Intensive Training Course/Workshop on the Taxonomy and Identification of Mosquitoes, Ticks and Sandflies from Lao PDR
This course is provided in the context of a US DOD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) Project to strengthen capacity in the area arthropod morphology and morphological identification of these insect and tick vectors. Vector borne diseases are the a major cause of high morbidity and mortality in Lao PDR and the Greater Mekong Subregion region. This is the first in depth training course/workshop on arthropod taxonomy to be given in Lao PDR. Participants are coming from Ministry of Health, Provincial Health services as well as the Lao Military Medical Department. Apart from strengthening capacity this course is to also organize a entomological network throughout Lao PDR (Lao EntNet). The Lao EntNet will play an important role in mitigating arthropod vector borne diseases and relaying valuable information for the provincial level to the central level.
Training and education is done through the research laboratories but also in a Dedicated Training Centre to teach accurate laboratory diagnostic procedures, including sample collection, storage and transport of biological specimens, quality assurance, laboratory management and bio safety. Additional higher-level specialized courses will be offered on vector borne diseases, rabies diagnostics, and specialized courses on other infectious diseases.
It is composed of
1) a “wet lab” teaching platform including a Video- Conferencing system for e-learning,
2) a standard class room for lectures and
3) a BSL2 security lab to give students the opportunity to acquire the proper reflexes when working on bio security Level 2 agents (Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, etc…)
The IP Laos Training Centre is able to host a maximum of 16 students at a time.
It is set up to train both IPL staff and extramural trainees working at national, provincial or district level. It can also serve as a regional facility for biosecurity enhancement.
A syllabus of Short courses in the areas of basic microbiological skills, serology, molecular biology, biosafety, scientific writing, etc. will be set up for extramural trainees.
Furthermore, the Training Center host a wide range of regional training courses in with the context of the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP). All courses are given in English or French except for training of provincial health workers where the courses will be translated into Lao.
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