Applying Health Geography to support infectious disease interventions

Project leaders: Dr Thomas Krafft,  Dr Nicole Dukers-Muijrers, Prof. Christian J.P.A. Hoebe
Researchers: Boris Kauhl, Jeanne Heil, Genevieve van Liere, Eva Pilot; collaborating partner: Prof.  Jürgen Schweikart (Beuth Applied University, Berlin)
Period: 2015-2016

Some infectious diseases like pertussis, hepatitis C and chlamydia tend to cluster geographically. The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enables the visualisation and analysis of the spatial heterogeneity of disease risk and the quantification of the impact of socio-economic determinants on the incidence of infectious diseases. The identification of socio-economic determinants provides a more comprehensive basis for effective interventions, as population characteristics are typically available within population data. The aim of this project is therefore to (i) determine hotspots for future interventions using spatial statistics and (ii) to assess demographic and socio-economic determinants of different infectious diseases within these hotspots to facilitate targeted, evidence-based screening interventions aimed directly at risk-groups.