About Us

The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) is a national Centre of Excellence founded in 2006. The Centre is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), and hosted by Stellenbosch University. SACEMA's mission is to improve health in Africa, and particularly South Africa, through epidemiological modelling and analysis. Trained in mathematics, biology, physics, statistics, and epidemiology, SACEMA researchers bridge disciplines to understand disease dynamics and improve real-world outcomes. This involves tackling complex health scenarios and developing tools that allow decision makers to navigate uncertainty. We work with a wide variety of health issues, including HIV, TB, vaccine-preventable diseases, emerging infections, cancer, and diabetes. Click here to find out more about our research programme.

Steering Committee:

  • Chair: Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector (Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Studies), Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Nico Gey van Pittius, Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Makhobetsa Khati, Executive Director (Research Chairs & Centres of Excellence), National Research Foundation
  • Prof Juliet Pulliam, Director of SACEMA
  • Prof Jacky Snoep, SARChI Research Chair in Mechanistic Modelling of Health and Epidemiology, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Louise Warnich, Dean of Science, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Kerrigan McCarthy, National Institute for Communicable Diseases

DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis