Special Issue "Geo-Epidemiology of Malaria"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Disease Epidemiology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2020).
Interests: My research activities focus on biostatistics and biomathematics methods applied to the geo-epidemiology of communicable disease and their control in developing countries, mainly on malaria transmission, based on spatiotemporal assessment of transmission dynamics. My interests include the development of surveillance information system, spatial and temporal modeling of outbreak risks, taking into account environmental determinants and control strategies.
Interests: My research interest focuses on human populations living in high-risk malaria areas bordering two other African countries. My current research activities focus on understanding favorable environments and human lifestyles in remote rural areas where climate, environmental, and social changes seem to be driving malaria. Developing an epidemiological surveillance system for local conditions will be the basis to design and implement improved malaria control/elimination strategies to achieve elimination.
Interests: My research activities focus on malaria research, including the evaluation of malaria vaccines, drugs, malaria epidemiology studies, evaluation of malaria control strategies, and diagnostic tests.
My main current activities focus on:
- A transmission blocking vaccine trial against Plasmodium falciparum in children and a family compound trial in Mali. This study includes the exploration of the spatiotemporal malaria transmission dynamics as well.
- Research on surveillance methods specially adapted to malaria transmission at the local scale focusing on understanding of the persistence of the annual epidemics and finding a pathway to better fight malaria.
Scaling up of malaria control strategies achieved a remarkable reduction in the burden of malaria worldwide over the period from 2000 to 2015. However, the WHO 2018 report stated that “no significant progress in reducing global malaria cases was made” during the 2015–2017 period, with an observed increase of +20 million cases between 2016 and 2017. Unexpected meteorological events and significant sociodemographic, economic, environmental, and entomologic changes have been observed in different regions over the last decade. It is crucial to understand how these changes affect malaria epidemiology in the remaining active foci. Without major gains in the understanding of geo-epidemiology of malaria, control strategies will remain ineffective, and elimination itself may remain out of reach beyond the 2030 objective stated by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Malaria geo-epidemiology can be defined as studying the spatial and temporal profiles of malaria and of the determinants of its persistence and increase, in an ecohealth systemic perspective. This Special Issue seeks papers on malaria geo-epidemiology, which includes geographical studies (at local and/or regional scales), social and economic determinants (including KABP studies), environmental and meteorological factors, parasite diversity, vector diversity and ecology, access to care, spatially driven strategies (e.g., focused screening and/or treatment), population mobility, parasite carriage, local and/or distant transmission, transmission dynamics (including epidemiological models), clinical and intervention trials and prevention, epidemiological surveillance systems, etc. We also welcome high-quality systematic reviews related to these matters. All submitted papers should be presented in a geo-epidemiological approach.
I would be very happy if this Special Issue serves as an identifying set of contextual factors and bottlenecks to locally tailor control strategies against malaria transmission intensity and dynamics. Understanding the complex epidemiological situation will allow reach malaria’s last bastion, or rather, epidemic front line.
Prof. Jean Gaudart
Prof. Riana Bornman
Dr. Issaka Sagara
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- Spatial and temporal statistics
- Environment and meteorology
- Social and health Economy
- Clinical and interventional trials
- Surveillance system
- Epidemiological models