Assessing the interruption of the transmission of human helminths with mass drug administration alone: optimizing the design of cluster randomized trials

17 Feb 2017
Roy Anderson, Sam Farrell, Hugo Turner, Judd Walson, Christl A. Donnelly and James Truscott

A method is outlined for the use of an individual-based stochastic model of parasite transmission dynamics to assess different designs for a cluster randomized trial in which mass drug administration (MDA) is employed in attempts to eliminate the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) in defined geographic locations. The hypothesis to be tested is: Can MDA alone interrupt the transmission of STH species in defined settings? Clustering is at a village level and the choice of clusters of villages is stratified by transmission intensity (low, medium and high) and parasite species mix (either Ascaris, Trichuris or hookworm dominant).

Soil-Transmitted Helminths Interrupting transmission Cluster randomized trial design Stochastic models of transmission Mass Drug Administration