Math vs. AIDS

I always like to highlight how people with all kinds of different skills, interests, and perspectives can be involved in HIV/AIDS efforts around the world, and here’s a great example.  According to the Kaiser Network, two Canadian mathematicians and a team of Canadian and African grad students will be attending a workshop in Botswana on “controlling the spread of infectious diseases — such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis — using mathematical equations and formulas.”

The goal of these efforts is to find ways to mathmatically model how diseases spread “by examining how people interact with others.”  Using such models could give health officials “some idea how to answer ‘what if’ questions” when an outbreak occurs.  This could help them target education campaigns and supply distribution more effectively.

According to the Kaiser Network article, the workshop “is part of a series of activities of the MITACS Canada – Africa Biomath Network, which aims to encourage collaboration between mathematicians and public health scientists from Canada and Africa to control the spread of malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS and other diseases using mathematical science (Canada Business News Network, 8/12).”

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~ by h.e.g. on August 15, 2008.

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