Optimal control and effect of poor sanitation on modelling the acute diarrhea infection

N. O. Lasisi1 , N. I. Akinwande2 , S. Abdulrahaman3

1Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda, Nigeria

2Department of Mathematics, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria

3Department of Mathematics, Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi, Nigeria

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Journal of Complexity in Health Sciences, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2020, p. 91-103. https://doi.org/10.21595/chs.2020.21409
Received 5 April 2020; received in revised form 19 May 2020; accepted 31 May 2020; published 30 June 2020

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Acute diarrhea disease has a greater threat to human population especially in poor sanitary or hygienic environments, which caused enormous mortality and mobility in the Society. In this paper, we proposed a model to describe the transmission of the acute diarrhea disease and optimal control strategies in a community. The reproduction number and global dynamics of the model are obtained. Global Stability of the Disease free and endemic state of the model equations is determined. It was found that, the Disease Free Equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable in feasible region if R01 and Endemic state is globally asymptotically stable when R0>1. The Optimal control problem is designed with two control strategies, namely, the prevention through minimizing the contact between the infected with acute diarrhea infectious and susceptible, and treatment of an individual. The existence of optimal control model is obtained. Numerical results of the dynamics of the disease are presented. It was found that, as the effective contact rate increases, it increases the reproduction number of the model equations, also as the effectiveness of compliance of good hygiene increases, it decreases the reproduction number of the model by varying the contact rate and more so, as production rate of acute diarrhea bacteria increases, it increases the secondary cases of the infected individuals.

Keywords: acute diarrhea infection, basic reproduction number, modelling, global stability.

1. Introduction

Acute diarrhea is one of the most common reported illnesses in developing Country, according to World Health Organisation (WHO), it is second leading cause of mortality in children young than four years old, particularly in the developing world. Diarrhea infection which may lasts less than 2 weeks is known as acute diarrhea, while, Chronic diarrhea lasts longer than 4 weeks. Diarrhea infection is an increase in the number of stools, but stool consistency is really the characteristic. The symptoms include abdominal cramps fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and urgency [1]. Exposure to causative agent such bacteria and virus are often transmitted by the fecal-oral route, so hand washing and hygiene are important to prevent infection. Soap and water are better because alcohol-based hand sanitizers may not kill viruses [1].

Mortality from acute diarrhea is globally declining but remains high in developing Country. Most estimates considered diarrhea infection as the second cause of childhood mortality, with 18 % of the 10.6 million yearly deaths in children younger than age 5 years [1]. Despite progressive reduction in global diarrhea disease mortality over the past 2 decades, diarrhea morbidity slightly increased worldwide from 1990-2000 compare with previous reports [1]. Furthermore, in many Countries in which the toll of diarrhea is high, adding poverty is enormous additional burden [2].

Mathematical models have played an essential role to the dynamics of different virus infection [3]. Among the most popular are Ebola Virus [3], Hepatitis B Virus [4]. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) [5-7]. These models have been helpful to study the control of the virus kinetics in order to provide a quantitative understanding and create public awareness of the virus, while [8-13] have designed mathematical models to explore the transmission dynamics and control of the infection. Hence, with the scarcity of data and no literature review on acute diarrhea infection, the assumptions and estimation of the values of the parameters of the model would be considered.

2. Model formulation

The model equations are formulated using ordinary differential equations with nonlinear incidence rate called force of infection. We incorporated Vaccination class, Effectiveness of sanitations and Control measures, as well as Optimal Control Strategies. The population is divided into five classes: susceptible class (X): this class includes the individuals at risk for acute diarrheal infection after infected it then move to Infected class with thick arrow line. Infected class (I): this includes an individuals who have been infected and shows symptom of the infection, after treatment it then move to recovery class, without treatment it contribute to bacteria population with thick arrow directed to Bacteria class. Vaccination (V): this is individual who vaccinated against the infection. Recovery class (R): this class includes all individuals that have recovered from the infection and move back to susceptible and Concentration of Bacteria is CB, as shown in Fig. 1, CB is interact with population X as it shown with dash arrow and become infected I with tick line, I recovered and move to Recovery class R, meanwhile, R have only temporary recovery, it then move back to X, X is vaccinated and move to vaccination class and vaccination win out an become susceptible (X) again.

Fig. 1. Schematic representation for the acute diarrhea model

Schematic representation for the acute diarrhea model

The transfer rates between the sub-classes are collection of several epidemiological parameters. The susceptible human population (X) is increase by recruitment rate Λ, the rate at which individuals is vaccinated is ω2 and f is the proportion of individuals who are vaccinated. The proportion of unvaccinated individuals is (1-f) and ω1 is the rate of loosing immunity from vaccination individuals. μ is the natural death rate which is applicable to all the classes. Bacteria (CB) interact with X and become infected with force of infection βCB/(K+CB), it then move to infected class (I), where β is the effective contact rate, also, K is the concentration of the bacteria in contaminated environment, and CB/(K+CB) is the probability of individuals in consuming foods or drinks contaminated caused by bacteria, the rate at which infected individuals die as a result of disease is δ and ϕ is the effectiveness of compliance of good hygiene. Meanwhile, The rate at which individuals recovered from I class as a result of treatment from infection is γ, there is no permanent recovery from the infection, recovery (R) individuals move back to susceptible class at the rate of ψ. Population of Bacteria (CB) increase at the rate of θ, the mortality rate of bacteria is μp and the rate of sanitation which lead to death of bacteria is φ. The model flow diagram is shown in Fig. 1. The dash line from Bacteria class (CB) to susceptible class (X) shows that susceptible individuals get the infection from Bacteria. The tick lines show the movement of one class to another class.

Based on the above schematic representation and assumptions of the models, the equations governing the dynamics of the Acute diarrhea infection are given as:


3. The model analysis

3.1. Invariant region

To obtain the invariant region, we considered the total human population (N), where N=X+I+V+R. Then, the differentiation of N with respect to time leading to:


Then we have:


As t in Eq. (8), the population size NΛ/μ which means that 0μΛ/μ. Thus, the feasible solution set of the system equations of the model enters and remains in the region: Ω={(X,I,V,R)R4:NΛ/μ}.

Therefore, the basic model is well posed epidemiologically and mathematically. Hence, it is sufficient to study the dynamics of the basic model in region Ω.

3.2. The disease free equilibrium (DFE)

To find the disease free equilibrium, we set the Eq. (1) to zero (0) and solve simultaneously, we make CB in Eq. (6) subject of the expression and substitute into Eq. (2), we get:

I=0   or   βXθ(1-ϕ)(Kμp+Kφ+θI)-γ-(μ+δ)=0.

Since I=0, then it implies CB=0, R=0.Therefore, the disease free equilibrium:


3.3. The basic reproduction number(R0)

The R0 is the secondary infection cases infected on average per person, to obtain the basic reproduction number, we used the next generation matrix which is the approach adopted by [3]. Both F(x) and V(x) are obtained from the model Eqs. (1-6) of the disease free equilibrium (DFE), we have:

II=βCB(1-ϕ)XK+CB-γI-μ+δI,     C BI=θI-μp+φCB.

Therefore, F(x) is the inflow of the infected class while V(x) is the outflow of the infected class, we have the following:

f=f1f2=(1-ϕ)βCBK+CBXθI,     F=0K(1-ϕ)β(K+CB)2Xθ0.

The Jacobian matrix of f and v evaluated at DFE are given by F and V, we get:

v=(γ+μ+δ)I(μp+φ)CB,     V=γ+μ+δ00μp+φ.

The characteristics equation of FV-1 is obtained with the inverse of V as:


The dominant eigenvalues of FV-1 which is the spectral radius give:


Therefore, the basic reproduction number (R0) after substitution of X0 is given as:


3.4. Global stability of DFE

Theorem 1. The disease free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable if R0<1.

Proof: To show this theorem, we construct suitable Lyapunov function is given by:


We differentiate Eq. (14) with respect to t and substitute Eqs. (1-5) into the differentiation, we get:


From Eq. (15) yields:


So if R0<1 then dLdt<1 or if CB=0dLdt=0. Hence, L is Lyapunov function on Ω and largest compact invariant set in {(X,I,V,R,CB)Ω,dL/dt=0} is the singleton (X,0,V,0,0). Therefore, by Lasalle’s invariance principle Eq. (16), that all the solution of the model Eqs. (1-5) with initial condition in the region which approach the DFE at time tends to infinity when R01, hence, DFE is globally asymptotically stable in the feasible region Ω if R01.

3.5. The endemic equilibrium

The endemic equilibrium state is denoted by E*=(X*,I*,V*,R*,CB*) and this occurs when the infection is persistence in the population. To obtain this, we equate the system of Eqs. (1-5) to zero and we have the following:


3.6. Global stability of endemic equilibrium (EE)

Theorem 2. If R0>1, the endemic equilibrium state is globally asymptotically stable, otherwise, unstable if R0<1



The differentiation of Eqs. (18) is gives by:


As a result of Eqs. (20-22), we get:


For the function V(X)=1-X+InX, we know that X>0 leads to V(X)0 and if X=1, then V(X)=0:

dL(X,I)dtβCB*(1-ϕ)X*(K+CB*)1-XCB(K+CB*)X*CB*(K+CB)-X*X+CB(K+CB*)CB*(K+CB)      +β(1-ϕ)X*CB*(K+CB*)XCB(K+CB)X*CB*(K+CB*)-II*-XCB(K+CB)X*CB*(K+CB*)I*I+I*III*,
dL(X,I)dtβCB*(1-ϕ)X*(K+CB*)1-XCB(K+CB*)X*CB*(K+CB)-X*X+CB(K+CB*)CB*(K+CB)      +β(1-ϕ)X*CB*(K+CB*)XCB(K+CB*)X*CB*(K+CB)-II*+I*XCB(K+CB*)IX*CB*(K+CB)+1,



Consequently, we have:




Therefore, it can be seen from Eqs. (27) that largest invariant subset when dL/dt=0 is E*, by lasalle’s invariance principle, E* is globally asymptotically stable when R0>1.

4. Extension of the model equations into optimal control system

The model of acute diarrhea infection is generalized by incorporating two control strategies. The control is α1 which minimize the contact of susceptible and bacteria and control α2 which is the treatment of individuals who developed symptoms of the infection. Therefore, incorporating the controls into the model, we get the following:




Our main objective is to obtain the optimal levels of the controls and associated state variables that optimize the objective function. The objective functional is given by:


And the minimizing the cost function [2], that is J(α1*(),α2*())=minu1,u2(α1(),α2()), where, 0α1<0.95,0α2<0.95, t[0,T].

The state variable coefficients b and with controls w1, w2 are positive. Since the cost is nonlinear in its condition, here we considered the cost with controls in a quadratic form 12wi*αi2 [2]. The aim of this work is to minimize the number of infective and cost that is to get the optimal (α1*,α2*)J(α1*,α2*)=min{(α1,α2)/αiU}, where, U={(α1,α2)/ each αi is measurable with 0αi<1 for 0ttf}.

4.1. Existence of an optimal control

The Hamiltonian and Optimal system, we used the approach of [2] such that:


where, L(X,I,V,R,CB)=bI+12i=12wi*αi2, λ1, λ2, λ3, λ4, and, λ5 are the adjoint variable functions. To obtain the adjoint variables, we followed [2].

Theorem 3. There exist an optimal control α1 and α2 which are corresponding Solutions, X, I, V, R, and CB that minimize J(α1,α2) over U there exist adjoint functions λ1, λ2, λ3, λ4, and, λ5:


With transverscility conditions, λi(tf)=0, i=1,...,5.

And the control of α1*,α2* is:




And for characterisation of the optimal control, we used partial differential equations Hdαi=0, at αi=αi*, where, i=1,2.

For i=1, Hα1=0 at:


For i=2, Hα2=0 at:


Since 0<αi*<1, we can write in a compact notation:


4.2. The optimality system

It is a system of Eqs. (28-32) and adjoint Eqs. (37-41) incorporating with the characteristics of optimal control and initial as well as transversality conditions. The following optimality is presented:

λitf=0,   i=1,2,3,4,5,     X0=X0,     I(0)=I0,
V0=V0,     R0=R0,      CB(0)=CB0.

5. Numerical results and discussion

The model is simulated using the parameter values in Table 1, to assess the effect of different strategies considered the two control measures in this study are education awareness, environmental sanitations and hygiene, and Treatment of an individuals. The graphical results obtained are shown below.

Fig. 2 shows the effect of compliance of good hygiene on basic reproduction number R0, it is observed from Fig. 1 that, as compliance rate of good hygiene (ϕ) increases, the reproduction number decreases (R0). In Fig. 3, we varying the rate of effective contact rate (β), we observed that as effective contact rate decreases, it also decreases the basic reproduction number. It is observed from Fig. 4 that as production rate of Bacteria infection (θ) from infected human increases, it increases the basic reproduction number R0, varying the recovery rate (γ), it was discovered that as recovery parameter increases, it decreases the basic reproduction number. Meanwhile, Fig. 5 shows the effect of recruitment rate (Λ) on the basic reproduction number R0, it is observed that as recruitment rate (Λ) increases, it increases the basic reproduction number R0.

Table 1. Definition of the parameters and values

Definition of the parameter
Human populations rate
Rate of loosing immunity from vaccination individuals
Rate of recovered humans to become Susceptible
Rate at which individuals are vaccinated
Exposure to contaminated food and water (Effective contact rate)
Compliance rate of waters and foods Hygiene
Recovery rate of infected humans
Production of Bacteria infection from infected humans
Natural human mortality
Disease induced dearth rate
Proportion of unvaccinated individuals
Concentration of the bacteria in contaminated water
Mortality rate for bacteria
Water Sanitation lead to dearth of Bacteria

Fig. 2. Effect of compliance of Hygiene on reproduction number

Effect of compliance of Hygiene  on reproduction number

Fig. 3. Varying the rate of exposure to contaminated foods and waters (β) on reproduction number

Varying the rate of exposure to contaminated foods and waters (β) on reproduction number

Fig. 4. Production rate of Bacteria infection on reproduction number

Production rate of Bacteria infection  on reproduction number

Fig. 5. Effect of recruitment rate (Λ) on the basic reproduction number

Effect of recruitment rate (Λ)  on the basic reproduction number

We examine the effect of α1t and α2t respectively, as two control measures (α1, α2) were used to optimize the objective function J(α1(),α2()). It means minimizing the contact between the infected and susceptible individuals, and treatment of acute diarrhea infectious is also optimized. We observed from Fig. 6, line one (α1=α2=0) that the acute diarrheal infection is not effectively control as basic reproduction number increases. In line two (α1=0,α20) only α2 is used to optimize the objective function J(α1(),α2()), while setting α1 to zero, this is the only treatment without prevention and it is observed that it is not like having prevention by minimizing the contact between the infected individuals and susceptible. In line three (α10,α2=0) with this measure, it is clearly suggested that this strategy is very efficient and effective in controlling the basic reproduction number of the model equations. In line four (α1α20), we observed that acute diarrhea infection of individuals is effectively control as basic reproduction number reduces.

Fig. 6. Effective contact rate on reproduction number, varying the control strategies

Effective contact rate on reproduction number, varying the control strategies

6. Conclusions

In this study, we presented an improved model for the transmission of acute diarrehea infection, two models were considered; we presented an acute diarrhea infection with effectiveness of compliance of good hygiene. The second model was an optimal control model that included two control measures with one minimizing the interaction between the susceptible and bacteria infectious, and the other is increasing the number of treated individuals. From the analysis, it was found that, the Disease Free Equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable if R00 and Endemic state is globally asymptotically stable when R0>0. Graphically, the reproduction number shown significant reduction as the strategy (α1α20) suggested that optimal prevention and treatment regime against acute diarrhea infection in a population would be a good approach to effectively control or eradicate the acute diarrhea infection.


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