Course Schedule 2023-2024

Theoretical part in Stockholm

1st week – Malaria and other systemic protozoan infections (Nov 13th – 17th  2023)

Malaria: Taxonomy and life cycles, Epidemiology, Clinical aspects, Principles of therapy, Principles of prophylaxis, Pathogenesis, Diagnostic methods, Parasite morphology, Antimalarial drugs, Drug resistance, Malaria vaccines,  Anopheles entomology.
Other: African trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis, Chagas disease.

Afternoon: Case discussions. Practical training in microscopy and use of rapid diagnostic methods.

2nd week – Parasitic and intestinal infections (Dec 11th – 15th  2023)

Filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Gastrointestinal helminths, Echinococcus Liver flukes, Neurocysticercosis, Schistosomiasis, Intestinal protozoan infections, Diagnostic methods, Eosinophilia, Entomology, Medical anthropology.

Afternoon: Case discussions. Practical training in microscopy.

3nd week – HIV and other infections  (Jan 8th  ­12th 2024)

HIV: General overview on epidemiology with focus on low-income countries, Pathogenesis, Clinical aspects, HIV therapy, Mother to child transmission, Diagnosis and treatment of opportunistic infections, TB/HIV co-infection.

Other: Dengue fever, Viral haemorragic fevers, TB, STI and dermatology, Leprosy.

Thursday, Jan 11th  Distance e-learning case discussions

Friday,  Jan 12th  Final examination

Distance e-learning

The participants will be given literature recommendations for self studies including review articles and published clinical trials. They will have constant access to the teachers by mail. A total of five lectures will be available on the web. A number of case reports are distributed and written comments must be handed in to the course leaders. At the end of the course the cases are discussed.

The main diseases to be covered are:

  • Viral: Chickungunya, Rift valley fever, Japanese encephalitis, Poliomyelitis, Rabies, West Nile fever, Viral hepatitis (acute), Yellow fever, HTLV, Tetanus
  • Bacterial: Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Meloidosis, Plague, Q-fever, Rickettsia, relapsing fever and bacterial meningitis

Field visit to Ethiopia or Tanzania (Jan 27th – Feb 11th  2024)

The visit to Ethiopia will allow the participants to come into contact with the situation in a low-income country where resources are scarce. They will meet an abundant number of patients with different infections including complicated HIV and TB cases. The participants will experience the differences in living conditions, disease spectrum and facilities between the capital and remote rural areas (in southern Ethiopia).

The program in Ethiopia will be organized in collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine, Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa.