Training & engagement

IDDO works with the VL research community to ensure that the community are involved in important decisions regarding the VL research theme and analysis of data. We encourage and advocate for the involvement of data contributors in secondary analysis, particularly those in endemic/ low- and middle-income countries. 

Credit: WWARN
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Credit: WWARN

We are committed to training and capacity strengthening to address resource gaps and have delivered a number of workshops to develop skills in data management and statistics.  

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.

We will encourage researchers using VL data to form collaborative study groups which engage the primary researchers/ data contributors in the analysis of pooled data and the writing of manuscript(s). This will help researchers to develop the skills necessary for pooled analysis, and minimise the risk that secondary research could be flawed due to bias or misinterpretation of data.

The engagement of the VL research community in the design and implementation of the VL research theme ensures that the interests of participants, their communities and the researchers who work to improve their health inform the development of this important work.