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Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis

Understand the spread of Visceral leishmaniasis, and gain practical tools to control and combat it in your setting.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsVANESSA YARDLEY: According to the latest World Health Organisation figures, over half a billion people are at risk of being infected with the disease called visceral leishmaniasis. It is a disease that typically affects the poor and other vulnerable groups and it is a disease that is invariably fatal if untreated. So what can we do about visceral leishmaniasis? Well, there are diagnostics available and treatments that can be used that give complete recovery. Other tools exist to enable control of visceral leishmaniasis and reduce the burden of disease in the human populations affected. I'm Vanessa Yardley, Assistant Professor

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsSIMON CROFT: and I'm Simon Croft, Professor of parasitology here, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We're the lead educators for this course. Our institute is a world-famous centre of excellence in the field of tropical medicine and public health and has particular expertise in neglected tropical disease research. As part of a group of scientists and clinicians working on visceral leishmaniasis, we are able to call on their knowledge and experience to contribute to this course. The school is also a lead partner in the UK aid-funded KalaCORE programme, which is supporting this course.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsVANESSA YARDLEY: Over the course of four weeks, we will cover the basic biology of the parasite that causes visceral leishmaniasis, the sand-fly that transmits the parasite, and the distribution and burden of the disease. We will introduce you to the methods to diagnose and treat VL in disease endemic countries. We will then discuss the different methods involved in the control of VL and give practical advice on how to approach disease control.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsSIMON CROFT: We will lead you through a series of videos, articles, and interviews, which will include contributions from experts on visceral leishmaniasis; experts who are trained in public health, in treatment, and disease control in South Asia and East Africa. We've designed the course to inform people who are directly involved with the control of leishmaniasis. By bringing together all aspects of VL control and elimination, we anticipate the course will be relevant to health workers and other stakeholders with an interest in the control and elimination of visceral leishmaniasis.

When would you like to start?

  • 2018
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • 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.

Who is the course for?

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.

Who will you learn with?

Vanessa Yardley

I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Disease at LSHTM. My interests are in drug discovery, particularly for kinetoplastid infections, and in parasitology.

Simon Croft

I am Professor of Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have worked on leishmaniasis for over 40 years, mainly on drug discovery and development.

Who developed the course?

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity worldwide.

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What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
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To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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