Cuba’s IPK has trained more than 54 thousand professionals from 104 countries

Source:  La Santa Mambisa
May 8, 2015

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Since 1979, the Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri (IPK) has prepared  more than 54 000 people from 104 countries, according to Dr. Nereyda Cantelar  Francisco, deputy director, Sciences, of the IPK in Havana.

prof Nereyda CantelarSpeaking to the National Information Agency, Dr. Cantelar, who is also director of the Biomedicine Section of the National Commission of Scientific Degrees of Cuba, said that a total of five thousand two hundred foreigners have received some kind of training at the IPK.

The training needed for combating the Ebola virus

Since 1979, the professor has worked in this school of the Ministry of Public Health, which has achieved remarkable results that address the needs of the country in relation to the specialty of microbiology graduate programs, courses, diploma and with a doctoral plan of relevance to the needs of the country.

In 2014 the IPK highlighted the training needed for the Ebola virus –  for its own staff, health workers, ministries of Interior and the Revolutionary Armed Forces, and others, with a view to preparing the nation to face this virus if it were introduced in Cuba, Dr Cantelar explained.

In addition, doctors and nurses who completed missions in West Africa, particularly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry, were trained at the IPK, she added

400,000 persons trained from 38 countries

In total 400 thousand people from about 38 countries were trained. The role played by Cuba in fighting the Ebola virus, was recognized by the World Health Organization, the United Nations and various states, she said.

Salome3The IPK serves tropical medicine and infectious diseases, infectious profiles clinic, epidemiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, entomology and vector control, among others.

This year the institution has a comprehensive training plan, and highlights the International Dengue Course to be held in August, which expects participation from specialists in the world, she announced.

The IPK has two collaborating centers

Cantelar Francisco explained that the IPK has two collaborating centers of the Pan American and World Health organizations: one is that of dengue and other viral diseases and Tuberculosis and other mycobacteria.

During 50 years in the training of specialists in microbiology and over 30 in the activity of Scientific Degrees in Medical Sciences, Nereyda Cantelar Francisco, Professor, Consultant and Merit, and Researcher, has been noted for her teaching and research in teaching and ethics; and has trained several generations of microbiologists from all Cuba.

Source:  Cuba: The IPK has prepared more than 54 thousand professionals from 104 countries  La Santa Mambisa

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