Lancaster University joins as part of building malaria modeling capacity in sub-Saharan Africa

Lancaster University is part of the Malaria Modelers in Africa Consortium (MaModAfrica) that won a multi-million pound contract from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

MaModAfrica is a partnership between 19 institutions in Africa, Europe, Australia and the United States, dedicated to building malaria modeling capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Luigi Sedda of the Ecology and Epidemiology Group at Lancaster Medical School will support the development of MSc and PhD programs in Geospatial Modeling for Optimal Malaria Surveillance and Control.

This is exciting news for us as Lancaster Medical School contributes to its reputation as a world center for training and research in spatial epidemiology and tropical diseases.

This latest award will help increase the effectiveness of current interventions against malaria and other infectious diseases that kill more than one million people each year in Africa. “

Dr. Luigi Sedda, Ecology and Epidemiology Group, Lancaster Medical School

The three-year initiative aims to increase the number of academically trained malaria modelers in sub-Saharan Africa and to bridge the gap between academic modeling and operational needs through interdisciplinary and cross-border research. Develops Master’s Degree (MSc) and Doctoral Degree (PhD) academic programs beyond. And to create an open, collaborative and sustainable platform for mathematicians, statisticians, geospatial modelers, translational he scientists, and decision makers.

Besides Lancaster University, the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Abomey-Calavi University in Benin, Bobo Dioulasso Institute of Technology in Burkina Faso, the Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d’Ivoire and the University of Mount Kenya are involved. , Manisa Center for Health Research, Mozambique, Rwanda Biomedical Center, HIS and Center for Impact Innovation and Capacity Building in Rwanda Nutrition, University of Tees and University of Dakar, Sheikh Anta Diop, Senegal, Malaria Atlas Project, Curtin University, and Telethon, Australia. The Kids Institute, the Clinton Health Access Initiative in the US, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Medicines for Malaria Venture in Switzerland.

During the program, 30 master’s and 8 doctoral students will be trained in malaria modeling for public health interventions. The program will start in his Fall 2023.

Dr. Sedda said:

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