Infectious disease modelling have played a defining role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and their use is expected to rise owing to emerging disease outbreaks. Hence, countries have recognised the need to strengthen the capacity to use such models to prepare, manage, and exit outbreaks by answering difficult and dynamic policy questions.
The Rockefeller Foundation and HITAP have partnered to strengthen the capacity to build and use such models to answer policy questions related to COVID-19 and other diseases. With technical support from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), HITAP is building a COVID-19 model for Thailand to address the question, whether and how to implement routine COVID-19 vaccination programme. The project will identify and engage with key stakeholders related to infectious disease modelling. The modelling team at HITAP are receiving regular training as part of this model development process. In November 2022, a national technical training on infectious disease modelling will be held. A similar session is being planned during the upcoming HTAsiaLink 2022. A regional vaccinology course, which includes both the technical and policy aspects of modelling, will be held in early 2023.
This initiative is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Please visit their website to learn more about their work.