APCC Session

The Collaboration for the Establishment of the Africa Population Cohorts Consortium (CE-APCC) aims to create a transformational capability and forum on population-based cohorts bringing together a broad spectrum of African scientists, policymakers, community contributors, and other stakeholders throughout the formative phase to co-create an evidence-based APCC and build enthusiasm and support for its eventual implementation and long-term sustenance.
The APCC’s research vision is to harness the huge opportunity of population cohorts in Africa to champion new multidisciplinary engagement and research through the lens offered by complex systems thinking and the platform provided by UHC with primary health care (PHC) as its core element.
About the speakers:

  1. Kobus Herbst, one of the co-leads of the APCC, is an experienced lead of large projects in the public health and research sectors, who played a key role in the INDEPTH Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) Network and was responsible for the INDEPTH Data Repository. He assisted in securing a long-term government investment into a national research infrastructure, the South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) that he directs. He is a member of the IHCC’s Scientific and the APCC’s scoping phase Steering Committees.
  2. Michel Ramsay is a human geneticist with over 40 years’ experience in monogenic diseases genetics and over 10 years’ experience in complex disease genetic epidemiology. She has experience in working as part of a large consortium (the H3Africa Consortium) and playing a leading role in policy development and in establishing the cardiovascular disease working group, which has brought together eight H3Africa groups to harmonize and share data and has recently been appointed as co-chair of the International HunderdK Cohort Consortium (IHCC).
  3. Jude Igumbor is an Associate Professor and the Academic Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Public and Population Health in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He also the Wits University Focal Person for the Consortium of Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). He is currently developing tools and an electronic platform to guide collating, integrating, optimizing, and utilizing scientific evidence generated by public and population health networks in Africa for the betterment of population health. He recently built the capacity of a non-governmental organization to develop and use an integrated real-time patient management information system to facilitate better clinical and managerial decision-making in multiple service delivery sites across eight African countries. The project currently has over one and half million patient records in an integrated and interactive database with over 800 biopsychosocial and economic data elements at individual patient and healthcare worker levels.