Spatial epidemiology

Our vision is to describe the epidemiology of malaria in Africa and associated health vulnerabilities (focusing on intervention, malnutrition, poverty and climate) and the use of data for decision-making by national ministries.

We have established the scientific leadership and analytical and computational infrastructure to lead geospatial work on national and pan-African malaria epidemiology and related metrics. The Nairobi programme works directly with regional ministries of health to assemble and analyse the sub-national epidemiology of malaria and its transition in time. This work began in Kenya and has extended to over 20 countries in the last 5 years.

We are also piloting mapping of malnutrition funded through a recent two year Sustaining Health Grant from the Trust. This work has evolved from clinical research in Kilifi through to national scale mapping. The Sustaining Health Grant will support a detailed sub-national analysis of the space-time changes in malnutrition and its determinants in Kenya since 1990, providing a basis to expand to international mapping in sub Saharan Africa to begin investigations into broader health vulnerabilities including access to care and socio-economic status.