# Applied Math Seminar: Ruijun Zhao (Claremont McKenna College)

## October 21 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Title: Mathematical models studying the effectiveness of control strategies for malaria

Abstract: According to the 2023 World Malaria Report: Nearly half the world’s population lives in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 85 countries and territories. In 2022, malaria caused an estimated 249 million clinical episodes, and 608,000 deaths. In this talk, we will discuss a few mathematical models that study the effectiveness of control strategies such as vaccines and insecticide-treated bednets. We will also discuss a model to understand the interplay between malaria dynamics, economic growth, and transient events. The challenges when conducting mathematical analysis and numerical simulation will also be discussed.