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Geoinformation and Spatial Analytics in Tropical Medicine

Edited by:

Ashraf Dewan, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Abu Yousuf Md. Abdullah, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Anthropogenic modification of the earth’s surface together with climate warming are expected to have considerable impacts on the insurgence and resurgence of infectious diseases, with the potential to overwhelm existing public health systems. To understand the influences of environments, both physical and social, on the incidence of diseases, geoinformation and spatial analytics have been instrumental in advancing our knowledge in public health, particularly elucidating disease dynamics, aetiology, and transmission. Both the present and future distribution of diseases in changing environments can be modelled, which could help public health systems adapt to environmental changes, and thus, to human well-being.


This special issue specifically aims at highlighting the roles of geospatial techniques in identifying environmental precursors of diseases, thereby advancing tropical medicine research. Papers focusing on geospatial techniques in public health are particularly encouraged. Submissions will be peer reviewed. Submitted manuscripts should be original and not have been submitted elsewhere for publication consideration. Additionally, papers reporting local specific findings must meet the criterion of international novelty and contribute to the global discourse of tackling emerging health issues. In this special issue, we invite original contributions on issues covering:

  • Environmental health;
  • Climate variability and epidemiology;
  • Geospatial science (e.g., remote sensing, volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing, big data, and spatial analytics) in disease modelling;
  • Tropical medicine;
  • Machine learning and geostatistics for public health.
  1. Five states in India are reporting sporadic outbreaks of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD). Goa experienced an outbreak of KFD in 2015. It remains as an important differential diagnosis for tropical fever in the e...

    Authors: Annet Oliveira, Kalaiselvi Selvaraj, Jaya Prasad Tripathy, Utkarsh Betodkar, Jagadish Cacodcar, Nikhita Quadros and Abhijit Wadkar
    Citation: Tropical Medicine and Health 2020 48:27
  2. TB and HIV are public health problems, which have a synergistic effect to each other. Despite the decreasing burden of these two diseases they still make a significant contribution to mortality. Tanzania is am...

    Authors: Edson W. Mollel, Jim Todd, Michael J. Mahande and Sia E. Msuya
    Citation: Tropical Medicine and Health 2020 48:26
  3. A spatial and temporal study of the distribution of facility-based deliveries can identify areas of low and high facility usage and help devise more targeted interventions to improve delivery outcomes. Develop...

    Authors: Atique Iqbal Chowdhury, Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah, Rafiqul Haider, Asraful Alam, Sk Masum Billah, Sanwarul Bari, Qazi Sadeq-ur Rahman, Warren Christopher Jochem, Ashraf Dewan and Shams El Arifeen
    Citation: Tropical Medicine and Health 2019 47:44
  4. A high rate of preterm birth is observed in the Guadeloupe archipelago (French West Indies), raising the hypothesis of harmful environmental exposures, including landfilling. Our aim was to evaluate whether pr...

    Authors: Marion Istvan, Florence Rouget, Léah Michineau, Christine Monfort, Luc Multigner and Jean-François Viel
    Citation: Tropical Medicine and Health 2019 47:4
  5. Cabo Verde is a country that has been in the pre-elimination stage of malaria since the year 2000. The country is still reporting cases, particularly in the capital of Praia, where more than 50% of the nationa...

    Authors: Adilson José DePina, Alex Jailson Barbosa Andrade, Abdoulaye Kane Dia, António Lima Moreira, Ullardina Domingos Furtado, Helga Baptista, Ousmane Faye, Ibrahima Seck and El Hadji Amadou Niang
    Citation: Tropical Medicine and Health 2019 47:3