COTS Program

Welcome to the distance learning course
“Emergency Response to Cholera and Shigella Epidemics”.

It is also affectionately called the COTS program (cholera outbreak training and shigella program). This course is based on a course held at the ICDDR,B twice a year in Dhaka. It is geared for clinicians or anyone who will be managing a cholera or shigella outbreak, as well as administrative managers of organizations which might respond to a cholera or shigella epidemic, and interested students or other health professionals. The collaborators on this distance learning course are the ICDDR,B (International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh) and STI (Swiss Tropical Institute). This project in funded by the OFDA (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (a division of the United States Agency for International Development).

If you want to read the original manuscipt you can download or read the PDF online:
chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5, chapter 6, chapter 7, chapter 8 and chapter 9


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