Global Health Pathways: Infectious Disease Training for International Students

If you are an international high school student visiting Bangladesh and looking for a 3 to 6-week training program, share your interest with us!

Program Outline & Learning Objectives

Trainees can choose from any of the following topics. We will tailor the program to match their interests.

Hospital Surveillance: this segment covers in-patient department visits of Bangladesh's largest pediatric hospital and the meticulous process of patient data collection and biobanking routinely conducted by CHRF. 

Community Surveillance: covers a visit to CHRF's largest diagnostic laboratory a few hours away from Dhaka in rural Mirzapur, along with an out-patient department tour of Kumudini Women's Medical College and Hospital. To learn more about how data collection and surveys for demographic surveillance are performed, trainees shadow CHRF's very own community health workers in the field and visit households in the target population.

Environmental Surveillance: gain an understanding of how low-cost biological tools can be designed and implemented to conduct nationwide environmental surveillance. Trainees shadow and learn how bacteriophages isolated from wastewater samples help scientists at CHRF understand the burden of typhoid fever in Bangladesh.

Microbiology: introduces high school students to clinical microbiology.  All trainees also get to perform hands-on laboratory experiments in a safe and controlled environment. This segment covers hands-on laboratory practices such as aseptic sample collection, pathogen identification, antibiotic susceptibility test, patient report preparation and biobanking.

Molecular Biology: encompasses hands-on experience in molecular techniques, including nucleic acid extraction and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using Bento Lab for detection and characterisation of pathogens.

Applications of Pathogen Genomics: trainees are introduced to different sequencing technologies and shown how genomics data helps advance public health. Participants will get the opportunity to shadow a genomics expert in the lab.

Science Communication: covers sessions on 'Scientific Storytelling: From Lab to People', emphasizing the importance of scientists effectively conveying their findings to diverse audiences, ranging from high school students to policymakers. Participants will conclude their training by presenting their experience to CHRF's multidisciplinary team of scientists (the presentation is mandatory).

Duration: 3-6 weeks
Location: CHRF Laboratories
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Program Fee

Note that there is an enrolment fee for this program. Contact us to get details. Additionally, all fees are subject to 15% VAT as per the policy of the Government of Bangladesh.