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About the Network

The (Sub-Sahara African Network) SUSAN is a network of national biometric groups of the Sub-Saharan Africa countries who are members of the International Biometric Society. The network promotes the advancement of life sciences through development, application and dissemination of effective mathematical and statistical methods to its members and collaborating partners. This includes applications in agriculture, medical and health research, infectious diseases, environment and ecology, climate, and other applied sciences such as the areas of statistical genetics and bioinformatics.

Participating IBS Regions

  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania

Governance / Committee Structure

The following individuals were named to the SUSAN Executive in September 2021:

CoordinatorProf. Thomas Achia (Kenya Region)

Secretary: Dr. Alhassan Abukari (Ghana Region) 

Treasurer: Wende Safari (Tanzania Region)

Past / Future Planned Network Activities

The Biostatistics Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council organized the recent Joint Conference of the Sub-Saharan Network (SUSAN) of the International Biometrics Society (IBS) and DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB).

The conference program covered a wide range of classical and Bayesian statistical theory and methods, their application to public health, epidemiology, environment, biology, fisheries, official health statistics and stakeholder engagements.

Student / Young Statistician Activities

Young statisticians are welcome at every SUSAN event. No specific activities targeting young statisticians have been announced at this time. For more information on the Network, contact the International Biometric Office.