This course introduces health workers to information about communicable diseases, including contact diseases such as skin and eye conditions; sexually transmitted diseases; HIV/AIDS; malaria; diseases spread through the faecal-oral route; diseases caused by intestinal worms; air-borne diseases; and tuberculosis and leprosy. It also discusses immunization, cleanliness, sterilization and cross-infection control, and is offered by the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF). 


The course units can be downloaded in MSWindows (DOC) and Open Office Document (ODT) formats below.


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This course  is distributed under the Creative Common Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.  Any part of this unit including the illustrations may be copied, reproduced or adapted to meet the needs of local health workers, for teaching purposes, provided proper citation is accorded AMREF. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license.  AMREF would be grateful to learn how you are using this course and welcomes constructive comments and suggestions.  Please address any correspondence to:


The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)
Directorate of Learning Systems
PO Box 27691 - 00506, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (20) 6993000
Fax: +254 (20) 609518




Course content

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Communicable Diseases
    (DOC 370KB)
    (ODT 68KB)
  • Unit 2: Principles of Infection Prevention & Control
    (DOC 670KB)
    (ODT 390KB)
  • Unit 3: Travel Medicine In Relation to Communicable Diseases
    (DOC 2.5MB)
    (ODT 2.3MB)
  • Unit 4: Immunization
    (DOC 601KB)
    (ODT 183KB)
  • Unit 5: Contact Diseases
    (DOC 787KB)
    (ODT 787KB)
  • Unit 6: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    (DOC 492KB)
    (ODT 492KB)
  • Unit 7: HIV/AIDS
    (DOC 929KB)
    (ODT 929KB)
  • Unit 8: Vector Borne Diseases
    (DOC 8.5MB)
    (ODT 8MB)
  • Unit 9: Malaria
    (DOC 1.9MB)
    (ODT 1.9MB)
  • Unit 10: Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
    (DOC 296KB)
    (ODT 296KB)
  • Unit 11: Diseases of Faecal-oral Contamination
    (DOC 1.4MB)
    (ODT 1.4MB)
  • Unit 12: Helminthic Diseases
    (DOC 2.7MB)
    (ODT 2.7MB)
  • Unit 13: Acute Respiratory Infections
    (DOC 1MB)
    (ODT 1MB)
  • Unit 14: Meningitis
    (DOC 740KB)
    (ODT 740KB)
  • Unit 15: Tuberculosis and Leprosy
    (DOC 1.5MB)
    (ODT 1.5MB)
  • Unit 16: Diseases of Contact With Animals or Animal Products
    (DOC 1.9MB)
    (ODT 1.9MB)




Enrol in this course through the African Medical Research Foundation Distance Education Programme. Learners pay a small fee to participate in this course.

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