1. Define what “neglected tropical diseases” are and their types, epidemiological situation and transmission
2. Understand differences between control, elimination, eradication of a disease and related with neglected tropical diseases
3. Describe the difference between “mass drug administration” and “case-based” approaches
4. Describe epidemiological indicators needed to monitor and evaluate interventions to control neglected tropical diseases
5. Describe main global challenges for neglected tropical diseases control in different areas (prevention, diagnostics, treatments, implementation and research)
6. Describe the interventions lead by WHO, local or regional governments or NGO in order to manage Neglected Tropical Diseases.
7. Understand the specificities of the work done by health professionals working in the field in NTD endemic areas
Evaluation has 3 parts (PBL sessions, PBL exam and group activity) and both of them must be passed independently. In case PBL exam or group activity are failed, there will be a second opportunity to do them, but with a maximum score of 5 points.
- PBL sessions evaluation will account for 50% of the module evaluation.
Criteria (Grade proportion)
Learning abilities (25%)
Interpersonal relationships (25%)
- The group activity with oral (video recorded) and written presentation will account for 30%.
- PBL exam will account for 20%.
Attendance to the Workshops and Seminars must be higher than 80%
Criteris específics de la nota «No Presentat»:
Not attending PBL sessions
Not attending workshops (more than 20%) because of a non justified reason.
Not participating in the activity group
More than 1 billion people – a sixth of the world’s population – suffer from one or more neglected tropical diseases. These diseases represent about 17% of the global burden of parasitic and infectious diseases.
Most neglected tropical diseases are endemic in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and in poor urban settings of low-income countries in Asia and Latin America. They lead to long-term disability, disfigurement, impaired childhood growth, adverse pregnancy outcomes and reduced economic productivity.
Neglected tropical diseases kill an estimated 534.000 people worldwide every year. Their impact on worker productivity adds up to billions of dollars lost annually and maintains low-income countries in poverty.
Addressing neglected tropical diseases from a public health perspective often involve negotiations not only on what we want (our interests), but also on core beliefs about public health needs and priorities, and the way government and society should be working to respond to those needs and priorities (our values). Negotiations involving value conflicts are often more challenging to resolve than negotiations based primarily on interests, because negotiators may be reluctant to trade off their principles for the sake of their interests.
This elective provides the opportunity to learn the current global situation of neglected tropical diseases, how large-scale interventions for control are organized and main challenges for implementation and sustainability of control.