Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsJUDITH GLYNN: Hello. I'm Judith Glynn from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Welcome to the course on Ebola in Context, Understanding Transmission, Response and Control. In this course, well look at how Ebola, a disease that many people had never heard of until last year, has caused a humanitarian crisis and worldwide panic. We will look at the principles of infectious disease transmission that underlie it and the social context of the epidemic, and how we can combine our understanding of how infectious diseases behave, on the one hand, and of the context, on the other, to reduce transmission and control the outbreak.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsWe will look at how we measure what's going on and the impact of interventions and to consider the lessons for the future. The course is taught by experts from a wide range of disciplines, from epidemiologists and clinicians to anthropologists and health systems researchers. Many have been directly involved with the Ebola outbreak at different stages and from different angles. In each section, we look at the theory and at the context and challenges. We will use lectures, exercises, discussions, and videos, and provide links to further reading. By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the key principles underlying infectious disease spread and of the key importance of context in determining transmission and shaping control methods.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsWe hope you find the course useful.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to the course, titled Ebola in Context: Understanding Transmission, Response and Control. I’m Professor Judith Glynn, the Lead Educator for the course, and over the next three weeks we will explore how we need to combine understanding of how infectious diseases behave with their context, in order to reduce transmission and control an outbreak.

We will use mini-lectures, exercises, and discussions to analyse the current Ebola outbreak, and provide links to further reading. By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Understand the key principles that underlie the spread of infectious diseases
  • Consider the importance of context in determining transmission and shaping control efforts.

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Course mentor: Megan Kill
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Ebola in Context: Understanding Transmission, Response and Control

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine