"QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR THE EVALUATION OF TROPICAL DISEASE CONTROL"
A course organized by the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences
(NIHES) and the department of Public Health, Erasmus University
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 17-27 March 1997.
Decision making on how money can be spent most effectively for the
control of tropical diseases should be supported by a systematic
comparison of the available control options. Mathematical,
quantitative models are developed to organize the available evidence
in a coherent framework and permit estimation of short and long term
* The public health burden of disease in different parts of the
world and ways to reduce it
* Different types of quantitative models for the evaluation of
tropical disease control and their application
* Different measures of duration and quality of life and how to use
each one appropriately
* Interpretation of the information generated by mathematical models,
including an understanding of their limitations
* Ways in which interventions can affect disease transmission and
disease occurrence both on the short term and on the long term
* Measuring the costs incurred by the individual and the community
as a consequence of disease
* Modelling approaches for specific diseases such as Leprosy,
Schistosomiasis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Lymfatic
* Students will learn to work with the user-friendly software
ONCHOSIM, a computer simulation programme for the transmission
and control of onchocerciasis (river-blindness).
This course is designed for those who are involved in the planning,
management or evaluation of tropical disease control programmes and
those who do research in this area, whether in their own country or
in an international context, and who are interested in the systematic
reasoning which the use of disease control models stimulates. For
students wishing to develop mathematical models themselves, this
course should be considered as a first introduction to the subject.
Participants are assumed to be familiar with basic concepts of
epidemiology and biostatistics. A general familiarity with computers
is an advantage.
Prof. Dik Habbema, Drs. Willem-Jan Meerding, Drs. Bram Meima, Dr.
Gerrit van Oortmarssen, Dr. Anton Plaisier, Dr. Kitty van der Ploeg,
Dr. Johan Velema (course co-ordinator), Drs. Carina van Vliet and Dr.
Sake de Vlas, who are all staff members of the Center for Decision
Sciences in Tropical Disease Control, dept. of public health, Erasmus
University Rotterdam. In addition, guest lecturers from other
institutions will contribute to the course.
For more information contact: Ms. Gerda Bathoorn, Admissions Co-
ordinator, the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences, Room Ee
2185, Erasmus University Medical School, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR
Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Phone: + 31 10 408 82 88, Fax: + 31 10 436 59 33,
e-mail: NIHES at nihes.fgg.eur.nl