IEA AFRICAN EPIDEMIOLOGY ASSOCIATION
IEA African Epidemiology Association (IEA-AEA) is a regional organisation of epidemiologists in Africa. It aims to represent epidemiologists, to serve its members and strives to create an environment where all health care workers can work together to improve the health of Africans.
Role of IEA in development of Epidemiology.
The promotion of epidemiology as a discipline, its methods and applications have been successful in most countries. IEA co-operates actively with, the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) founded and initially supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) of the United States Centres of Disease Control (CDC). The application of epidemiology to health services research, planning and evaluation as well as to disease control and surveillance has now been accepted in all parts of the world. It is difficult to estimate what the role of the IEA has been in the acceptance of the subject; at the least it has been significant.
IEA African Epidemiology Association (IEA-AEA) is a relatively new organization. It is one the IEA Regional Groups set up according to article 6 of the IEA By-laws. It was inaugurated in Calabar on 13th March 2012. Its parent body IEA was founded in 1954 and was recognized in 1966, by the World Health Organization as a Non-Governmental
Organization. In addition to representation at the World Health Assembly, this affiliation contributed to excellent working relationships with WHO in the planning and execution of its educational programmes.
The constitution of the Organization was adopted on 13th June 2013 at its inaugural meeting at Calabar, Nigeria and subsequently amended 04 June 2014 at Yaoundé, Cameroon. Download the constitution
Within the aims and objectives of the IEA encompassing, according to Article 1 of the Constitution, “the development and use of epidemiological methods in all fields of health”, the aims of the Organisation are in particular to facilitate communication among epidemiologists in Africa, to improve the quality of epidemiological research, to update ethical standards and credentials for epidemiology, and to foster the use of epidemiological research the domains of public health and of clinical medicine.
These aims are pursued by organizing African regional and sub-regional meetings, focused seminars and workshops, training and educational programmes and by offering consulting aids and support in areas of Africa with special needs.
The “Federation” type of structure explicitly recognizes the dynamic role of epidemiological societies active within Africa and intends to promote their collaboration within the IEA framework.
Annual general meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Association coincides with the African Epidemiology Conferences and hosted by the member National Associations.
Board of the Organisation
|Position||First Name||Home Country||Categories|
|IEA Councillor for Africa (chairman)||Dr Newton Kuwenda||Malawi|
|Immediate Past IEA Councillor for Africa||Dr Kingsley K Akinoye||Nigeria|
|Secretary,||Dr Debashis Basu||South Africa||SACEA/ INCLEN|
|Treasurer||Dr Akin O Adebiyi||Nigeria||EPiSON|
|Members||Prof Kabiru Sabitu||Nigeria||President EPiSON|
|Prof BSC Uzochukwu||Nigeria||EPiSON|
|Dr Armand S Nkwescheu||Cameroon||Prident CASE|
|Prof Jimmy Volmink||South Africa||President SACEA|
|Prof Taryn Young||South Africa||Secretary SACEA|
|Dr Catherine Kyobutungi||Kenya||President KEA|
|Dr Elia J Mmbaga||Tanzania||Chairman Tanzania National Chapter|
|Ms Aman-Abimbola||Nigeria||Early Career Epidemiologist|
|Prof Margaret Araoye||Nigeria||Editor AJE|
|Prof Cesar Victora||Brazil||IEA-IPP|