Applied Math Seminar

03/28/2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
POT 745
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Olivia Prosper, University of Kentucky.

Title: Intermittent Preventive Treatment and the Spread of Drug Resistant Malaria

Abstract: Over the last decade, control measures have significantly reduced malaria morbidity and mortality. However, the burden of malaria remains high, with more than 70% of malaria deaths occurring in children under the age of five. The spread of antimalarial resistant parasites challenges the efficacy of current interventions, such as Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT), whose aim it is to protect this vulner- able population. Under IPT, a curative dose of antimalarial drugs is administered along with a child’s routine vaccinations, regardless of their infection status, as both a protective measure and to treat subclinical infections. We have developed mathematical models to study the relative impact of IPT in promoting the spread of drug resistant malaria (compared with treatment of clinically ill individuals), and the combined effect of different drug half-lives, age-structure and local transmis- sion intensity on the number of childhood deaths averted by using IPT in both the short and long-term in malaria endemic settings. I will also discuss some potential consequences of unstable and seasonal transmission of malaria on the efficacy of IPT.

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