Training

What skills should entomologists and vector control specialists have access to in order to do their job to the best of their ability? This section provides guidance and resources across technical, programme, and personal skills development for current and prospective vector control specialists and entomologists. This ranges from developing and maintaining good project management skills in order to administer efficient vector control initiatives, to technical training toolkits for entomology and vector control, including vector biology and fundamentals of parasitology, entomological surveillance techniques, and data mapping and presentation skills. Also featured are various resources to advance communications skills- creating effective PowerPoint presentations, and writing tips to influence different audiences- as well as guidance for technical writings, and online training for basic and advanced data analysis tools.


Free Online Course: The Global Challenge of Vector Borne Diseases and How to Control Them

The spread of vector-borne diseases, including malaria, Zika virus and dengue fever, are of global concern.

In 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released their Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) document which promotes a stronger, strategic worldwide approach to controlling vectors of disease.

On this course, you will learn about a wide range of vectors and the

diseases they transmit, from the Aedes mosquito and the Zika virus, to the tsetse fly and African sleeping sickness.

You will explore the WHO GVCR document, and will also discover how vector-borne diseases are distributed, and the suitability of vector control practices designed to prevent the spread of these dangerous diseases.

Please copy and Paste this link into your computer to access the Course Registration site and for more information:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/vector-borne-diseases?utm_campaign=Share+Links&utm_medium=futurelearn-run_details&utm_source=twitter

Malaria Challenges in the COVID-19 Era

Malaria endemic regions face unique challenges when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this one-on-one interview, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme, talks about the challenges of simultaneously fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and controlling malaria outbreaks in endemic countries. What are the medical and public health concerns, and what are the strategies for addressing both threats successfully?

This Keystone Symposia virtual event was made possible in collaboration with the MESA Alliance and WHO.

Read more and watch the interview here
https://virtual.keystonesymposia.org/ks/live/442/page/2497

Malaria Challenges in the COVID-19 EraMalaria endemic regions face unique challenges when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this one-on-one interview, Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme, talks about the challenges of simultaneously fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and…virtual.keystonesymposia.org

MOOC- Learn Implementation Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty online. Deadline to register 23 March 2020

A new session of the TDR Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Implementation Research (IR) on Infectious Diseases of Poverty is now organized by TDR.

This free online course will introduce you to designing IR projects that make proven health interventions more widely available to people at risk of diseases of poverty.

This course is open to all applicants. No technical or scientific background is required, though a health background will be an advantage.

Language: English with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Course starts on 25 March 2020.

To register, please contact:  launoisp@who.int   

Consult the course flyer for more information.

More information about TDR MOOC

The BBC Radio Forum programme ‘Man vs Mosquito’ broadcasted on 20 February 2020. The link and mp3 below leads to the full interview.

Mosquitos are a fast-adapting, elusive enemy which humans have been trying to combat for thousands of years. As vectors of dangerous diseases, these tiny insects have killed more people in human history than any other animal. So what impact has the mosquito had on our lives? How have humans tried to halt its spread? And who is winning the battle? Joining Bridget Kendall to discuss the history of man and the mosquito are Dr. Erica McAlister, Senior Curator of Diptera – Flies – at the Natural History Museum in London; Dr. Timothy Winegard, historian and author of The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator; and Dr. Clifford Mutero of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya, and author of Mosquito Hunter: Chronicles of an African Insect Scientist.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyp64

Keystone Virtual Symposium – Vector/Vertebrate Host Interactions APRIL 9, 2020 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

virtual event hosted by Keystone will take place on April 9, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM, it is free and all you need is to register for the event and have access to the internet!

Please see information below:

Event Title: The Arthropod-Vertebrate Interface in Vector-Borne Diseases

Event Page: http://bit.ly/VKSarthropod   Please register through this page.

Event Hashtag: #VKSarthropod

Register for the NDPIA course “Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors” in June at Umeå University

When:
15/06/2020 – 18/06/2020
All Day

Where:
Umeå University

What:
The aim of this 2 ECTS NDPIA course is to provide an in depth understanding of pathogen-vector interaction and transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne pathogen. It will provide better understanding of mosquitoes as vectors of arboviruses and parasites most of which are zoonotic in nature and affect both humans and animals.

The course will include various aspects of the mosquito vector including; ecology, biology, population genetics, competence, capacity and how these factors influence transmission to the susceptible host.

The course will also cover vector surveillance, identification, diagnostics, prevention and control, as well as application of high-throughput sequencing platforms in virus discovery.

Only 30 spots available. Click here to register!

Registration deadline: May 15th, 2020

Read more

Video – Inside and Out: Building Advice for Vector-Borne Disease Prevention

Konstantina Boutsika from RBM VCWG sent out this wonderful little video about “Building out” mosquitoes, targeting malaria and dengue. Really great video and only about three minutes, well worth watching. The video on the link below shows simple steps to take for protecting houses from mosquitoes and removing potential breeding sites from the surroundings https://www.bovanetwork.org/useful-resources/inside-and-out-building-advice-for-vector-borne-disease-prevention

Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Malaria Programs: Online Course

Surveillance and M&E of malaria programs: Although not strictly related to vectors, some of you may nevetheless be interested in this, so we thought we would make it available here: This course introduces fundamental concepts of surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation (SME) as they relate to malaria programs. The course introduces common SME data sources for malaria programs and outlines their main strengths and weaknesses. It also provides an overview of analysis, interpretation, and presentation of malaria-related data. This course was produced by MEASURE Evaluation with support from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through the United States Agency for International Development. Here is the link (click on the text below, then click again): https://www.measureevaluation.org/resources/publications/ms-20-184

Training

What skills should entomologists and vector control specialists have access to in order to do their job to the best of their ability? This section provides guidance and resources across technical, programme, and personal skills development for current and prospective vector control specialists and entomologists. This ranges from developing and maintaining good project management skills in order to administer efficient vector control initiatives, to technical training toolkits for entomology and vector control, including vector biology and fundamentals of parasitology, entomological surveillance techniques, and data mapping and presentation skills. Also featured are various resources to advance communications skills- creating effective PowerPoint presentations, and writing tips to influence different audiences- as well as guidance for technical writings, and online training for basic and advanced data analysis tools.


Free Online Course: The Global Challenge of Vector Borne Diseases and How to Control Them

The spread of vector-borne diseases, including malaria, Zika virus and dengue fever, are of global concern.

In 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released their Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) document which promotes a stronger, strategic worldwide approach to controlling vectors of disease.

On this course, you will learn about a wide range of vectors and the

diseases they transmit, from the Aedes mosquito and the Zika virus, to the tsetse fly and African sleeping sickness.

You will explore the WHO GVCR document, and will also discover how vector-borne diseases are distributed, and the suitability of vector control practices designed to prevent the spread of these dangerous diseases.

Please copy and Paste this link into your computer to access the Course Registration site and for more information:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/vector-borne-diseases?utm_campaign=Share+Links&utm_medium=futurelearn-run_details&utm_source=twitter

Malaria Challenges in the COVID-19 Era

Malaria endemic regions face unique challenges when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this one-on-one interview, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme, talks about the challenges of simultaneously fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and controlling malaria outbreaks in endemic countries. What are the medical and public health concerns, and what are the strategies for addressing both threats successfully?

This Keystone Symposia virtual event was made possible in collaboration with the MESA Alliance and WHO.

Read more and watch the interview here
https://virtual.keystonesymposia.org/ks/live/442/page/2497

Malaria Challenges in the COVID-19 EraMalaria endemic regions face unique challenges when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this one-on-one interview, Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme, talks about the challenges of simultaneously fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and…virtual.keystonesymposia.org

MOOC- Learn Implementation Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty online. Deadline to register 23 March 2020

A new session of the TDR Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Implementation Research (IR) on Infectious Diseases of Poverty is now organized by TDR.

This free online course will introduce you to designing IR projects that make proven health interventions more widely available to people at risk of diseases of poverty.

This course is open to all applicants. No technical or scientific background is required, though a health background will be an advantage.

Language: English with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Course starts on 25 March 2020.

To register, please contact:  launoisp@who.int   

Consult the course flyer for more information.

More information about TDR MOOC

The BBC Radio Forum programme ‘Man vs Mosquito’ broadcasted on 20 February 2020. The link and mp3 below leads to the full interview.

Mosquitos are a fast-adapting, elusive enemy which humans have been trying to combat for thousands of years. As vectors of dangerous diseases, these tiny insects have killed more people in human history than any other animal. So what impact has the mosquito had on our lives? How have humans tried to halt its spread? And who is winning the battle? Joining Bridget Kendall to discuss the history of man and the mosquito are Dr. Erica McAlister, Senior Curator of Diptera – Flies – at the Natural History Museum in London; Dr. Timothy Winegard, historian and author of The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator; and Dr. Clifford Mutero of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya, and author of Mosquito Hunter: Chronicles of an African Insect Scientist.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyp64

Keystone Virtual Symposium – Vector/Vertebrate Host Interactions APRIL 9, 2020 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

virtual event hosted by Keystone will take place on April 9, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM, it is free and all you need is to register for the event and have access to the internet!

Please see information below:

Event Title: The Arthropod-Vertebrate Interface in Vector-Borne Diseases

Event Page: http://bit.ly/VKSarthropod   Please register through this page.

Event Hashtag: #VKSarthropod

Register for the NDPIA course “Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors” in June at Umeå University

When:
15/06/2020 – 18/06/2020
All Day

Where:
Umeå University

What:
The aim of this 2 ECTS NDPIA course is to provide an in depth understanding of pathogen-vector interaction and transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne pathogen. It will provide better understanding of mosquitoes as vectors of arboviruses and parasites most of which are zoonotic in nature and affect both humans and animals.

The course will include various aspects of the mosquito vector including; ecology, biology, population genetics, competence, capacity and how these factors influence transmission to the susceptible host.

The course will also cover vector surveillance, identification, diagnostics, prevention and control, as well as application of high-throughput sequencing platforms in virus discovery.

Only 30 spots available. Click here to register!

Registration deadline: May 15th, 2020

Read more

Video – Inside and Out: Building Advice for Vector-Borne Disease Prevention

Konstantina Boutsika from RBM VCWG sent out this wonderful little video about “Building out” mosquitoes, targeting malaria and dengue. Really great video and only about three minutes, well worth watching. The video on the link below shows simple steps to take for protecting houses from mosquitoes and removing potential breeding sites from the surroundings https://www.bovanetwork.org/useful-resources/inside-and-out-building-advice-for-vector-borne-disease-prevention

Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Malaria Programs: Online Course

Surveillance and M&E of malaria programs: Although not strictly related to vectors, some of you may nevetheless be interested in this, so we thought we would make it available here: This course introduces fundamental concepts of surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation (SME) as they relate to malaria programs. The course introduces common SME data sources for malaria programs and outlines their main strengths and weaknesses. It also provides an overview of analysis, interpretation, and presentation of malaria-related data. This course was produced by MEASURE Evaluation with support from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through the United States Agency for International Development. Here is the link (click on the text below, then click again): https://www.measureevaluation.org/resources/publications/ms-20-184

Technical Guidance

Skills Development

Programme Management

Malaria Vector Surveillance for Elimination (MVSE)

MVSE is the flagship training program initiated by APMEN. It specifically targets capacity gaps in vector identification (morphology and molecular) and mapping, insecticide-resistance testing, and data-informed decision making for vector control strategies. Download training handouts

APMEN TechTalks