Postgraduate Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics for African Scientists

Two fellowships, funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and GSK, respectively, provide support for two years training in medical statistics. For the first year the successful applicants will study for the MSc degree in Medical Statistics at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (LSHTM). This will be followed by a one-year professional attachment at one of the African centres associated with the research programme of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group (TEG) at LSHTM. During the professional attachment, training Fellows will develop their statistical and research skills by working on studies with guidance from TEG scientists.

This support is intended to foster excellence in the field of medical statistics and epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship will provide costs for fees, stipend (£16,400 per annum) and return air travel.

To be eligible, candidates must:

(i) be resident in and a national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa
(ii) be in possession of an excellent degree in mathematics or statistics
(iii) have at least 1 year of work experience in medical statistics or epidemiology

Support will not be given as a supplement to other funding, nor to students who have funding from other sources.

How to Apply for the Fellowship:

Candidates should complete an application form and provide a curriculum vitae, two references, and an academic transcript. An application form and referee form can be downloaded by clicking on the links.

The closing date for applications is 13th April 2018. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone.

Completed application forms, curriculum vitas, academic transcripts and references should be emailed to: [email protected]

Please include “TEG Fellowship Application” and your name in the subject line.


Further information on the MSc in Medical Statistics can be found on the course page: MSc Medical Statistics

Informal inquiries concerning the scholarship can be made to John Bradley (email: [email protected]).

Informal enquiries concerning the MSc can be made to the Admissions Tutors, Jenny Nicholas and Amy Mulick (email: [email protected])

This is alarming and shocking: Fake processed food becoming an epidemic in Africa

Data focused on the African continent is not as readily available, but what exists is alarming.
  • Recent research by the Confederation of Tanzania Industries estimates that over 50% of all goods, including food, drugs and construction materials, imported into Tanzania are fake. Anecdotal evidence suggests that rates could be between 10% and 50%, depending on the food category and the country.
As an agro-processor and co-founder of Nigeria’s AACE Foods and Sahel Capital, I have observed first-hand the magnitude of the food fraud crises and how supermarket shelves and open-air market stalls are too often stocked with counterfeit products. 
  • In Nigeria there is milk powder with no animal protein
  • In Kenya there is vegetable oil made of recycled oil unfit for human consumption.
  • In Ghana, the palm oil is laced with a food coloring called Sudan IV which is widely recognized as a carcinogen
  • In Uganda, formalin —an embalming agent—is used to keep meat and fish free from flies and seemingly fresh for days
  • Across Africa, there are incidences of plastic rice or nothing more than discarded rice chaff, packaged as high-grade rice, and corn powder dyed with Sudan IV, labeled as chili pepper.
Given that most of the counterfeit products in Africa are staples consumed to fulfill daily dietary needs, they are likely contributing to the rising levels of malnutrition and cancer on the continent

When parents living on just dollars a day believe they are buying their children milk, and that milk has no animal protein, the impacts on child development can be devastating

Indeed, there is no way to know to what extent food fraud is contributing to stunting, which affects 34% of under five-year old African children, with lifelong impacts on physical and intellectual development.

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Job: Statistician, Tanzania - RTI

RTI is seeking a Statistician to provide statistical support to the CDC Tanzania and the PEPFAR interagency team.

Provide assistance to data analysts, research physicians, epidemiologist, behavioral scientist, program managers, and other professional staff collaborating on CDC supported programs including PEPFAR supported Public Health Evaluations, Basic Program Evaluations and other implementation science projects.
Develop and review protocols, development of sampling plans, the application of appropriate statistical methods to the analysis of program and project data, and the implementation of statistical software applications for epidemiological and surveillance activities for HIV/AIDS.

Candidates MUST have:

  • a Ph.D. in Biostatistics and/or Epidemiology or from an accredited college and/or university. 
  • 7+ years of experience in HIV/AIDS, TB, and/or other communicable disease research and/or program settings focused on analysis and use of routinely available data in Tanzania. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, conducting and analyzing research and routine programmatic data. 
  • Specific experience in statistical support, mentoring and capacity building to CDC/USG, Ministry of Health, and implementing partners in the application of statistical methods in the development and implementation of public health research, including the analysis, interpretation, and publication/dissemination of research data. 
  • PEPFAR program experience. 

Tanzanian Nationals encouraged to apply.

Qualified candidates please apply to [email protected] with “Statistician” in the subject line.

Job: Health Policy Advisor to assist CDC Tanzania

RTI is seeking a Health Policy Advisor to assist CDC Tanzania with the management of policy and communication issues, with an emphasis on maximizing the impact of both financial and technical resources participate in three major domains of work within CDC Tanzania: policy coordination, and program management and provide technical assistance and guidance to the USG health team on key health policy issues, including strategic direction for public health programming, sustainability, country ownership, and governance, as well as issues involving internal documentation and external outreach. 

Provide expert analysis of critical health policy issues for CDC and USG and guide the design of policy alternatives to address these challenges. 

Candidates MUST have: 
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Policy, or Public Administration. 
  • 5+ years of experience with public health program implementation and/or research with international experience in global health, particularly with PEPFAR. 
  •  5+ years of experience in health policy, including education and training for health care workers, health systems financing, and health system governance. 
  • 5+ years of experience in public health systems and programs at the facility, district and national levels, an understanding of governmental efforts to decentralize and integrate health services in Tanzania. 
  • 5+years of experience in developing strategies to build human and institutional capacity of host country counterparts and systems, as well as analytical methods to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of capacity building activities. 
  • 3+ years of experience using Microsoft Office word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software; experience with GIS and/or statistical software. 
  • 5+ years of experience working with US Government funding mechanisms and fiduciary requirements of partners and CDC program managers. 
Tanzanian Nationals encouraged to apply. 

Qualified candidates please apply to [email protected] with “Health Policy Advisor” in the subject line.

audio: How "Politics of Oil" changes politics around the world

The following was cross-posted from TruthPoliticsAndPower.or
The boom in oil and gas production in the US has profound effects on the economy and foreign policy – the technology that created the boom, fracking, has industrialized and polluted many communities. In a “Politics of Oil” edition of Truth, Politics and Power, host Neal Conan asks about the trade-offs in the oil and gas glut, about how it changes politics around the world and whether it will delay any transition to clean sources of energy, and thus accelerate the catastrophe of climate change. Also, a conversation about the energy crisis of the 1970s and President Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech

"Act with extreme caution when trading in cryptocurrencies" cautions the Central Bank of Tanzania

The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has warned the public to act with extreme caution when trading in cryptocurrencies.

The central bank is among other East African regulators that have cautioned citizens against the lure of digital currencies, which they say have no legal backing.

The rise of prices of cryptocurrencies prices, especially Bitcoin --the most popular digital currency globally-- has made them appealing.

“BoT considers the recent surge in the prices of cryptocurrencies to be driven by speculation. The risk of a sharp reduction in prices is high. Investors in cryptocurrencies should be aware that they run the risk of losing all their capital,” said Abdul Dolla, BoT’s Assistant Manager, Safe Custody Centre.

While Tanzania has not officially banned Bitcoin, the central bank does regulate cryptocurrency transactions.

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Impact Grants: Gaining Insights from the Clinic

Specific areas of interest
  • Identify pre-ATI predictors of post-treatment control (PTC) or delay to rebound
  • Diversify the HIV cure clinical study population
Proposals MUST:
  • solve challenges that are crucial to HIV cure research
  • use the optimal methodology for the research question
  • distill the workplan down to the necessary and sufficient components
Available funding

1.1 – Meta-analysis of data from completed clinical trials – 1 year, $100,000

1.2 - Addition of an arm to an existing (i.e., already funded, by amfAR or other) clinical trial – 4 years, $300,000

1.3 - Addition of reservoir and outcome analyses to an existing (i.e., already funded, by amfAR or other) clinical trial – 4 years, $100,000

2.1 - Addition of a participant recruitment and retention intervention to an existing clinical trial – 4 years, $50,000

2.2 - Characterization of clinical case studies – 1 year, $75,000

2.3 - Characterization of the reservoir in LMIC settings* – 2 years, $50,000

*see eligibility information in the RFP

Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018 (required)

Click for detailed information and to register for this RFP

LOI Deadline: April 11, 2018

Please feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues who might also be interested in these funding opportunities.

video: Zimbabwe | The Rhodesian Crisis | Julius Nyerere | Tanzania | This Week | 1976 by ThamesTv

An exclusive interview with Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere on the explosive situation in neighbouring Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) - and what the American diplomat Henry Kissinger's told him while he was in South Africa trying and mediate between the the white minority rulers and the black population who are fighting for equality and independence and majority rule.

First shown: 23/09/1976 

If you would like to license a clip from this video please e mail: [email protected] Quote: VT15170