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Role of labratory in communicable diseases


Health facilities’ laboratories play a major role in diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases. Also, public health laboratories have a significant role in confirmation of diagnosis and providing essential details particularly in case of epidemics as they have advanced molecular facilities. On the other hand, entomological laboratories are useful tools at the hand of public health specialists dealing with prevention and control of communicable diseases.

This course highlights the importance of laboratory support in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of people at risk to communicable diseases. It covers a collection of relevant samples, sample processing, and links to national and international accredited laboratories. It also provides participants with basic knowledge about entomological surveillance and their use for communicable diseases prevention and control.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of laboratories in communicable diseases’ prevention and control
  2. Identify samples needed and list collection procedures, storage, transport, and reporting
  3. Identify the link between facility laboratory and public health laboratory
  4. Recognize the role of medical entomology in communicable diseases’ control
  5. Understand the procedures for vector surveillance and reporting of entomological indices
  6. Apply safety measures when dealing with sample collection and processing

Course Outline

  1. Concept of laboratory support and reference laboratory
  2. Basics of microbiology
  3. Basics of molecular biology
  4. Basics of medical entomology
  5. Vector surveillance and entomological indices
  6. Total quality management and laboratory safety

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.