Developing a Disease Control Programme

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    Hybrid (Synchronous Online or Face-to-Face)



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In most low and middle-income countries diseases such as TB, malaria, leishmania continue to be major causes of human suffering and preventable death. Interventions to control these diseases are well-described and proven to be effective but they are often not widely applied due to lack of resources, political commitment, and/or health systems issues. In this module, we will provide students with tools to develop a disease control programme that addresses gaps in service delivery at district level. We follow a participatory approach as it is done by a district health management team and together work through the planning cycle: situational analysis and needs assessment, priority setting, problem analysis, option appraisal, implementation plan including logical framework, and monitoring and evaluation. Students will learn how to identify a disease control problem from a real life, self-selected research study and alongside the teaching sessions they will develop their own programme. At the beginning of the second week of the module students will present the programme outline and receive formative feedback. During the second and third week, experts in the field present specific aspects of disease control programmes, taking account of changing epidemiological and demographic profiles, using the latest recommended interventions to control the diseases in question, and consider effective mechanisms to implement disease control interventions.

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5 weeks

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