PAHO launches virtual course for the control of taeniasis and cysticercosis

1 May 2020
Inicia curso virtual para el control de la teniasis y cisticercosis

Washington, D.C. April 29, 2020. (PAHO/WHO).

PAHO has launched an online course on “Control of taeniasis and cysticercosis caused by Taenia solium.” The virtual class is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization to support the surveillance, control, and elimination of Neglected Infectious Diseases in the Americas.

This self-study course, available on PAHO/WHO Virtual Campus for Public Health, is directed at all people and institutions interested in controlling Taenia solium, including health, agricultural, education, housing, and environmental authorities. The objective of the course is to intensify the control of taenia and neurocysticercosis (NCC) caused by Taenia solium in endemic countries.

The course is based on the document "Operational guidelines for the control activities of Taenia solium tapeworms and cysticercosis." It is available only in Spanish and has twelve modules with handy tools for the control of Taenia solium. It also offers operational guidelines to develop a plan for the control and elimination of Taenia solium. The planning cycle includes identification of the needs and endemic areas, selection and implementation of interventions, monitoring, and evaluation.

The technical information included in this document is the most current and relevant up to date information. It is based on scientific evidence and on the “Plan of Action for the Elimination of Neglected Infectious Diseases and post-elimination actions, 2016-2022”, approved through Resolution CD55.R9 in the 2016 PAHO´s Directing Council.

This course will strengthen the capacities of those responsible for NID programs to encourage and advance towards the control and elimination of Taenia solium in the region.