Ryan Shyu, 2013, Economics

This summer I interned in New Delhi, India with The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. The overall goal of my work was to do research to help make better anti-malaria public policy in India. My main project consisted of creating a statistical model using sales of antimalarial drugs to help estimate the malaria burden in India. Existing methods for estimating malaria incidence are often unreliable and slow; data on malaria incidence are often produced only after multiple-year lags. On the other hand, data on antimalarial sales are readily available, so such a predictive model would be useful to policymakers not only in estimating the malaria burden more accurately, but also in expediting the estimation process. This project is still in progress and will hopefully be completed soon. I also assisted with other tasks, most notably helping conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of various anti-malaria public health interventions ranging from treatment with different types of antimalarials to preventative measures such as insecticide-treated bed nets.