Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are a large morbidity and mortality burden and the World Health Organization (WHO) set a roadmap for NTDs with goals for 2020.
The NTD modelling consortium was formed to help answer key epidemiological questions using mathematical models. One particular question of interest is - are we on target with the current strategies? - if not, what alternatives are available?
Transmission models have been developed to inform WHO guidelines and are now being combined with geo-spatial models of disease to obtain more country relevant predictions. Mathematical models are therefore extremely useful for informing policy decision-making.