Susan F. Rumisha

Dr. Susan Fred Rumisha is a Principal Research Scientist with the National Institute for Medical Research. She is a Biostatistician with expertise in infectious disease surveillance and Health Information Systems. Dr. Rumisha holds a BSc (Statistics & Mathematics) of the University of Dar es Salaam (2000), MSc (Applied Statistics) and MSc (Biostatistics) of Hasselt Universitat in Belgium obtained in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Rumisha obtained her doctorate degree in Bayesian Modelling of Large Geostatistical Data at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, associated institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2011. Her PhD work focused in estimating the relationship between malaria transmission and mortality in Africa. Through her PhD programme, she has developed a Bayesian geostatistical model which can be used to estimate malaria exposure surface in very high spatio-temporal resolutions.

Dr. Rumisha joined the National Institute for Medical Research in 2001 as a Statistician in the East African Disease Surveillance Network (EAIDSNet) Project. Later in 2002, she was among the first scientists to initiate and implement the National Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response strategy of the Ministry of Health in 12 districts of Tanzania.

During her service with NIMR she has participated in a number of research projects on malaria and co-parasitic infections, HIV/AIDS, child violence, knowledge systems and ecohealth. She is currently an investigator in the project titled Integrated Research Partnerships for Malaria Control through an Ecohealth Approaches in East Africa. Dr. Rumisha has a total of 21 publications in peer reviewed Journals and she is a reviewer for Tanzania Journal of Health Research and African Journal of AIDS Research.

Dr. Rumisha vision is to contribute to the strengthening of the Tanzanian health information system and improve the understanding on the value of statistics to decision and policy makers. She believes by doing so, quality of health data and its utilization will improve and that will facilitate generation of evidence-based decisions which will catalyze socio-economic development.

Dr. Rumisha is the Head of Department of Disease Surveillance and Geographical Information System under the Directorate of Information Technology and Communication.