Institute for Disease Modeling

Our goal
To support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making.
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At a glance

  • We apply a variety of data modeling and statistical approaches to guide and inform disease eradication programs and other global health endeavors.
  • We create open-source disease modeling tools to freely share with the global research community.
  • We collaborate with universities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), government ministries, and other research and public health institutions to find new ways to understand and eradicate infectious disease and to achieve permanent improvements in the health of those most in need.
Our strategy

Our strategy

The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) focuses on modeling and data analytics to achieve permanent improvements in global health. One aspect of our work is understanding the transmission dynamics of many pathogens, including measles, polio, tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia, typhoid, and COVID-19, in order to better inform control, elimination, and eradication strategies.

We develop and share quantitative methodologies to contribute to durable improvements in public health in multiple areas, including maternal, newborn, and child health; family planning; health delivery strategies; health system access and effectiveness; genomic surveillance; pathogen evolution; and drug resistance.

We believe that collaboration can magnify the impact of our work, so we work with partners worldwide—including universities, NGOs, government ministries, and other research and public health institutions—to achieve important and long-lasting improvements in the health of people most in need.

Why focus on disease modeling?

Why focus on disease modeling?

The control and eradication of infectious diseases is a pressing and complex problem that engages diverse contributors, from health workers on the ground to funding agencies that provide resources and support. Data modeling and statistical analysis make fundamental contributions that inform intervention strategies, resource allocation, and research into the causes and transmission of disease. Ultimately, these contributions provide tangible pathways for durable improvements in global health and development.

Disease modeling benefits the entire global health community by providing new insight into old problems, testing novel combinations of strategies, and enabling the collection of more valuable data in the field. IDM’s focus began with malaria eradication and has expanded to include multiple diseases, health care programs, and associated systems that are priorities of the foundation, including support for the work of the Gender Equality Division. We use our advancements in modeling to provide powerful, state-of-the-art guidance and information to public health workers and institutions around the world, sharing our free, open-source software and modeling tools as global public goods that can be used to make better health care decisions.

Strategy leadership

Strategy leadership

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