How Rwanda Managed to Control COVID-19? (ID Epi Seminar Series)
April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Mr. Muhammed Semakula, Senior Statistician and Health Scientific Innovation Analyst in the Rwanda Biomedical Center’s Research Innovation and Data Science Division. Register for the event here.
Muhammed Semakula, BSc, MSc is a Statistician with a strong knowledge in statistics methods and data analysis. During COVID-19 pandemic, Muhammed was assigned by GoR to lead COVID- 19 data science and IT solutions response for Rwanda Joint Task Force COVID-19. He has been a Director of research statistics in Medical Research Center and member of National Health Research committee. He is a member and chair of steering committee in charge of establishing council of Rwandan statisticians under National institute of statistics of Rwanda. He is active member of civil registration and vital statistics experts group in Africa and Gradstat member of Royal statistical society in United Kingdoms (UK). He has been Deputy President of Young African Statisticians and demographers. He has contributed to strategy for the harmonization of statistics in Africa (SHaSA). In addition to national strategies for the development of statistics in Rwanda (NSDS). He coordinated elaboration of Rwanda HIV national strategic plan and operational plan 2017-2023. He has a strong knowledge in data modelling and management of big datasets such as national surveys. He mainly works on observational health data focusing on statistical methodology and estimating inference, monitoring and evaluations, Demography and spatio-temporal modelling. Semakula has excellent transferable skills in data management, analysis and modelling as well as strategic planning and capacity building. Muhammed was part time visiting assistant lecture at UNIK and temporal contractual instructor of statistics at Partner in Health (PIH). Mr. Semakula holds a degree in Applied Statistics from University of Rwanda and a Master’s degree of Statistics, Biostatistics from University of Hasselt, Belgium. Currently, he is doing a joint PhD at Hasselt University and University Rwanda- African Centre of excellence in Data Science, Bio-Statistics. Mr. Semakula is a voluntary research assistant at University of Hasselt in Belgium. He is advanced quantitative analyst and data handling.
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