Environmental, Climatic and Socio-Economic Dynamics of Malaria
Malaria is a complex vector borne disease endemic in more than 100 countries. Predicting the global and local transmission of the disease demands a thorough understanding of many mutually coupled factors, ranging from socioeconomic development, climate, and biodiversity variation and change. In our work, we are developing a new generation of malaria transmission dynamics models that can couple changes in socio-economic, environmental, land use, biodiversity patterns and climatic drivers with infection processes in order to 1) determine how these factors interact to underpin disease transmission in different endemic settings, and 2) support the development of policies for controlling the disease in tandem with environmental protection, infrastructure development, and economic development.
While this project is based in the US, it has global implications for health.
At the EIGH, our researchers use epidemiology to understand the distribution and determinants of the health and disease conditions in specific populations, and to identify risk factors for certain diseases. This allows them to develop, implement, and measure the impact of targeted, preventative healthcare methods.
At the EIGH, our researchers work to combat a number of various illnesses, including infectious diseases caused by organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can also be spread from one person to another and may be transmitted from animals to humans.