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Sandra Alba

Department
Epidemiology
Title
Senior Epidemiologist

Sandra Alba, MSc, PhD, is an epidemiologist with a background in medical statistics. She has 15 years’ experience in the application of statistical and epidemiological methods to evaluate global health programmes.

She obtained an MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2006, and soon after joined the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute to evaluate a programme aimed at improving access to malaria treatment in rural Tanzania. After completing her PhD in 2010, she spent two years working as a clinical trial statistician in Switzerland. At the end of 2012 she joined the KIT as an epidemiologist. She has ample experience in designing studies, developing data collection tools, coordinating fieldwork and data management, analyzing data, reporting on study results, and formulating public policy recommendations.

Sandra’s responsibilities at KIT include coordinating epidemiology and statistics courses for the KIT Masters courses in International and Public Health, and she also supervises students’ final year theses.

Description of group’s work

The work of the KIT epidemiology group is focused on strengthening public health activities and disease control programs. Combining expertise in epidemiology, environmental sciences, health information management and geographical information systems (GIS), the group conducts research, provides advisory- and M&E services and develops and offers tailor-made training programs. The group supports training and implementation of evidence-based health care and policy development.

Projects

  • BRIDGE – Bridging Research Integrity and Global Health Epidemiology

    • Institute
    • 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 […]

  • Assessment of implementation and outputs of Afghanistan’s Expanded Program of Immunisations data quality improvement plan

    • Institute
    • Project

    Vaccines have substantially reduced or eliminated many infectious diseases which once killed millions of people. Vaccination programmes not only provide vaccines, but strategic leadership and coordination, cold-chain systems necessary for transport, and programme monitoring and evaluation. Behind every vaccination programme, strong health systems are needed to deliver and scale-up new vaccines and to improve immunisation […]

  • TB REACH: Piloting and Monitoring Innovative Interventions for TB Control

    • Institute
    • Project

    In collaboration with health consultants, KIT Royal Tropical Institute developed an analysis method and monitoring and evaluation tools for measuring the effectiveness of tuberculosis detection innovations. Improving case detection in poor and vulnerable populations Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Globally more than three million people with TB remain undiagnosed each […]

  • Assessment of Tuberculosis under- or over-Reporting through Inventory Studies

    • Institute
    • Project

    We are assessing the completeness of tuberculosis notification data by retrospective analysis of multiple national tuberculosis databases in six selected EU/EEA Member States. This project will provide information on surveillance completeness and quality, an estimate of the incidence of tuberculosis and information on strengths and gaps in the national surveillance system in  six European countries. […]

  • External Evaluation: UNICEF’s “Scaling Up Nutrition and Immunization” Project 2013 – 2016

    • Institute
    • Project

    Between 2013 and 2016 UNICEF worked to strengthen investment in Child Health Days (CHD) in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by enhancing national ownership, scaling-up, and coverage through the “Scaling up Nutrition and Immunization” project – funded by Global Affairs Canada. KIT Royal Tropical Institute was contracted by UNICEF headquarters in New York to conduct an external […]

Publications