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Ente J.J. Rood

Department
Epidemiology
Title
Team lead Epidemiology
Phone
+31205688462

Ente J.J Rood, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute and one of the founders of the KIT Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology. Ente’s work focuses on the development of methods and statistical approaches to predict geographic distributions of disease and to compare spatial patterns of public health needs to geographic patterns of health service delivery.

In his recent work, Ente has developed a method to detect discrepancies in the prevention, detection and treatment of patients with Tuberculosis as well as Neglected Tropical Diseases. Ente has extensive experience in the use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and geostatistical methodologies to model and predict biological and epidemiological processes over space and time. Since 2011, Ente has been a trainer and coordinator of the annual short course “Using GIS for Global Health“.

Education and prior work, special functions

Prior to his work at KIT Health Ente obtained a Ph.D. degree in conservation ecology and environmental biology, specializing in environmental impact assessments. Before starting his Ph.D. research at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, Ente has worked on environmental development projects in Cameroon and Indonesia performing environmental hazard studies. During his Ph.D. research he has studied the effects of land use change and socio-economic agents on the sustainability of environmental services, ecological processes, species distributions and human livelihoods in the Indonesian province of Nanngroe Aceh Darussalam.

Description of group’s work

The work of the KIT epidemiology group is focused on strengthening public health activities and disease control programs. Combining expertise in epidemiology, environmental sciences, health information management and geographical information systems (GIS), the group conducts research, provides advisory and M&E services, and develops and offers tailor-made training programs. The group supports training and implementation of evidence-based health care and policy development.

Projects

  • Improving access to preventive medicine: a data visualization and analysis platform to support microplanning of schistosomiasis control  

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT and in country partners are designing a real time monitoring and evaluation platform to facilitate decision making for the control and management of schistosomiasis. This tool will build upon the MATCH methodology that seeks to inform decision making through better use of data.   In the 2021-2030 roadmap, the WHO calls for: With the limited resources available for reducing transmission and […]

  • Evaluation of the IDH-NICFI “Connecting Production, Protection & Inclusion” Landscape Programme

    • Institute
    • Project

    Landscape approaches seek to reconcile social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where agriculture and other productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals. The Sustainable Trade Initiative’s (IDH) pioneering role in promoting such landscape transformation is captured in the Production, Protection & Inclusion (PPI) approach – a three-pronged process that focuses on sustainably increasing productivity, protecting […]

  • Electronic Case based Surveillance: Using predictive modelling and real-time data to plan Active TB Case Finding in Pakistan

    • Institute
    • Project

    Pakistan has one of the highest burdens of tuberculosis (TB) in the world, a disease that infected as many as 10 million people and caused 1.4 million deaths globally in 2019. Around a quarter of the world’s population are thought to be infected with latent TB. The disease can remain dormant for years, until, for example, the immune system is […]

  • ASCEND: Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases

    • Institute
    • Project

    Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of infectious diseases that thrive in poor and rural settings, affecting 1.6 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, including 850 million children. Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ASCEND) is a new programme funded by the UK Department for International Development […]

  • Health Pooled Fund

    • Institute
    • Project

    South Sudan has experienced significant levels of fragility, conflict and violence for nearly half a century. It is estimated that over 400,000 lives have been lost since 2013 due to conflict and millions more have been displaced. With limited access to basic health services, it has some of the worst health indicators in the world, […]

  • Understanding Why Tuberculosis Cases are Missed in Bangladesh

    • Institute
    • Project

    In August 2017, a data analysis workshop was organised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during which stakeholders from various Bangladeshi institutions – including BRAC, MSH and ICDDR Bangladesh – worked together to generate new hypotheses about where missing cases of TB are found, whom they may be, why they may be missed, and which solutions are needed […]

  • Improving Urban Access to Tuberculosis Services in Pakistan

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT’s Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) supported Pakistan’s National TB Programme in the collection of data on TB diagnostic and treatment centers in Khairpur and Islamabad Capital Territory. Summary A number of countries that attended the Bangkok workshop on the KIT’s MATCH Approach to tuberculosis (TB) care subsequently requested continued support to either a) […]

  • Addressing Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Kazakhstan

    • Institute
    • Project

    Kazakhstan is one of thirty countries prioritised by the WHO because of its high-burden of multi drug-resistant (MDR)-Tuberculosis (TB). Summary The Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) of KIT Royal Tropical Institute was requested by The Global Fund to apply the MATCH Approach to tuberculosis care to support National Toxicology Programs in the Central Asian […]

  • Bangkok Workshop on the MATCH Approach to Tuberculosis Care in South & South-East Asia

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) of KIT Royal Tropical Institute provided training in the MATCH Approach to tuberculosis (TB) programme staff who use data to improve programme effectiveness. Funded by the Global Fund, The Stop TB Partnership and the WHO Global TB Program, the CASE team traveled to Bangkok to facilitate the “Regional […]

  • The KIT MATCH Approach for Enhancing TB Care Coverage

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute proudly presents: the MATCH approach (Mapping and Analysis for Tailored disease Control and Health system strengthening) for National Tuberculosis Programmes. MATCH supports National Tuberculosis Programmes to more effectively use resources to treat populations with ongoing tuberculosis transmission. The MATCH approach begins by gathering many – often underused – sources of data, for example: geographic, temporal, and demographic data. The […]

  • Lyme Disease in Europe: Perspectives for Surveillance

    • Institute
    • Project

    This project aims to increase our understanding of the epidemiology, risks and impact of Lyme borreliosis in Europe. Identifying spatial and temporal patterns in the incidence of infections will allow us to make recommendations of improved (risk-based) surveillance, and will increase of public and institutional awareness of Lyme risks in those area where Borrelia is most […]

  • Environmental Modelling for the Mitigation of Health Risks

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Earth Observation and ENVironmental modelling for the mitigation of HEAlth risks (EO2HEAVEN) project monitored environmental changes induced by human activities and enhanced integration of remotely sensed and in-situ environmental measurements with public health data. New insights were used to develop models relating environmental data to public health threats and to predict health risks. Healthy […]

  • GIS Tools for TB Programme Monitoring and Evaluation in Ethiopia

    • Institute
    • Project

    This projects promotes the application of the Geographic Information System (GIS) tools by applying geo-visualisation techniques and spatial analysis to routinely collected TB data. Tools and techniques providing information essential for a better understanding and effective targeting of supervision and remedial actions to improve TB program and its supporting TB laboratory services were developed as […]

Publications