrence rate of preterm birth and associated factors among women who delivered at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Northern Tanzania: A registry based cohort study. PLoS ONE 15(9): e0239037.
- Robert M, Todd J, Ngowi BJ, Msuya SE, Ramadhani A, Sambu V. et al. Determinants of isoniazid preventive therapy completion among people living with HIV attending care and treatment clinics from 2013 to 2017 in Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania. A cross-sectional analytical study. BMC Infectious Diseases (2020) 20:276 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-020-04997-6.
- Yussuf MH, Elewonibi BR, Rwabilimbo MM, Mboya IB, Mahande MJ (2020) Trends and predictors of changes in modern contraceptive use among women aged 15–49 years in Tanzania from 2004–2016: Evidence from Tanzania Demographic and Health Surveys. PLoS ONE 15(6): e0234980. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234980
- Rwabilimbo MM, Elewonibi BR, Yussuf MH, Robert M, Msuya SE, Mahande MJ (2021) Initiation of postpartum modern contraceptive methods: Evidence from Tanzania demographic and health survey. PLoS ONE 16(3): e0249017. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249017
- Edwin Musheiguza, Mahande MJ; Elias Malamala; Sia E Msuya; Festo Charles; Rune Philemon; Melina Mgongo. Inequalities in stunting among under-five children in Tanzania: Decomposing the Concentration Indexes using Demographic Health Surveys from 2004/5 to 2015/6. International Journal for Equity in Health (2021) 20:46 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-021-01389-3
- Mboya IB, Mahande MJ, Obure J, Mwambi HG. Predictors of perinatal death in the presence of missing data: A birth registry-based study in northern Tanzania. PLoS ONE (2020)15 (4): e0231636. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0231636
- Mboya IB, Mahande MJ, Mohammed M, et al (2020). Prediction of perinatal death using machine learning models: a birth registry-based cohort study in northern Tanzania. BMJ Open 2020; 10:e040132. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2020-040132
- Mboya IB, Mahande MJ, Obure J, Mwambi HG (2021) Predictors of singleton preterm birth using multinomial regression models accounting for missing data: A birth registry-based cohort study in northern Tanzania. PLoS ONE 16(4): e0249411. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0249411.