Date(s) - 24/06/2022
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Title: Webinar of the IASC African Members Group
Summary: The IASC African Members Group organizes a 90-minutes webinar on statistical computing using emergency nutrition assessment (ENA for SMART) software: Smart methodology, on Friday 24th June 2022.
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In this webinar, we shall give an over view of a cross-sectional survey using a cluster sampling technique. Thereafter, an insight into the use of ENA for SMART software (updated version 2020) as deployed in a Nutrition and Retrospective Mortality survey would be presented as a standard, simplified, cross-sectional field survey method designed to aid the collection of quality, up-to-date and timely nutrition data; and necessary for decision-making. This methodology will harmonize methods for nutrition assessments, especially during emergencies and it is important that Statisticians who are interested in their in-country National Health Statistical System, can begin to partner with National and International Non-governmental Organizations (N & INGOs) and United Nations (UN) agencies to expand the use of the SMART methodology, in conducting nutrition surveys, both in emergency and development contexts.

During the webinar, the interest and curiosity of Statisticians and other participants toward strengthening the Nutrition Information System (NIS) in their countries, including conducting nutrition surveys on a more regular basis would be awakened; and in the long run, it would help to address the current shortage of qualified SMART survey manager and Master trainers globally who are Statisticians. This first series of our webinar, would dwell (to a reasonable extent) on pre-viewing the software ENA for SMART (updated version 2020), the usefulness of Anthropometric measures, Confidence Intervals and Z-score in the survey. We shall also briefly give an over view of acute malnutrition, checklist for conducting the nutrition survey and practical instances where we have conducted the survey.

Date:Friday 24th, June 2022.
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm CET
Duration: 90 minutes



Speaker 1: Dr. Jonathan A. Ikughur (Assoc. Professor of Statistics)(

Dr. Jonathan is an erudite Statistician with expertise in Sample Survey Theory and Methods; and Statistical Inference. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Statistics at the University of Ibadan , Nigeria with specialization in Sample Survey/Statistical Inference. Dr. Ikughur, who is also an Associate Professor of Statistics have served as a consultant to Local and International NGO’s. Notable among them are: Niger State Government Ecological Survey, Save the Children International (SCI), Première Urgence Internationale (PUI), Research Triangle International (RTI) and presently, a FUAM-LISA Co-investigator for a University of Colorado Boulder, USA/USAID funded PHL survey. He is an alumnus of the International Statistical Education Centre of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. He is currently the Head of Department, Statistics at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is a member of the Nigeria Statistical Association (NSA), Advanced Survey Research Centre, (ASRC) Kolkata, India, Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS) and the European Centre for Research Training and Development (ECRTD) UK. He is happily married with children.

Speaker 2. Dr. Anthony Ekpo (

Dr. Anthony is a post-doctorate Statistician; his area of specialty is Optimal Experimental Designs and Biostatistics. He is an active member of the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC)-Technical Alliance Consultants, coordinated by UNICEF and Action Against Hunger (AAH), Canada. He possess remarkable field experiences; having consulted for reputable International Organizations such as: International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Research Triangle International (RTI), INTERSOS Humanitarian Aids Organization, Save the Children International (SCI), Première Urgence Internationale (PUI), Center for Clinical Care and Clinical Research Nigeria (CCCRN), Maestral International LLC, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and presently, a FUAM-LISA Co-investigator for a University of Colorado Boulder, USA/USAID funded PHL survey. Dr. Ekpo has over 10 years’ experience conducting Nutrition/Mortality surveys using the SMART Methodology. He is a member of the Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA), Professional Statisticians Society of Nigeria (PSSN), a Regular member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and an arm member of the International Association of Statistical Computing (IASC). He is the Treasurer and North-Central Nigeria Coordinator of IASC-African Members’ Group. Presently, he is a member of faculty in the department of Statistics, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is happily married with children

Penalist/Co-organizer: Dr Adenomon Monday (

Penalist/Co-organizer: Timothy A. Ogunleye (

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