Jan 2015 – Dec 2017
Neglected Tropical Diseases Modelling Consortium
Multiple countries – Global
To create reliable quantitative models of Schistosomiasis behaviour, improving our understanding of how to effectively combat the disease.
$767,911 Multi-Year Grant Value
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
This work is also complementary to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative’s work on schistosomiasis modelling.
WHO, country programmes and donors have expressed interest in the outputs of the models. CIFF is supporting further dissemination of results by funding a web tool which will allow for models to be used directly by country programmes. This tool leverages the work already done by other disease groups in the NTD Modelling Consortium and has the potential to revolutionise schistosomiasis programme planning at national and sub-national levels.One of the main challenges for the modellers has been the lack of good quality data that can be fed into the models, both in terms of coverage and impact (prevalence and intensity of disease). We are working with the modelling groups to put together and disseminate recommendations of what data needs to be collected to be able to confidently predict programmatic trajectory toward elimination.
The data provided by the models will help sustain momentum and focus on the treatment of this neglected tropical disease.