Course on Tropical Disease Control

Johan P VELEMA velema at mgz.fgg.eur.nl
Wed Sep 24 01:24:44 EST 1997

 A course organized from 16 to 27 March 1998 
 by the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)
 and the department of Public Health, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
 Decision making on how money can be spent most effectively for the control
 of tropical diseases should be supported by a systematic comparison of the
 available control options. Mathematical, quantitative models are developed
 to organize the available evidence in a coherent framework and permit
 estimation of short term and long term effects.
 - The public health burden of disease in different parts of the 
   world and ways to reduce it
 - Different types of quantitative models for the evaluation of 
   tropical disease control and their application
 - Different measures of duration and quality of life and how to 
   use each one appropriately
 - Interpretation of the information generated by mathematical 
   models, including an understanding of their limitations
 - Ways in which interventions can affect disease transmission
   and disease occur-rence both on the short term and on the long term
 - Measuring the costs incurred by the individual and the 
   community as a consequence of disease
 - Modelling approaches for specific diseases such as Leprosy, 
   Schistosomiasis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Lymfatic 
 - Students will learn to work with the user-friendly software
   ONCHOSIM, a computer simulation programme  for the 
   transmission and control of Onchocerciasis.
 This course is designed for those who are involved in the planning,
 management or evaluation of tropical disease control programmes and those
 who do research in this area, whether in their own country or in an
 international context, and who are interested in the systematic reasoning
 which the use of disease control models stimulates. For students wishing to
 develop mathematical models themselves, this course should be considered as
 a first introduction to the subject. Participants are assumed to be
 familiar with basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics. A general
 familiarity with computers is an advantage.
 Prof. Dik Habbema, Drs. Willem-Jan Meerding, Drs. Bram Meima, Dr. Gerrit
 van Oortmarssen, Dr. Anton Plaisier, Dr. Johan Velema (course
 co-ordinator), Dr. Sake de Vlas and Drs. Carina van Vliet, who are all
 staff members of the Center for Decision Sciences for Tropical Disease
 Control, department of Public Health, Erasmus University Rotterdam. In
 addition, guest lecturers from other institutions will contribute to the
 For more information please visit our website: www.eur.nl/fgg/nihes or
 contact: The Admissions Co-ordinator, the Netherlands Institute for Health
 Sciences, Erasmus University Medical School, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR
 Rotterdam, The Netherlands.    Phone: + 31 10 408 82 88, Fax: + 31 10 436
 59 33, e-mail: NIHES at nihes.fgg.eur.nl
 Dr. Johan P. Velema
 Programme Coordinator
 Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences
 P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, Netherlands
 phone: +31-10-408-7992 fax: +31-10-436-5933

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