Current Epidemiology projects include:
- Sustaining village health worker programmes with expanded roles in the GMS funded by the Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative 3 Elimination (RAI3E) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, this project combines a clinical study in Cambodia with stakeholder, community and health worker interviews and surveys together with economic modelling and policy landscape analysis to health worker interviews how community health worker programmes for malaria can be sustained through expanding their roles to other health areas in Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam.
- Reducing the Risk of Forest Malaria in the GMS. Funded by the Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative 2 Elimination (RAI2E) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, this project combines a clinical trial of antimalarial chemoprophylaxis, in-depth interviews and mapping among forest-goers at high risk of malaria in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Thailand.
- Assessing mobility data for guiding disaster response in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Bangladesh. Funded by Crisis Ready, this project aims to assess the representativeness of available population mobility datasets used during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- WHO Global Health Facilities Database. Funded by, and run in close partnership with, the WHO GIS Centre in Geneva, this project aims to support ministries of health to develop, assess and openly share their health facility master lists. We are leading the implementation in 8 countries.
- Enhanced modelling for NMCP Decision-making in the GMS to Accelerate Malaria Elimination (ENDGAME). Led by MORU Epidemiology, working with MAEMOD, and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the ENDGAME project supports NMCPs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam with mathematical, statistical and economic model-ling and data analysis to guide planning for malaria elimination. ENDGAME addresses priority research questions with direct policy relevance which are identified by NMCPs and their selected partner organisations to inform their decision making for national malaria strategy.
- Quantifying the impact of human mobility on P. falciparum malaria burden and spread of antimalarial resistance in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Bangladesh. Combining patient travel surveys, analysis of cell phone records and parasite genetic data together with big data analytics and mathematical modelling this project includes collaborators from the Hong Kong University, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
- Development and optimisation of Plasmodium falciparum artemisinin and partner drugs resistance maps for communication to policymakers in Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.
- Epidemiology of malaria in northeast Thailand: a case-control study.
- Dengue spatiotemporal epidemiology and developing a tool to predict dengue incidence in Thailand with the national dengue control programme.
- Assessment of the spatiotemporal distribution and global distribution of scrub typhus.
- Children’s environmental health in Thailand: cohort study of pregnant women and children with the Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University.
- Automated smartphone microscopy for malaria with the National Institutes of Health, USA.
- Malaria API Tracker: pilot study to support transition to village level malaria surveillance in Bangladesh.
- GroupMappers: crowdsource mapping of communities for communicable disease surveillance in Bangladesh. Funded by public donations.
- End-to-End Data Pipeline (E2): presenting pre-publication research to policymakers funded by Wellcome iTPA.
- Improving Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice for COVID-19 Prevention: Science Engagement in Schools at the Golden Triangle Border.
In all our projects, MORU Epidemiology works with policymakers as partners to address the scientific questions most pertinent to the disease control and elimination agendas.
We also support the following studies across the MORU network:
- South-East Asia Clinical Trials Network (SEACTN) Wellcome Trust Flagship
- Malaria Elimination Task Force (METF)
- Genetic reconnaissance of malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Bangladesh (GenReMekong)
- Studying the impact of zoonotic disease surveillance in the Orang Asli (indigenous population) communities of Peninsular Malaysia on reducing the risk of zoonotic disease emergence