Travelling to the tropics is becoming more popular in the Western world. As a result an increasing number of tourists return to their home countries with diarrhoea, malaria and other tropical infectious diseases. The continuous stream of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers to Europe and the USA presents healthcare professionals with tropical infectious diseases which they have not seen before. Global warming has contributed to an increase in autochthonous malaria and Dengue fever cases in temperate climates. Recent figures in European and American hospitals have shown that an increasing number of patients with malaria and other tropical infections die because the diseases were either diagnosed too late or not at all. Practice-oriented training courses for doctors are essential to the prompt, correct diagnosis and treatment of tropical infectious diseases.
Two weeks round-trip training excursions are designed for a maximum of 14 healthcare professionals who wish to improve their clinical skills in tropical medicine and travelers’ health in the endemic regions of Uganda, Tanzania or Kenya. Tropical medicine experts from Africa and Germany supervise individual on-site bedside teaching, laboratory sessions (hands-on microscopy of parasites in the blood, stool, urine and skin) and give lectures in English in various hospitals, research institutions and NGO’s. The curriculum (for more details click country of destination) covers the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of the most important tropical infectious diseases. In addition the participants get an insight into the local healthcare systems and explore during field excursions the fantastic scenery and prolific flora of East Africa