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Advancing Public Health Research in Eastern Africa through Data Science Training (APHREA-DST)

The following grant was awarded by, is supported by, is administered by or is in partnership with the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Fogarty Program

Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa)

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Advancing Public Health Research in Eastern Africa through Data Science Training (APHREA-DST)

Principal Institution

Columbia University

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Berhane, Kiros T.; Bekele, Rahel; Weke, Patrick Oloo

Project Contact Information

ktb2132@cumc.columbia.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2021-2026

Country

Ethiopia; Kenya

Collaborators

Addis Ababa University; University of Nairobi

NIH Partners

OD/NIH; NIEHS

Project Description

The unprecedented availability of increasingly complex, voluminous, and multi-dimensional data and the emergence of data science as a field to harness it provide ideal opportunities to address the multi-faceted public health challenges faced by countries in sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is a severe lack of well-trained data scientists and home-grown educational programs to enable context-specific training. This project plans to establish sustainable research training programs and to train a new generation of data scientists with skills, knowledge, mentoring, professional skills, and research immersion to position them for rigorous, biomedically grounded, and ethically conscious public health data science practice.

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