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Epidemiology

The world is a better place thanks to epidemiology. We now know that the contamination of drinking water by sewage systems will lead to the transmission of cholera, many children live healthier lives thanks to vaccines, and mosquito nets spare hundreds of thousands of lives from the scourge of malaria. Epidemiology, the study of population health – who will get ill, when, where, and why – provides the evidence base for public health decisions.

The epidemiology group at KIT Institute supports evidence-informed decision-making. We collaborate with our partners at the national and local levels in low and middle-income countries to transform data into useful information. Our team packages information according to audience needs so that it can be easily understood for decision making.

At KIT, we value the importance of relying on existing data and maximising its potential by triangulating data sources. We value mixed methods research (combining qualitative and quantitative methods) and novel visualisation technologies (e.g. dashboards, mapping, infographics). Since data quality is paramount for good decision-making, we also use approaches and tools for quality assurance in epidemiology.

Capacity-building and knowledge transfer are key to our work with a view to ensuring the sustainability of our support. With decades of experience running accredited MSc programmes and short courses, we offer novel and state-of-the-art teaching methods. We also rely on and promote the use of free open-access and open-source tools wherever possible.

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Our work

  • Electronic Case based Surveillance: Using predictive modelling and real-time data to plan Active TB Case Finding in Pakistan

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    • Project

    Pakistan has one of the highest burdens of tuberculosis (TB) in the world, a disease that infected as many as 10 million people and caused 1.4 million deaths globally in 2019. Around a quarter of the world’s population are thought to be infected with latent TB. The disease can remain dormant for years, until, for example, the immune system is […]

  • BRIDGE – Bridging Research Integrity and Global Health Epidemiology

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    • Project

    The BRIDGE guidelines are good epidemiological practice (GEP) guidelines specifically for global health epidemiology. Why are specific GEP guidelines needed for global health? Research integrity and research fairness have gained considerable momentum in the past decade and have direct implications for global health epidemiology. Existing good epidemiological practice guidelines developed by national epidemiological associations lack […]

  • Tuberculosis Hackathon

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    • Project

    The Tuberculosis Hackathon begins with a question: can we make useful predictive models for sub-national tuberculosis (TB) burden in Pakistan? In partnership with Pakistan’s National Tuberculosis Control Program, KIT’s Centre for Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) is hosting a virtual hackathon to develop novel approaches to predict TB burden. The challenge TB prevalence surveys are usually powered […]

  • Now more than ever, African governments need reliable data

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    • Blog
    • News

    By Sandra Alba, Christina Mergenthaler & Roland Kielman At the end of March 2020, in an interview with the BBC, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia, spoke about the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed almost 5,000 Liberians. “Fear drove people to run, to hide, to hoard to protect their own,” […]

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  • Enabling targeted mass drug administration for schistosomiasis in north-western Tanzania

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    • Publication

    Exploring the use of geostatistical modeling to inform planning at sub-district level Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease in Tanzania affecting over 50% of the population. Current control strategies involve mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns at the district level, which have led to problems of over- and under-treatment in different areas. WHO guidelines have called for […]

  • Improving access to preventive medicine: a data visualization and analysis platform to support microplanning of schistosomiasis control  

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    • Project

    KIT and in country partners are designing a real time monitoring and evaluation platform to facilitate decision making for the control and management of schistosomiasis. This tool will build upon the MATCH methodology that seeks to inform decision making through better use of data.   In the 2021-2030 roadmap, the WHO calls for: With the limited resources available for reducing transmission and […]

  • Bats, parachutes and bridges: How can epidemiologists improve global health research practice?

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    • Publication

    Epidemiologist Sandra Alba is part of a team that developed a new set of guidelines to address issues of research integrity and fairness in international health research collaborations. She explains what the guidelines hope to achieve, and how.

  • Whatever can go wrong, need not go wrong: Open Quality approach for epidemiology

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    • Publication

    Quality assurance is one of the most important aspects of an epidemiological study, as its validity is largely determined by data quality. The mounting success of quality management in the industrial sector caused a rapid spread throughout manufacturing industries and beyond. Yet, little has been published so far on quality assurance in epidemiology. In this article […]

  • Have a Dream and Persevere

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    • News

    Sally-Ann Ohene from Accra, Ghana, has successfully defended her PhD thesis “Assessing Components of the TB Care Cascade in Ghana” at the University of Amsterdam. She was supported on her PhD journey since 2013 by the leader of the Epidemiology team at KIT, Dr Mirjam Bakker. Here she gives us a look at what drives […]

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