Jointly assembling the first open-access neglected disease curriculum by researchers and students from Uganda (Makerere University), South Africa (University of Cape Town) and North America (Cornell, University of British Columbia and Stanford Universities as well as a number of other interested UAEM chapters).
The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary examination of the diseases of poverty (neglected tropical diseases). As a direct consequence of afflicting the poorest people on the globe, these diseases fail to substantial attract investment or research interest. We hope to change this culture from the bottom-up, student-student. The lectures in health economics, basic science, clinical medicine and population health (nutrition) perspectives will be made publicly available through open-access publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS).
Students and researchers from Makerere University and University of Cape Town in Africa and Stanford, University of British Columbia and Cornell as well as other participating UAEM chapters in North America will identify core teachers. A syllabus will be assembled featuring one review and one case-study and vetted for content by UAEM and the Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control, Dr. Peter Hotez. The course will explore three diseases: malaria, hookworm and African sleeping sickness. The course, syllabus and podcasts will be open-access and publicly accessible at no charge via the internet.
MEASURES OF SUCCESS: Evaluation metrics to measure students' understanding of central concepts in neglected disease biology, clinical practice and control.
CRITERIA: Enhanced awareness of the multifaceted issues surrounding diseases of poverty; creating a pipeline of young researchers globally -- but especially in North America and sub-Saharan Africa -- with facility in discussing scientific and operational concerns on these diseases; providing in-house networks to link students and trainees from the North and South to jumpstart organic, grassroots collaborations (e.g. access to medicines for neglected diseases).