Towards an Agent-based Model to Monitor Epidemics and Chronic Diseases in DR Congo

Jean-Claude Tshilenge Mfumu, Annabelle Mercier, Christine Verdier, Michel Occello

Abstract

Many contagious diseases occurred around sub-Saharan countries in the last decade due to the inefficiency of health structures to anticipate disease outbreaks. In a huge poorly-infrastructured country such as The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with insufficient health staff and laboratory facilities, to provide quick response to an urgent case of epidemic is challenging especially facing the development of its rural areas. As DRC’s Health System has three levels (peripheral, regional and national levels), from producing health data at peripheral to national level that takes the decision, it can take time resulting in the spread of disease. The lack of communication between health centers and laboratory facilities in the same health zone does not contribute to regional riposte. This paper proposes to face this problem using an agent-centered approach to study through simulation how to improve the process. An experiment is described by agentifying two health zones on the same regional level to show how it can reduce the decision time.. It consists of 2 peripheral coordination offices, 2 labs and 2 health zones the former with 12 health centers and the latter with 20 health zones. The interaction between these agents will provide a first model to be compared with the current system in other to reduce decision time.

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Tshilenge Mfumu J., Mercier A., Verdier C. and Occello M. (2018). Towards an Agent-based Model to Monitor Epidemics and Chronic Diseases in DR Congo.In Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-281-3, pages 83-93. DOI: 10.5220/0006557900830093


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@conference{healthinf18,
author={Jean-Claude Tshilenge Mfumu and Annabelle Mercier and Christine Verdier and Michel Occello},
title={Towards an Agent-based Model to Monitor Epidemics and Chronic Diseases in DR Congo},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,},
year={2018},
pages={83-93},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006557900830093},
isbn={978-989-758-281-3},
}


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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,
TI - Towards an Agent-based Model to Monitor Epidemics and Chronic Diseases in DR Congo
SN - 978-989-758-281-3
AU - Tshilenge Mfumu J.
AU - Mercier A.
AU - Verdier C.
AU - Occello M.
PY - 2018
SP - 83
EP - 93
DO - 10.5220/0006557900830093