The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), in collaboration with the African Union-Africa CDC and EPHI, has offered the first round 5 days training for participants from East Africa countries. The training, conducted from 5th to 9th of September, invited 14 countries of Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Eritrea, Comoros, Somali, Seychelles, Tanzania, and Mauritius. The training aimed to let participants understand GBD estimates, details of methods and data sources, data quality and gaps of data, creating collaboration for scientific informed decision making across East Africa countries.
The training was given by experts from the IHME on different issues including: demographics, causes of death, non-fatal health outcomes, risk factors, and policy applications. Practical experiences and success stories of EPHI’s National Data Management and Analytics Centre (NDMC) was shared and inspired many participants to amalgamate an enhanced data management system within their respective countries.