The International Epidemiological Association-African Epidemiology Association now has over 200 members in Africa who follow the aims of the Association to facilitate communication among epidemiologists in Africa, improve the quality of epidemiological research, update ethical standards and credentials for epidemiology, and foster the use of epidemiological research in the domains of public health and of clinical medicine.
These aims are pursued by organizing IEA – African Epidemiology Association 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.
Members are accepted without regard to race, religion, sex, political affiliation or country of origin.
Board of the IEA African Epidemiology Association
Chair/Regional Councilor: Akindele Olupelumi Adebiyi
Department of Community Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology unit, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, University College Hospital Compound, Ibadan, Nigeria
Early Career Epidemiologist Council Member:
Council Member Membership):
Council Member (Training):
Council member (Research):
IEA President (Advisor):
Past Regional Councilor: Newton Kumwenda
The African Epidemiological Federation ( AEF ) was officially launched on 13 March, 2012, in Calabar, Nigeria. AEF was launched during the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Epidemiological Association meeting of Nigeria ( EPISON ). The Federation was declared by Past President of IEA, Professor Neil Pierce. In attendance were the African Regional Councilor, IEA, Dr Kingsley Akinroye and the President of the Public Health Association of Nigeria, Professor Obehi Okojie. AEF delegates from Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa and Nigeria were also present. Over 150 participants from Nigeria attended the EPISON meeting.
The African Epidemiological Federation was created for the following reasons:
• To promote the vision and mission of IEA in the African Region
• To promote educational and training programs through organisation of National, Regional conferences, seminars, workshops for all professional cadres and policy makers
• Collaborate and establish linkages with other National and Regional organisations for the promotion of epidemiology in the African Region
• Bridge the communication gaps across African Countries
• Promote collaboration with WHO Regional and Country offices
• Address the language barriers amongst Franco, Anglo, and Lusaphone Epidemiologists at the African Regional level
Since inception, the association has held four annual conferences in various countries on the continent with the most recent held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 14-15 April 2016.