Training Detail

Course Title : International Course on Management of Cholera, Invasive Diarrhea, and Malnutrition in Emergency

Duration: 01 Nov, 2020 - 07 Nov, 2020

Hosted by : icddr,b

Published On : 07 November, 2019

Close Date : 01 November, 2020

Location : Zoom online Platform View Detail


With the tremendous improvement of public health, cholera, invasive diarrheas and undernutrition have become a remote possibility in the developed world. However, this comes with low immunity among the population and inadequate skill among the physicians because of less chance of exposure and opportunity of practicing the proper management respectively. On the other hand, the developing world and the emergency stricken places may not have adequate resource to manage the threat, which may cause a great loss of human lives in the days to come. Therefore, we need to be prepared through enhancing the capacity of managing such menaces across the globe.

Each year the hospitals at International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) treat more than 100,000 diarrhea patients including those with cholera, invasive diarrheas, and undernutrition. Dhaka hospital at icddr,b alone has the experience of treating more than one thousand patients a day with limited resources and the mortality has always been less than one percent. In the past, it has trained hundreds of Programme Officers, and Health Specialists, WES personnel and other relevant staffs from international organizations (IOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, universities and Ministry of Health (MoH) who respond to the health needs of populations affected by diarrheal epidemics. Photographs below show the participants from Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Palestine, Afghanistan, Japan, USA, China, Uzbekistan, Angola, Uganda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, etc attending this type of course in the past.




Course description and objectives
The course aims at transforming all health, WES, and relevant personnel into efficient human resources in order to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by cholera, invasive diarrhea, and undernutrition in an emergency situation. It is largely a participatory course, which focuses on the clinical and programmatic management and includes deductive instructions, bedside and practical sessions and discussion, case studies, videos, and exercises. The purpose is to strengthen the capacity of the national institutions, international organizations (IOs) and non-government organization (NGOs) and relevant others in managing cholera, invasive diarrhea and undernutrition with a special focus on emergencies in resource-poor settings.



A WES officer is presenting her case of diarrhoea



Three doctors are busy with water quality assessment


Course Content

  • Epidemiology and transmission of diarrheal diseases including cholera and shigellosis
  • Clinical management of cholera, invasive diarrhea including shigellosis, persistent diarrhoea and undernutrition.
  • Clinical sessions or simulation and hands-on training or simulation on the management of acute watery diarrhea (AWD), invasive diarrhea, persistent diarrhea and undernutrition
  • Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and diets in diarrheal diseases and undernutrition
  • Investigation and management of diarrheal disease outbreak in an emergency
  • Role of the diagnostic laboratory in the outbreak
  • Prevention and control of diarrheal diseases in a disaster situation.
  • Role of water treatment and sanitation in emergencies in managing cholera and other diarrheal diseases
  • Emergency water supply, sanitation and hygiene practices in an urban slum: a model that could be replicated in an emergency
  • Determining requirements for and operating a makeshift cholera treatment centre in a disasters situation
  • Management of children with undernutrition at a rehabilitation unit or simulation in a post-disaster situations
  • Role of nonmedical persons in managing cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases when there are not enough medical persons in emergencies


Target group

  • International and SAARC country participants: Programme Officers, Health and WES personnel and other relevant staffs who respond to the health needs of populations affected by cholera and invasive diarrhoea epidemics and malnutrition. 
  • National: Medical Graduates.


Expected outcome
The course is expected to have an impact at two levels: individual participants and participants' organizations. The individuals taking the course are expected on return to apply the core strategies and tasks learned in the course to actual epidemic situations, and influence, and improve the operations of their organizations' capacity in responding to cholera and invasive diarrheal outbreaks which may be followed by undernutrition.


Course duration
One week. Each day (except Friday), the session starts at 9:00 a.m. and continue to 5:00 p.m. with tea and lunch breaks in between. However, the schedule is tentative and often it may continue beyond this.


Faculty members
Most of the resource persons are from icddr,b who has long experience of capacity building both at home and abroad in emergencies.


Course Fee

  • International participants: US$ 300 (USD three hundred only).The course fee will cover the cost of training materials, morning and evening tea/snacks during the course on weekdays, certificate of participation, and faculty time. The course fee will be payable either by electronic transfer or bank draft in favor of icddr,b after receiving the acceptance letter.


  • National and SAARC country participants: TK10,000 (Taka Ten thousand) for individual and TK12,000 (Taka Twelve thousand) for institutional candidates and US$ 150 (USD One hundred fifty only) for SAARC country participants. The course fee will cover the cost of training materials, morning and evening tea/snacks during the course on weekdays, certificate of participation, and faculty time. The course fee will be payable either by electronic transfer or bank draft in favor of icddr,b after receiving the acceptance letter.


Remarks made by previous participants

 "You and the entire ICDDR,B did your part. The ball is now in our courts to revamp our efforts utilizing the acquired knowledge and skills. I have come back to find the longest ever cholera outbreak here in Uganda still prevailing,… thanks for your unreserved efforts to strive to change this world by imparting knowledge and skills geared towards creating solutions for global life-saving."

Zamari Jockus, EH Manager, IRC Kitgum

“And so, after that wonderful and most educating experience in the beautiful Bangladesh and the renowned ICCDRB, I would like to inform your good selves that the knowledge and expertise I have gained, enormously exceed what I have accumulated through the years and in other institutes of excellence at Hopkins, Liverpool or Moscow”

Abdel-Halim, UNICEF-Sudan

"The course was very informative and helpful. I would recommend it to others as well. I learnt so many things from the workshop which I hope to implement in our Program. I am equipped with all that is needed to save lives in an emergency".

Pamela. (World Vision Somalia)



For any further information please contact-


Dr. Md. Manirul Islam


Phone:9827001-10, ext: 3509

Cell: 880-1713198880

Technical Training Unit