This proposal describes a collaborative project between researchers and physicians from ANU, China (Hunan Province), Telethon Kids Institute and Curtin University on the prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB) in China, one of the highest TB burden countries globally. It will bring together experts with different disciplinary backgrounds to describe the spatial epidemiology of TB in Hunan Province, China so that future interventions can be planned to reduce the burden of this disease. The proposed research builds upon and extends existing work carried out between ANU and Chinese researchers in Hunan Province. It will provide a foundation for future collaborative funding proposals and projects with a focus on reducing morbidity and mortality from TB. The specific objectives of this project will be: 1) to investigate the spatiotemporal clustering of TB and MDR-TB in Hunan Province, China; 2) to identify the drivers of TB and MDR-TB clustering in Hunan Province, China.
Image: Mycobacterium tuberculosis Bacteria, NIAID/Flickr