Mathematical models and the fight against diseases in Africa

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Show simple item record Getz, Wayne M Gouws, Eleanor Hahne, Fritz Kopp, P Ekkehard Mostert, Paul Muller, Chris Seioghe, Cathal Williams, Brian Witten, Gareth 2018-01-11T14:13:24Z 2018-01-11T14:13:24Z 2003
dc.identifier.citation Getz, W. M., Gouws, E., Hahne, F., Kopp, P. E., Mostert, P., Muller, C., ... & Witten, G. (2003). Mathematical models and the fight against diseases in Africa: news and views. South African journal of science, 99(7 & 8), p-305.
dc.description.abstract n this age of molecular biology, The healthcare industry, politicians and the community at large are trying to find ‘magic bullet’ drugs and vaccines to conquer disease. Although smallpox has been eradicated and polio may soon be a scourge of the past, many pathogens replicate rapidly and mutate prodigiously, enabling them to evolve ways to circumvent our immune systems, as well as our drugs and vaccines. To fight and win the war against new emerging infections such as HIV/AIDS, TB and now SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), it is important to understand the temporal and spatial dynamics of the pathogens in human and, in some cases, animal reservoirs or vector populations. It is also necessary to understand the complex web of socio-economic factors pertinent to controlling the spread of disease, so that feasible, affordable and, most importantly, effective public-health policies can be devised and implemented.
dc.source South African Journal of Science
dc.subject.other Mathematical models
dc.subject.other AIDS (Disease)
dc.subject.other HIV (Viruses)
dc.subject.other Socioeconomics
dc.title Mathematical models and the fight against diseases in Africa
dc.type Article 2016-01-13T08:12:28Z
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science
dc.publisher.department Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
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