Title: Vector Biology and Control in Ghana
Keywords: vectors
Laboratory
Ecosystems
Disease prevention, control and elimination
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Center for International Health at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München
Course coordinator: Lisa Hoffaeller
Date start: 2021-06-21
Date end: 2021-06-30
About duration and dates: Next course face-to-face period will be 2021-06-21 to 2021-06-30. Face-to-face course comprises 8 working days presence. Pre-readings will be distributed 2 weeks prior to course start. The essay assignment will be due 1 week after the end of the course.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Department of Conservation Biology and Entomology, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
SIT:
90 hours SIT
• 54 hours contact hours (of which 6 hours assessment)
• 36 hours self-study (20 hours pre-reading, 6 hours during course reading, 10 hours essay writing)
Language: English
Description:
At the end of the module the student should be able to
1. explain the biology and behaviour of mosquitoes and relate it to their control strategies
2. critically discuss the purpose and role of entomological studies in control of vector-borne diseases
3. compare the life cycle of selected vectors and relate them to the transmission of diseases
4. Apply a range of specialised technical skills relevant to mosquito control, e.g. sampling, identification, processing of vector samples..
Assessment Procedures:
• Multiple choice examination on contents of lectures and seminars (50%) (re-sit will be possible right on the final day of the face-to-face period; if this is failed, course has to be retaken)
• 1000-word essay assignment on a current entomological topic as selected by the course coordinators (25%) (if failed, re-submission based on reviewer comments is possible)
• Demonstration of technical skills from the hands-on laboratory course (25%) (explain and show standard procedures on dummy samples; re-sit right on the final day possible; if this is failed, course has to be retaken)
• Each part of the assessment has to be passed.
Content: 1. Epidemiology of vector borne disease with special reference to Ghana
2. Selected arthropods of medical importance (lecture)
3. Basic functional morphology of arthropods of medical importance (Lecture)
4. Vector behaviour and disease transmission (lecture)
5. Mosquito systematics, sampling techniques and and larval survey (Tutorials & field practical)
6. Sampling techniques for vectors other than mosquitoes (lecture)
7. Vector control and challenges
8. Insecticide resistance and management (seminar)
9. Methods of evaluation of susceptibility and efficacy of insecticides and control tools (Tutorial & laboratory practical)
10. Molecular techniques used in mosquito control (laboratory practical)
Methods:
Four 4-hour lectures to introduce students to different aspects of entomology
Two 4-hour seminars on insecticide resistance, mechanisms and impact on control strategies
Two 4-hour tutorials on mosquito sampling techniques and vector incrimination
A full-day (8-hour) laboratory practical
A full-day (8-hour) field trip to sample mosquitoes
Six hours for practical and multiple choice examination
Prerequisites:
Proof of English fluency: tropEd students from an accredited tropEd home institution that have passed a core course in English language will be considered sufficiently fluent in English language. Also students that can provide proof of academic education passed entirely in English language will be considered sufficiently fluent. Applicants who are not able to meet either of these criteria will be asked to prove fluency by either a TOEFL (iBT score >= 79) or IELTS (score >=6.0)

Professional Training/ Experience:
Participants are expected to be trained in life sciences with a basic understanding of vector-borne diseases. In terms of entomological training, this course is intended as an introductory course.
Attendance:
Maximum number of students: 15 (herein number of troped students not limited)
Selection:
Students are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis
Fees:
€ 600,-; important notice: course fees are not refundable as consumables for the course have to be purchased in advance, with the exception of the course not taking place due to reasons on the side of the course coordination.
Scholarships:
not available
tropEd accreditation: This module has been accredited in October 2018, in Berlin. This accreditation is valid until October 2023.
Remarks:
Participants are responsible themselves to arrange in time for visa, health insurance, accommodation and transport. These cost items are not covered by the course fee.
The mandatory pre-course-reading-assignments will be issued two weeks prior to course commencement.
Recommended optional reading:
Kettle, D.S. (2005). Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 2nd edition. CABI publishing, Wallingford, UK.
Service, M. (2008). Medical Entomology for students. 4th edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
WHO. (2002). Malaria entomology and vector control. Learner’s Guide. WHO/CDS/CPE/SMT/2002.18 Rev.1 Part.1
WHO. (1998). Techniques to detect insecticide resistance mechanisms (field and laboratory manual). WHO/CDS/CPC/MAL/98.6
Email Address: ttu@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2018-10-31 10:51:54 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2018-10-31 15:18:18 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-10-31 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2020-12-03 12:04:16 (W3C-DTF)