Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis
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Control and combat visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar)
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.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals who are working in the field on visceral leishmaniasis control. It will also be useful for those with an interest in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and vector control.
- Describe the cause of visceral leishmaniasis, the way it is transmitted and the basic epidemiology of the disease.,Identify the symptoms and the tools used for the diagnosis and treatment of visceral leishmaniasis, in order to improve case management.,Explore the use of vector control methods to prevent bites from infected sand-flies such as using bed-nets and insecticides.,Reflect on the realities of implementing a VL control programme and the role of community outreach, disease surveillance and control program evaluation.
- This course is designed for healthcare professionals who are working in the field on visceral leishmaniasis control. It will also be useful for those with an interest in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and vector control.