Infectious disease elimination
While in low- and middle income countries non-communicable diseases are on the rise, major infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, various parasitic infections and viral hepatitis continue to be important causes of ill health, thus creating a double burden of disease. Despite the lack of effective vaccines, there is a global commitment to eliminating these diseases as public health problems, prompted by the availability of diagnostics and effective curative and preventive treatment. There are various challenges to this endeavor, ranging from acceptability of prevention and treatment, issues with adherence to therapy and poor performance of diagnostic assays to economic constraints for patients and health systems. Under this theme, we aim to explore these issues from biomedical, social and economic perspectives, and develop and test novel interventions to address them.