After 30 years of the first edition of the course and in the framework of the 80 Anniversary of the institute of Tropical medicine, the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector of the Institute of Tropical Medicine/MINSAP, the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, the Cuban Ministry of Health and PAHO-WHO organized the 15th edition of the Dengue International Course, in this occasion facing Zika and Chikungunya from 7th-18th August 2017.

During the course, the regional and global dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever epidemiological situation was updated. Topics related to clinical management, vector control, main scientific advances in pathogenesis, vaccines and antiviral development, new vector control tools, influence of the host genetic as well as the genetic of the vector and the viruses, emergency control, new international initiatives for arbovirus control and prevention among other interesting and important topics were discussed.

Theoretical sessions were covered during the first week (August 7 to 11) while practical sessions covered the topics of epidemiology and community participation, clinic and pathology, vector control and entomology, viral diagnosis and immunology during the second week (August 14 to 18).

Valery Ridde and Samiratou Ouedraogo participated in this course. Their intervention was divided in 2 parts:

  • A presentation on a community-based intervention in Burkina Faso including an integrated video on street theater as a community intervention tool;
  • A presentation on the Reflex-ISS tool, including an integrated video on proportional universalism.


A presentation on a community-based intervention in Burkina Faso:


Street theater as a community intervention tool:


The Reflex-ISS tool:


Proportional universalism: