The VALIDATE Network - Vaccine development for complex intracellular neglected pathogens
Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis (Online Course - Available now)
Course dates: Available now
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) - also known as kala-azar - is endemic in parts of South Asia, East Africa, Southern Europe and South America. It is fatal if untreated, but the tools do exist to control and even eliminate VL transmission in some of these areas.
This online course will you give you an understanding of the biology and epidemiology of VL, then explain practical control and elimination tools that you can use to combat it.
You’ll look at real-world examples of current VL control and elimination programmes, and find out how to implement and evaluate a programme in your own setting.
Week 1 - Introduction to VL
Introduction to the biology, vectors and epidemiology of VL
Importance of controlling VL
Week 2 - Clinical management of VL: Diagnosis and treatment
Clinical symptoms and different VL diagnostic tools
Treatment regimens and anti-leishmanial drugs
Week 3 - Focusing on the vector of VL
Sand fly biology and behaviour
Vector control tools
Emerging challenges in vector control
Week 4 - Tools that complement clinical management and vector control for control and elimination programmes against VL
Monitoring and evaluation
Outbreaks and outbreak management
Health system strengthening
Elimination & sustainability of control
For how to apply, or to find out more about this course, visit the Future Learn website.