VMI Dengue Data and Modeling Workshop in Laos
In collaboration with the Laos Ministry of Health, the Vaccine Modeling Initiative (VMI) and the Institut of Research for Development (IRD) have started a project to digitize disaggregated dengue surveillance data from province and district health departments in Laos, starting in Savannakhet and Vientiane Municipality. These data will be used for computational modeling of dengue to inform control programs. A Laos data rescue field blog has been created and will be maintained by two students from the Institut de la Francophonie pour la Médicine Tropicale (IFMT), University of Pittsburgh VMI investigators, and IRD investigators. Click here to follow the activity of this project.
On May 21-22, 2012, dengue policy makers from Lao PDR and investigators from the VMI and the IRD, conducted a workshop focusing on how to use dengue surveillance data for computational modeling. Attending the workshop were representatives from the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Coordination Office (NEIDCO), the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE), the IFMT, the Savannakhet Provincial Health Department and the Vientiane Municipality Health Department.