Combating Malaria: A Complex System and Agent-Based Approach

Combating Malaria: A Complex System and Agent-Based Approach

Narjès Bellamine-BenSaoud (University La Monouba, Tunisia) and Fatima Rateb (University College London, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-265-7.ch004
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In this chapter, we investigate how complexity theory and more particularly how agent-based modeling and simulation can benefit the explanation of the impact of education on malaria health care in Haiti. Our model includes: (1) the environment, encompassing mainly cities, roads, hospitals and schools; (2) the agents, modeling the human actors, who can be safe or infected by malaria disease according to their location in the environment; and (3) a modelled agent can also be mobile or not, can reproduce, and can die. We run four kinds of experiments over a 50-year period each. Our main emerging results are growing total agent, susceptible, and immune populations in a “cyclic” fluctuation form. Furthermore, we confirm the positive impact of both education and hospitals in combating malaria disease.

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Vijayan Sugumaran
Chapter 1
Sudha Ram, Jun Liu
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OABIS: An Ontology-Based Approach to Business Rules Sourcing in Supply Chain Management Systems
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Julie E Kendall, Kenneth E. Kendall
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Chapter 3
Rainer Herrler, Christian HeIne
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Approaches and Tools to Optimize and Manage Clinical Processes
Chapter 4
Narjès Bellamine-BenSaoud, Fatima Rateb
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Combating Malaria: A Complex System and Agent-Based Approach
Chapter 5
Yasushi Kambayashi, Munehiro Takimoto
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An Intelligent Multi-Robot System Using Higher-Order Mobile Agents
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Instrument Validation for Strategic Business Simulation
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Thomas Biskup, Nils Heyer, Jorge M. Gómez
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Building Sound Semantic Web Frameworks for Scalable and Fault-Tolerant Systems
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Information Parallax  (pages 182-215)
Franc Grootjen, Theo Van der Weide
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Information Parallax
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ADAM: An Autonomic Approach to Database Management
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A Generic Internet Trading Framework for Online Auctions
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