WORKSHOPS: Laboratory Techniques, Diagnosis, & Epidemiology
We train participants in molecular diagnostic and epidemiological techniques, serological methods, or cell culture (e.g., virus isolation) procedures for a disease(s) prevalent in the selected country. We currently offer workshops in the diagnosis, characterization, and epidemiology of the following diseases: dengue, tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, influenza, human papiloma virus, HIV, among others.
By strengthening the participants’ ability to identify and understand the diseases that affect large populations in their home countries, our workshops support efforts that will lead to the implementation of improved diagnostics, research, and public health programs in their countries. Workshops include training in the following (either combined or as a series of multiple workshops):
- • laboratory techniques for detecting and characterizing the causative agents of the disease
- • epidemiology including general theory and specifics of the target disease
- • Epi-Info (a free-of-charge statistical software package) for data analysis
We incorporate local scientists in the planning and teaching process to encourage more sustainable knowledge transfer, along with greater ownership of the training procedure. During each workshop, we train several participants in SSI’s instruction theory and methods. These instructors-in-training take an active role in workshop management and organization and go on to teach future trainings at their home institutions and elsewhere, thus multiplying the number of people reached.