Understanding the role of land cover / land use nexus in malaria transmission under changing socio-economic climate in Myanmar
Drs. Loboda, Stewart, and Silva (Geographical Sciences) have been awarded a NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Grant for their project, Understanding the role of land cover / land use nexus in malaria transmission under changing socio-economic climate in Myanmar. This study brings together experts in remote sensing (Tatiana Loboda and Mark Carroll (SSAI & Goddard Space Flight Center), geographic information science (Kathleen Stewart), human geography (Julie Silva), and malaria epidemiology (Myaing Myaing Nyunt and Christopher Plowe - University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore) to examine the role that human activities, land use, and human mobility play in determining population exposure to malaria in Ann Township of Rakhine State, Myanmar where malaria levels are high. Malaria control within Rakhine State is a crucial component of a successful malaria elimination agenda in Southeast Asia and globally.