A course in „Advanced Epidemiology and Statistics“ was held at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg from the 7th to the 23rd of May 2019. The course was taught by Dr. Matthias Borchert (RKI Berlin). Overall 14 participants from DRC, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Guinea and South-Africa took part in the 15-day course to learn and apply hands-on advanced statistical methods used in epidemiology, including regression analysis, advanced data management and analysis of case-control studies. The contents were conveyed during lectures, interactive and group sessions as well as an assignment and written examination component.
Directly afterwards, from 27th May until 6th June 2019 a second workshop on the topic „Molecular Biology“ was given at NICD, organised by our colleagues from UP and NICD. In total 9 candidates from all 4 ANDEMIA countries participated in the workshop.
During a hands-on training the participants processed human clinical specimen of ANDEMIA patients of South Africa and isolated strains or controls. The scope of the training was to improve skills in the molecular techniques for each of the 3 ANDEMIA syndromes, such as multiplex real-time PCR and application of a macroarray, as well as good laboratory practice, interpretation of results, data storage and quality control.