I am a mathematical modeller working on schistosomiasis as part of the NTD Modelling Consortium. Schistosomiasis remains an endemic parasitic disease affecting millions of people. Individuals become infected when cercariae, released by freshwater snails, penetrate the skin during contact with contaminated water causing anaemia, chronic pain and malnutrition.
Within our work, we model the transmission dynamics of schistosomiasis to determine whether mass drug administration programmes can eliminate the disease in specific areas. Our current focus is on investigating what treatment strategies are required to achieve the current World Health Organization goals for schistosomiasis.
By conducting this research, we are able to provide insight on the design of treatment programmes and to inform policy decisions.
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et al., 2018, Defining stopping criteria for ending randomized clinical trials that investigate the interruption of transmission of soil-transmitted helminths employing mass drug administration, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:12, ISSN:1935-2727
et al., 2018, Valuing the unpaid contribution of community health volunteers to mass drug administration programs, Clinical Infectious Diseases, ISSN:1058-4838
et al., 2018, Investigating the Effectiveness of Current and Modified World Health Organization Guidelines for the Control of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol:66, ISSN:1058-4838, Pages:S253-S259
et al., 2018, Are We on Our Way to Achieving the 2020 Goals for Schistosomiasis Morbidity Control Using Current World Health Organization Guidelines?, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol:66, ISSN:1058-4838, Pages:S245-S252