Helminths and Health

The aim of this group is to further our understanding of the epidemiology and negative health effects of parasitic worm (i.e. helminth) infections among neglected populations in different parts of the developing world. Our long-term collaboration with health research and development centres in Africa (e.g. Côte d’Ivoire and Zanzibar) and Asia (Cambodia, China and Lao PDR) serves as the backbone of our research activities, which includes modern epidemiology, differential diagnosis, clinical investigations, drug efficacy trials, burden of disease estimates and integrated control, using preventive chemotherapy, community-led total sanitation and spatially explicit risk profiling.

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'WATSAN: from emergency towards development?' (WATSAN 2016), 25th June - 2nd July  2016 in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), 8-day training course for Watsan engineers, organised by the Center of hydrogeology at the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN) in collaboration with the ICRC.


The course focuses on all aspects of water and sanitation interventions in emergency operations, on the implications of emergency actions on the medium- and long-term development of vulnerable populations and on the role and responsibilities of Watsan engineers within humanitarian organisations. The training course is subdivided into a first rather theoretical part, followed by a practical part, involving three days of field work with hands-on field exercises.

Please find all relevant information and registration details on the following webpage: www.unine.ch/watsan. Application deadline is April 15th 2016 and the number of participants is limited to 20. The course fees include all lunches as well as five dinners but do not include accommodation.