Optimizing deworming programs for control of soil-transmitted helminths

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Soil transmitted helminths (STHs) remain a public health problem, with high-intensity infections contributing to malnutrition, anaemia and poor growth. Our ongoing NHMRC-funded trial in the Philippines compares the impact of community-wide vs school-targeted deworming on STH reinfection; to demonstrate that community-wide programs further reduce STH burden in school-age children. This PhD project will complement the current trial and will be essential for research translation. It consists of cost-effectiveness analyses and social sciences research exploring the economic impact and programmatic barriers to community-based programs and to drug compliance. Results will support a shift towards more effective STH control policies.

The ideal candidate would be someone from an epidemiology/public health or health economics/social sciences background.

Individuals with experience in infectious diseases, particularly neglected tropical diseases, namely those who have participated or led field work from a research or programmatic perspective are encouraged to apply.  

Familiarity with cost-effectiveness analysis or with mixed methods approaches will be viewed favourably.

The candidate will be self-motivated and must have good written and oral communication skills.

Supervisory team
Vaz Nery

The Kirby Institute

The Kirby Institute

James Cook University
Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening