We hosted our first group of trainee data managers at the end of 2018 from Liberia and Sierra Leone, and their skilled input is now boosting our Ebola data team. It is all part of the launch of the Ebola Data Platform in Sierra Leone and Liberia – a collaborative effort across Ebola-affected countries, international aid organisations, and IDDO. Trokon Yeabah and Tamba Fayiah from Liberia, and Musa Feika from Sierra Leone were based at the IDDO office for a month of intensive training with our data team here in Oxford. This was part of a capacity building programme aimed at providing a central data repository to facilitate higher-powered analyses and advance the understanding of Ebola ahead of future outbreaks.
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) includes training and mentorship in data management, clinical research and biostatistical analysis. Dr Cherif also worked on the Ebola research agenda.
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.