Epidemiology of malaria transmission in Papua New Guinea
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Project Status
- Medicine and Radiology
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
|Dr Leanne Robinson||Personal web page|
|Associate Professor Freya Fowkes||Personal web page|
The scale-up of malaria control interventions in Papua New Guinea has resulted in a significant overall reduction in the nationwide prevalence and incidence of malaria. However, this effect has not been uniform across the country and considerable heterogeneity in transmission exists in different areas, despite a standardised approach to the implementation of the control measures. Minimal data currently exists on the determinants of heterogeneity and residual malaria transmission in PNG and which human, vector and/or parasite behaviour/characteristics are the most important obstacles to elimination.
This project will involve analysing data on the prevalence and distribution of malaria infection and together with vector and human behavioral data, generate spatial risk maps and investigate the use of clinical foci to identify asymptomatic reservoirs of infection. Understanding the extent of local heterogeneity in malaria transmission and the driving factors is critical to be able to identify and implement targeted control strategies to ensure the ongoing success of malaria control in PNG and make progress towards elimination.
This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.
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