Nature Communications features our paper!

The impact of stopping and starting indoor residual spraying on malaria burden in Uganda, published May 11 of 2021, has been selected by the editorial staff of Nature Communications to be highlighted among its public health publications. The journal showcases work across epidemiology, health policy, mathematical modeling, electronic health records research, and registered reports on a Public Health focus page. Our team and collaborators are honored to be recognized in this way.


First authors Jane F. Namuganga and Adrienne Epstein, from the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration in Uganda and UCSF EPPIcenter (respectively) conducted an analysis to model the impacts on malaria incidence in areas that experience gaps in their access to IRS coverage. They also modeled the predicted case counts and adjusted incidence rate ratios when 5 year IRS campaigns end. Jane F. Namuganga is the study co0ordinator in Kampala, and Adrienne is finishing her PhD at UCSF before taking a position in Liverpool (LSTM) exploring A. stephensi spread in Ethiopia.

The study has immediate implications for policy makers, as the model is a key requirement to extrapolate health costs associated with stuttering of these important interventions.  

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Other contributing authors included:

Joaniter Nankabirwa, Arthur Mpimbaza, Moses Kiggundu, Asadu Sserwanga, James Kapisi, Emmanuel Arinaitwe, Samuel Gonahasa, Chris Ebong & Moses Kamya from the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda

Jimmy Opigo, Damian Rutazaana & Catherine Maiteki-Sebuguzi from the National Malaria Control Division, Ministry of Health, Kampala, Uganda

Sarah Staedke from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Josephat Shililu, Michael Okia, & Kassahun Belay from the US President’s Malaria Initiative

Grant Dorsey & Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer from UCSF