Update your knowledge on Infectious Diseases diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Review the Communicable Diseases module for Primary Health Workers

Communicable diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi and parasites, make a huge contribution to the burden of disease, disability and death worldwide. Some communicable diseases are easily preventable through simple measures such as vaccination and changes in human behavior, for example, handwashing with soap.

To prevent or control the major communicable diseases worldwide, a joint effort by primary health workers, the government, and community members is crucial. Together with the practical skills training associated with this Module, Communicable Diseases will help Community Health Workers to acquire the basic skills and knowledge to reduce the burden of mortality and morbidity in their community through the detection, prevention and treatment of common and emergent infections.

You can download the course to run offline on your Android smartphone directly from the OppiaMobile learning app.

Or you can browse the content directly on the Digital Campus Moodle server.

Or you can download the Moodle backup versions of this course.

Our paper “Efficacy of handwashing with soap and nail clipping on intestinal parasitic infections in school-aged children: a factorial cluster randomized controlled trial” published in PloS Medicine has accumulated +16.000 views since published

Washing our hands with soap has been one of the most important advances in human hygiene. While we take it for granted, it was only very recently that scientists showed the relevance of washing hands with soap. The aim of our study was to assess the impact of handwashing with soap and nail clipping on the prevention of intestinal parasite reinfections.  Intestinal parasitic infections are highly endemic among school-aged children in resource-limited settings, so to lower their impact, preventive measures should be implemented that are sustainable with available resources. This work is still very relevant for all primary health workers dealing with emerging infectious diseases and preventive measure interventions.

OpenWASH: An essential set of training modules for Primary Health Workers to learn about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions and the challenge of current emerging infectious diseases

This essential collection of WASH training modules, originally developed by the OU and UNICEF, has been mobile-adapted by Digital Campus for the Primary Health Workers that need to quickly learn essential water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) concepts and interventions. These modules can also be used for in-service training of new primary health workers and by more experienced personnel seeking to improve their knowledge and skills on any specific WASH topics.

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New Oppia server and app releases

Last week we released updated versions of both the Oppia server and app.

The latest version of the server is v0.12.0 and it’s quite a big change since now we have moved to using Python 3 and Django 2 (primarily because support for Python 2.x will be dropped at the end of this year).

Since there are a lot of changes, the upgrade process is more complex than our previous releases have been, but we have some (hopefully) complete instructions here: https://oppiamobile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/technical/releases/server/upgrading/to_0_12_0.html

On the app side (now at v6.9.0), the changes are relatively minor, some small refactoring and bug fixes.

The code on the master branches of both the server and app are up to date with server v0.12.0 and app v6.9.0, and the full release notes on the issues fixed can be found at: https://oppiamobile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/technical/releases/server/changelog_server_v0.12.html#v0-12-0-released-17-sept-2019 and https://oppiamobile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/technical/releases/app/changelog_android_v6.html#v69-6-9-0-released-17-sept-2019

Any feedback welcome, and if you find any issues then please let us know via our community site (https://community.oppia-mobile.org)

OppiaMobile Community site is now open…

We recently set up an OppiaMobile Community site (https://community.oppia-mobile.org/), for discussions on all the different aspects of OppiaMobile, getting help and support, ideas for new features and integrations, UI and UX designs, along with the core development and questions about how to implement OppiaMobile.

So if you have any questions about Oppia, or want to see the latest discussions, then please sign up to the community site (it’s free!).

For any queries/feedback about the OppiaMobile Community site, then please post them in the Community Feedback category (https://community.oppia-mobile.org/c/community-feedback).

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