The schedule below was for the course 2017-2018. The schedule for the next course (2019-20) will most likely be structured in a similar way.
Theoretical part in Stockholm
1st week – Malaria and other systemic protozoan infections. ( Nov 13th –17th 2017)
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 4th – 8th 2017)
Filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Gastrointestinal helminths, Echinococcus Liver flukes, Neurocysticercosis, Schistosomiasis, Intestinal protozoan infections, Non protozoan intestinal infections Diagnostic methods, Eosinophilia. Entomology, Medical anthropology.
Afternoon: Case discussions. Practical training in microscopy.
3nd week – HIV and other infections (Jan 8th – 12th 2016)
HIV (2 days): 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
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 ( Jan 27th – Feb 11th 2018)
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 tropical infections as well as complicated HIV and TB cases. The participants will experience the differences in living conditions, disease spectrum and facilities between the capital and a remote rural area (Arba Minch).
The program in Ethiopia is organized in collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine, Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa.