THE Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) has trained some 45,000 Cuban specialists and more than 5,000 from 87 other countries worldwide, an expert from the institute reported recently in Havana.
With 163 professors and trainers, serving as a Collaborating Center for Viral Diseases and Dengue for the Pan American and World Health Organizations, the IPK offers an exemplary model of integration.
The institution also carries out important work in research and in the training of government officials in relevant aspects of tropical medicine and infectious disease, including social assistance and epidemiological issues, she added.
The IPK is a post-graduate center for the Havana University of Medical Sciences and a University of Havana Biology Department teaching site. The institution launched a Microbiology-Health Technology program five years ago, and has now graduated two cohorts in this specialty, Dr. Cantelar said.
She reported that Masters studies are offered in the areas of Epidemiology, Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitical Disease, Infectious Disease, as well as Entomology and Vector Control.
The doctor also explained that the IPK is collaborating with the National Accreditation Commission Board to ensure excellent degree programs.
There are six institutions of higher learning authorized to grant scientific degrees in Cuba, the Universities of Medical Sciences in Havana, Las Villas, Camagüey, Oriente (Santiago de Cuba), the National Public Health School and the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine.
With 64 Ph.D. professors, since 1987, the IPK has been the site chosen to offer international courses addressing dengue and its vectors.
In addition to regular classroom-laboratory courses, the institute offers virtual distance learning with three programs online, addressing emergent and re-emerging diseases and bacterial illnesses.
Dr.Cantelar also reported that the IPK is authorized to grant UNESCO certificates, since it is a designated reference center for this international organization. (AIN)