The global burden of diseases, especially infectious diseases, is increasing year by year. Developments in the field of diagnosis, treatment and prevention are not in pace with the increasing burden in several regions of the world. Though a clear understanding of the diseases, the pathogen involved, the transmission pattern including the role of vectors help in the development of prevention strategies, the implementation process and the resulting success rate is not upto the expected level. Spatio-temporal variations do occur and an effective mechanism to translate the success stories into a common program is lacking. The interplay of various factors and complications resulting from technological advancement is a bottleneck. Statistical analysis and computational approach can reduce the difficulties to a major extent. Mathematical/computational modelling of infectious diseases is critically needed for decision making by public health officials. This modelling can also play a vital role in understanding disease dynamics and evaluation of intervention policies.
“Disease Modelling Initiative” is an effort to bring together the people who are interested in disease modelling and the experts in the field.