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Tackling malaria by mapping internal migration

As part of a project looking at preventing the spread of infectious diseases, a bunch of researchers have produced maps visualising how people move around countries with high malaria rates.

The maps produced by geographers at the University of Southampton show internal migration in  Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on low and middle income countries.

World Pop_Migration flows“Understanding how people are moving around within countries is vital in combating infectious diseases like malaria,” said Professor Andy Tatem, Director of WorldPop university mapping project.

“Having an accurate overview of how different regions of countries are connected by human movement aids effective disease control planning and helps target resources, such as treated bed nets or community health workers, in the right places.”

The data on internal migration was gathered through census data in forty different countries.

The next stage of the project involves integrating the migration estimates with data on malaria prevalence. It is hoped that this could help to inform regional elimination and global eradication plans for the disease.


2 Comments on “Tackling malaria by mapping internal migration”

  1. Jonathan French says:

    Is this funded by Gates foundation?

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