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Atelier paludisme: an international malaria training course held in Madagascar

Olivier Domarle1, Milijaona Randrianarivelojosia1*, Jean-Bernard Duchemin12, Vincent Robert13 and Frédéric Ariey14

Author Affiliations

1 Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, BP 1274, (101) Antananarivo, Madagascar

2 CERMES, BP 10887, Niamey, Niger

3 IRD, UR-16 Vecteurs, and MNHN, USM-504 Biologie fonctionnelle des Protozoaires, Paris, France

4 Institut Pasteur du Cambodge, Phnom Penh, Cambodge

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Malaria Journal 2008, 7:80  doi:10.1186/1475-2875-7-80

Published: 9 May 2008

Abstract

The Atelier Paludisme (Malaria Workshop) is an international training course organized by the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, which has been held annually for the past five years. The course was designed for both young and experienced researchers, as well as for healthcare professionals, mostly from malaria-endemic countries. Its objective is to provide participants with a broad knowledge of all features of malaria, to improve their skills in project management, to break geographical isolation by using the Internet as a source of documentary information. This six-week course makes use of concepts of andragogy and problem-based learning, i.e. a relationship between participants and tutors, which promotes a process of exchange rather than the simple transmission of knowledge, where participants have to search actively for information. This approach to training, combined with the wide background and experience of those involved, creates positive dynamics and enables participants to acquire new skills, develop their critical and analytical abilities. This paper describes the course and the lessons learned from its evaluation.