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Led by Acting Head Wirichada Pan-ngum MAEMOD uses mathematical and economic models to support investigations into the transmission, control and elimination of tropical diseases in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS). MAEMOD's active policy engagement with governments, stakeholders and communities helps us identify the right research questions, implement pragmatic, data driven solutions and evaluate them in the field for impact and effectiveness.

Group of Thai primary age students in a classroom, all smiling and very enthusiastically putting their  fists in the air © 2019 MORU. Photographer: Gerhard Jørén
Wirichada Pan-ngum with students taking part in What a Maths!, a public engagement initiative by MAEMOD to promote Thai students’ interest in mathematics.

The MAEMOD team work to build capacity in SE Asia and in the institutions and programmes of regional collaborators by training new modellers and data analysts. Working with other disciplines and using data from national control programmes, MAEMOD researchers use statistics, data and modelling to provide pragmatic high-tech solutions to regional health problems, including neglected tropical diseases, drug resistant bacterial infections and malaria elimination. We explore the cost effectiveness of new interventions and their clinical, social and ethical implications, and encourage the development of health innovations by finding ways to reduce the lead-in time between scientific results and implementation.

There are four groups within MAEMOD: 

A key aim of MAEMOD is to build capacity within the group and in the institutions and programmes of their collaborators by training new modellers and data analysts. A long-term goal of MAEMOD is to create a productive and sustainable collaborative modelling network in Southeast Asia which links with and supports the discipline in all tropical settings.

Key MAEMOD activities and objectives include:

  • Mathematical and economic modelling research
  • Supporting projects led by other MORU Departments and Units
  • Increasingly dominant independent research agendas
  • Bridging MORU research and health policy. MAEMOD is a nexus of MORU research activities that feed into policy guidance
  • Working with policymakers (national and international), notably guiding malaria elimination activities of national malaria control programmes (NMCPs) around the world
  • Training future modellers and policy makers in interpreting and engaging with modelling outputs
  • Networking with the international modelling research community with a focus on south-south collaborations
  • Public engagement: school outreach activities, pint of science, Café Scientifique, innovative filmmaking, game development
  • Developing scientific software, modelling platforms and online tools