Disease Focus: Lymphatic Filariasis & Onchocerciasis
Research Question to be Addressed: There are no evidence-based criteria for delineating transmission zones or evaluation units for stop mass drug administration (MDA) decisions. Stopping MDA in one part of a transmission zone when transmission is continuing in another part could lead to resurgence. Objective methods to delineate transmission zones/evaluation units are needed to ensure MDA is stopped with known, acceptable and accepted risk of resurgence relative to the cost of stopping too early or later than necessary.
Moderators: Daniel Boakye, The END Fund, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (Ghana) & Annette C. Kuesel, World Health Organization/TDR (Switzerland)
"Could onchocerciasis elimination in Burkina Faso be threatened by ongoing transmission in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana?" - Lassane Koala, Research Institute of Health Sciences (Burkina Faso)
"Population genomics for identification of O. volvulus transmission zones" - Warwick Grant, La Trobe University (Australia)
"Modelling the risk of resurgence in an area after cessation of MDA due to ‘visitors’ to and from neighbouring areas with ongoing transmission" - Karen McCulloch, La Trobe University (Australia)
"Parasite genetic structure and delineation of LF transmission zones in the Samoan Islands" - Shannon Hedtke, La Trobe University (Australia)