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PRACTICAL STATISTICAL ANALYSIS FOR DECISION MAKERS IN HEALTHCARE AND DONOR FUNDING FOR HEALTH RESEARCH WORKSHOP

September 19 - September 20

Introduction

This workshop is in two (2) parts. The first part covers medical statistics for health decision makers. The second part focus donor grants funding for health research in Ghana and the procedure in accessing them for the various health organizations (hospitals, clinics, local authorities, and so on).

 

Part 1 – Practical Statistical Analysis for Decision Makers

Ghanaians (and Africans) are bombarded with statistical data each and every day, and healthcare professionals are no exception. All segments of healthcare rely on data provided by insurance companies, consultants, research firms, and the government to help them make a host of decisions regarding the delivery of health services. But while these health professionals rely on data, do they really make the best use of the information? Not if they fail to understand whether the assumptions behind the formulas generating the numbers make sense. Not if they don’t understand that the world of healthcare is flooded with inaccurate, misleading, and even dangerous statistics.

 

Practical Statistical Analysis for Decision Makers in Healthcare: Workshop will explain the fundamental concepts of statistics, as well as their common uses and misuses. Nationally renowned Professor of Statistics, Prof. Nicholas N.N. Nsowah-Nuamah presents a clear verbal and visual explanation of what statistics really do.

 

Prof. Nicholas N.N. Nsowah-Nuamah’s presentation will cover on medical statistics dealing with the applications of statistics to medicine and the health sciences, including epidemiology, public health, forensic medicine, and clinical research. It will also cover applications in pharmacy including pharmaceutical statistics and its application to matters concerning the issues of design of experiments, to analysis of drug trials, to issues of commercialization of a medicine.

 

Applications will cover the following:

  • Incidence (epidemiology) vs. Prevalence vs. Cumulative incidence

All types of medical test results can be true positive or false positive and true negative or false negative…

Transmission rate vs. Force of infection, Mortality rate vs. Standardized mortality ratio vs. Age-standardized mortality rate, Pandemic vs. Epidemic vs. Endemic vs. Syndemic, Serial interval vs. Incubation period, Cancer cluster, Sexual network, Years of potential life lost, Maternal mortality rate, Peri-natal mortality rate, Low Birth weight ratio.

  • Health statistics analysis as a tool for policy formulation;
  • Providing essential health and social data; and
  • Case studies and practical cases.

Expected Benefits for the Participants/Participating Organizations   

  1. Participants will know consumer market characteristics such as age, sex, race, income and disabilities. They can predict what type of services that people are using and the level of care that is affordable to them;
  2. Participants will be able to manage their organizations well to production efficiency and allocation. Valid statistical information minimizes the risks of health care trade-offs;
  3. It will help pharmaceutical and technology companies in developing product lines that meet the needs of the populations they serve;
  4. They will know how to measure performance targets to determine successes and failures as well as remedial actions to be taken to correct deviations.

Part 2 – Donor Funding for Health Research

We will introduce all the participating institutions/organizations to available donor grants funding for health related research (for both individual benefits and for corporate bodies). Presentations will cover:

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

  • The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease (TDR)
  • Clinical Research and Development Fellowships
  • Empowerment training and fellowships
  • Australian AID Regional Development Scholarships
  • Asian Development Bank, Japan scholarship program
  • Japan Student Services Organization
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants/fellowship information
  • Institute Pasteur Post-doctoral grants

Research Grants

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Grand Challenges in Global Health (For organizations and academic institutions)
  • DFID/UKaid Implementation Research Platform
  • European Commission Research Directorate General: Infectious Diseases Unit, Research Framework Programme 7 (2007-2013)
  • Grand Challenges Canada, Stars in Global Health
  • International Development Research Center (IDRC)
  • Ecosystem approaches to Human Health Program
  • Canadian Partnership Program
  • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)” program
  • Medical Research Council/Welcome Trust/DFID Joint Global Health Trials scheme
  • Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA)
  • Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP)
  • Tropical Medicine Research Centers
  • Empowerment training and fellowships
  • Research on neglected priority needs for infectious diseases of poverty
  • WPRO Joint Small Grants Program for Operational Research in Communicable Diseases

Country-Specific Grant Opportunities

Benefits of the Workshop

  1. Funding sources of donor grants specific to your needs and how to access them;
  2. Accessing them, the proposal and implementation; and
  3. Collaborations for accessing these grants.

 

Profile of the Facilitator – Prof. Nicholas N.N.N Nsowah-Nuamah, Professor of Statistics

Prof. Nicholas N.N.N Nsowah-Nuamah is a former Government Statistician of the Republic of Ghana, a former Director of the Institute of Stat., Social and Econ. Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, a lecturer at the Department of Statistics of the University of Ghana, immediate past Interim Vice Chancellor of Kumasi Technical University (formerly Kumasi Polytechnic) and the currently the President of the Regent University College of Science and Technology.

He is Ghanaian scholar and professor of statistics and a Fellow of Royal Statistical Society of the United Kingdom, a Member of the American Statistical Society, the International Statistical Institute, the International Association of Official Statisticians, the International Association of Survey Statisticians, the International Association of Statistical Computing, the International Association for Statistical Education, the International Society of Business and Industrial Statistics and the Ghana Statistical Association.

He was a Visiting Professor/Scientist of the Department of Statistics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia between 2002 to 2004, a Junior Associate (Mathematics Section) Abdus Salam International Centre, Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste in Italy between 1991 to 1999.

He has received International Research Awards including Visiting Scientist, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy: November, 1989 – January, 1990 and Visiting Scientist, (ICTP), Trieste, Italy:  November, 1990 –  January, 1991. He has received prizes awards including the Lenin Prize (Highest award) for Best Student (for three consecutive years) and the Prize winner of National Inter-Institutional Competition on M.Sc. dissertation: awarded for 1982/83 academic year by the Ministry of Higher Education of the then USSR and then also a Prize winner of the then Republic of Ukraine Competition on Students’ Scientific Research works: awarded in 1983/84 for 1982/83 academic year by the Ministry of Higher Education of the then USSR. 

He is also the recipient of the following Honours including Included in the Marquis WHO’s WHO in the World in 1996 and Certificate of Honour (Senior Citizen) awarded alongside and in the presence of His Excellency, J.A.Kufour, President of the Republic of Ghana on October 21, 2007 at Dunkwa-Offin by Denkyira Traditional Council.

Workshop Details

Date:                                       September 19 – 20, 2018

Venue:                                    British Council, Accra

Participation Fees:               For Ghanaian Participants, GH¢1,050 per participant and US$350 per participants for Non-Ghanaian participants.

Accommodation is available on request.

To participate, please complete and send back the attached form and send back to bsa@accamail.com or to the address below together with the cheque for participation fee drawn in the name of BS Africa Limited. Payments can also be made by bank transfer to the following bank details:

Account Name :           BS Africa Limited

Bank Name:                  Ecobank Ghana Limited

Account Number:        038 001 4428 33 5801

Please come along with pay-in-slip to the workshop for your official receipt.

 

Nomination Form

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Details

Start:
September 19
End:
September 20
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