Training & engagement

One of our key objectives is to facilitate collaboration, training and capacity strengthening in emerging infections research. We facilitate a number of training and engagement activities to ensure that the Platform design supports researchers in Ebola-affected countries to make best use of the data assembled.

IDDO's first group of trainee data managers from Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2018
IDDO's first group of trainee data managers from Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2018

Our focus on training and capacity strengthening supports the development of data managers, researchers and policy makers in Ebola-affected countries to curate and analyse Platform data to produce new evidence for policy impact. These collaborators, trainees and fellows have provided critical input into the Platform Research Agenda, data management process and governance framework.

Activities include:

  • IDDO hosted a group of data management trainees from Liberia and Sierra Leone to develop skills and methods to standardise diverse data. Trokon Yeabah and Tamba Fayiah from the National Public Health Institute Liberia, and Musa Feika from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation were based at the IDDO office for a month of intensive training with our data team at the University of Oxford. Their skilled input is now supporting the curation of Platform data as a part of our Ebola data team.
  • Dr Mahamoud Sama Cherif, a clinician and clinical researcher from Guinea, undertook a 12-month Clinical Research and Development Fellowship based at IDDO. This opportunity, funded by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), included training and mentorship in data management, clinical research and biostatistical analysis. Dr Cherif also worked on the Ebola Research Agenda and contributed to the development of an equitable governance framework for the Platform
  • IDDO hosted a workshop on Improving Research Data to Inform Better Treatment of Poverty-Related Infectious Diseases in in Nairobi, Kenya, in January 2018. The workshop was attended by more than 50 data managers, biostatisticians and researchers, primarily from sub-Saharan Africa. This activity was supported by funding from the British Council and the Newton Fund Researcher Links scheme.
  • Dr Julius Gilayeneh, a physician from Liberia, undertook his MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University Oxford and conducted his thesis with the support of IDDO on the use of Ebola evidence to inform the development of treatment guidelines during the 2014–16 West African Ebola outbreak. Julius’s work on understanding Liberia’s Ebola research priorities continues to advance the Ebola research theme.

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