"Improving the health status of underserved populations through sustainable and comprehensive research, service and educational initiatives related to infectious diseases."

Tropical Disease Research Program in Ecuador

June 6 - July 11, Summer 2015
(Variable stays from 2 to 6 weeks)
Directed by Mario J. Grijalva, Ph.D.

- up to 15 semester credit hours -
(approximate dates, subject to change and cancellation)
Non-credit option available
Last updated on 10/13/2014 05:37 PM

Applications will open soon for 2015

Contact Dr. Grijalva for any questions

 

Key Information

Dates: June 6 - July 11, Summer 2015 (Dates subject to change)
(Variable stays from 2 to 5 weeks)
Type: Practical and Theoretical Research training
Course, Internship, service learning and outreach volunteer
Eligibility Students from institutions of higher education (undergraduate, graduate, medical, non-degree), professionals and community members interested in international research related to health, development and community education; individuals interested in improving their Spanish skills.
Deadline: February 2, 2015 Rolling admission (Applications will be accepted starting November 2013)
Cost:

- Cost will vary  according to length of stay and group composition

Tuition (Up to 15 OHIO credits [5 Cr minimum])* + Program fee $550 to $4,000 ***

Or

Non-credit Program fee**    $2700 - $5160 

- Administrative fee         $150

 

- Out of pocket expenses ****: Passport & photos, $165; Round trip airfare, $900 - $1200; Vaccinations, $50 - $200; Incidentals, $100 - $200;

 

*Your tuition costs will depend on the number of credits you take.

**Participants will be billed a program fee OR non-credit program fee, depending on whether or not they want to earn credit. They will NOT be billed both fees..

***Final cost will depend on group composition. Program fee covers all of participant’s in-country expenses (food, lodgings, transportation, logistics), supplemental health insurance.

****Estimates only based on 2013 costs. Actual costs may vary.

Application: http://eais.admsrv.ohio.edu/eais/student/
Contact: Mario J. Grijalva, 333 Irvine Hall, grijalva@ohiou.edu
(740) 593 2192; (740) 597 2778 (Fax)
 

Summary

15thTropical Disease Research Program
June 7 to July 12, 2014 (2 to 6 weeks, variable)

Chagas disease is a neglected tropical disease that affects approximately 10 million people in the American continent. The World Health Organization labels Chagas Disease as ‘neglected’ because it disproportionately affects people living in poor and marginalized communities with limited or no access to health services. Neglected diseases create health, social and economic burdens that often place those they afflict in a cycle of poverty and disease.

The mission of the Tropical Disease Institute (TDI) and the Center for Infectious Diseases Research in Quito (CIEI) is to reach underserved populations with state of the art training and technology to help control the transmission of Chagas disease and break the transmission cycle of the disease in Ecuador. Since early 2000, teams of biologist, entomologists, health practitioners and development specialists have conducted research on Chagas disease and the transmission cycle in several areas of Ecuador.

 


Watch Video about TDI Programs in Ecuador 

For further information about the Tropical Disease Institute, please see our various opportunities and how to get involved to do your part in helping to break the transmission cycle of Chagas disease!  

Dates

 

Detailed Description of the Program Components

Component 1 - Biomedical Research June 13th to June 29 (approx.)
This component is designed for students from all disciplines who are interested in learning about tropical disease research. The scientific objectives are focused on the dynamics and control of Chagas disease transmission, as a model for Tropical Diseases. The component is open to all undergraduate, graduate students and medical students. A team of experienced biologist from the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Quito, Ecuador and TDI will be supervising all participants. This component can host up to 15 participants at a time (see podcast). Activities may involve: entomological surveys, housing questionnaires, parasitological research, educational, laboratory and field opportunities.

The Tropical Disease Research Program will have several field and laboratory-based components. Due to enrollment limitations in each component, applicants must indicate their preferred components and rank them. Transfer between components will be possible depending on space availability. The number of components that can be experienced will depend on the duration of stay with the program. Participation in each component will be for at least one week. Assignments will be made on a first come-first serve basis.

Students who participate in this component will have experiences including but not limited to:

  • Teams formed by Ministry of Health field entomologists and student participants can choose to either visit selected houses in the communities or the sylvatic areas near the homes to determine the presence of the triatomine insects. The visits will also incorporate a housing survey and an educational talk to the family about Chagas disease prevention.

  • Participants may choose to gain the experience of assisting in a biosafety level II field laboratory where they will conduct parasitological analysis of the triatomines collected. The field lab will have three Ecuadorian personnel and three participants at a time

    • See two short videos related to the field activities from Summer 2009 here and here

    • See 6 part podcast series about the project here, via YouTube or iTunes (search Tropical Disease Institute's Ecuador Podcasts);

    • See 4 part podcast series about the project following these links: 7, 8, 9 and 10

    • See the FAQ to learn how a typical day’s schedule is and activities will take place if you are in the field.


 

Component 2: Healthy Living Initiative

The Healthy Living Initiative (HLI) is a research- based effort aimed at design, implement, and evaluate a sustainable Chagas disease prevention model based on holistic, multi-disciplinary, transferable, and community-oriented processes. It combines scientific research and local knowledge to build living environments that deter Chagas disease by addressing the interrelated social, economic and political factors driving the disease. If proven successful, the model will serve as a transferable approach for effectively prevent Chagas disease by improving health and expanding opportunities for people whose potential is now restricted by this forgotten disease.

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  • a. Healthy Living Initiative  Intervention* - June 6th to June 29th, 2015

    After 20 years of collaboration, the project serves as TDI and CIEI’s strategy for moving from the laboratory to affected communities where the scientific research and local knowledge merge to generate effective solutions to Chagas disease’s structural causes. Carried out in collaboration with the Center for International Studies at Ohio University, it entails an approach to health promotion that takes into consideration professional perspectives of biologists, entomologists, architects, sociologists, and social scientists in order to create sustainable solutions that address complex and multiple challenges driving to tropical infectious diseases.

    HLIThis multidisciplinary initiative is designed for students of all backgrounds, particularly those interested in learning about tropical disease prevention, global health, and rural development issues. Activities may involve designing, implementing, and evaluating socioeconomic development projects, assisting research efforts by a principal investigator, join health promotion activities, and design cross-cultural assessments.

    Students who participate in this component will have experiences including but not limited to:

    • Conceptualization, design, and implementation of research-based projects aimed at supporting the Healthy Living Initiative strategic perspectives

    • Experiential learning created to introduce students to practical design and implementation of development projects linked to health promotion in rural communities.

    • Cultural exchanges with different communities in southern Ecuador.

      *To participate in this component, students must register for the Healthy Living Initiative class (INST 6900) at Ohio University.

  • b. Undergraduate Service Learning - Healthy Homes for Healthy Living - June 1st – July 6th, 2015

    Healthy Homes for Healthy Living is a Chagas disease prevention initiative aimed at interrupting Chagas disease tran
    smission by preventing colonization of houses by sylvatic triatomines in three rural communities of southern Ecuador. It is mainly focused on designing, implementing, and evaluating housing solutions resistant to triatomines presence considering: scientific knowledge on local triatomines’ biology and ecology, Chagas disease epidemiology, and existing knowledge on housekeeping practices and construction techniques. This program is designed for students interested in:

    • Collaborating with local families in building and restoring existing homes.

    • Learning new building techniques with locally sourced materials

    • Participating in manual labor and assisting in building projects.

    • Working closely to promote healthy practices in the interior and periphery area of local homes

  • c. Sports and Development - June 13th to June 29

    Physical activity involvement, such as youth sport and community-based activities are beneficial for children and youth.  These activities increase autonomy, concentration, initiative, intrinsic motivation moral development, self-confidence, and social competence (Balyi & Hamilton, 2004, Coakley, 2007; Ewing, Seefeldt, & Brown, 1997; Hedstrom & Gould, 2004). Students will engage in curriculum development and delivery of activities involving recreational play, sports and health education for the children and youth in rural Ecuadorian communities.  This program aims to support the HLI (Healthy Living Initiative) by  using a holistic multi-disciplinary approach to address Chagas disease prevention.    Participants in this component will gain instructional experience, cultural competency, research training and other skills that will be applicable to their careers; not to mention the experience will strengthen their resumes.  Potential activities include :

    • Assess what the children and youth know about Chagas disease prevention.  Then develop ways to strengthen the message using their voices. 
    • Work closely with the community members to organize activities that are community-oriented, empower leadership opportunities for sustainable recreational plan, sports and health education.
    • Hosting a Soccer camp that uses a games model to engage in deliberate play activities while educating the children and youth on Chagas disease prevention
    • Developing a Basketball camp or play day that uses a games model to engage in deliberate play activities while educating the children and youth on Chagas disease prevention
    • Engage the children and youth in natural Outdoor recreational activities (e.g. playground play).

Component 3: Visual Communication Practice- June 13th – June 29th, 2015

This program is designed for students from Film, Media, Photography and Visual Communication majors who are interested in practical experience in their areas of interest. Students who participate in this experience will be able to join efforts designed to:

  • Promote research and development projects in communities exposed to Chagas disease through multimedia production.

  • Gain a better understanding and appreciation of Ecuadorian culture through photo and video.

  • Strengthen their storytelling skills from a critical perspective.

  • Apply advanced field production techniques learned in classes.

  • Strengthen local communities by utilizing multimedia as a tool for social change.


Lab research

Component 4 - Laboratory Research. June 30th to July 11th

A limited number of participants can prolong their stay in the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Quito. Participants will continue processing the biological samples and data collected in the field.

For more information on this opportunity contact: Dr. Mario Grijalva - grijalva@ohio.edu or
Education Abroad - educationabroad@ohio.edu 
 

 

 Preliminary schedule for the Tropical Disease Research Program (Subject to Change)

Component

Week 1

Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6

Week 7

Biomedical Research

      X X

 

 

Comp. 2a: Healthy Living Initiative Summer Intervention*

X X X X

X

 

 

Comp. 2b: UG Service Learning: Healthy Homes for Healthy Living   X X X X X  
Comp 2c. Sports and recreation       X X    
Comp. 3: Visual Communication Practice       X X    

Comp 4.: Laboratory Research in Quito

          X

X

Dates

May 24 to May 30 May 31 to June 6 June 6 to June 13 June 14 to June 20

June 21 to June 27

June 28 to July 4

July 5 to July 11

 *To participate in this component, students must register for the Healthy Living Initiative class (INST 6900) at Ohio University

 

Arrival and departure schedule.

Participants can choose to participate in the program at different schedules as listed in the tables below. The minimum duration of stay will be ~2 weeks, the maximum will be 7 weeks. Week 6 and 7 activities will be conducted in Quito, working at the Center for Infectious Disease Research.

 

Costs of participation will be calculated based on a prorated daily cost. For specific information please contact Dr. Grijalva

Proposed travel dates and arrangements should be made by the participants after accepting his/her nomination into the program and MUST be approved by the program director prior to purchase of the air tickets.

Travel from Quito to the study site will be arranged according to these dates. Travel or arrival at different times will be considered in exceptional cases and the costs associated with travel to/from Quito to the study site will not be covered by the program fee.

International Arrival and Departure Options (Subject to change)

 

Upon preliminary acceptance into the program, accepted participants need to indicate their preferred schedule. Assignments will be made on a first come  first serve basis. In addition to the dates listed below, a select number of participants will arrive on June 1st and depart on August 15.

 

Option   Arrival to Quito Departure from Quito Group Duration
    date date   in Days
Option 1* Monday, May 25, 2015 Monday, June 29, 2015 HLI Development Team (2a) 35
Option 2 Monday, June 1, 2015 Monday, July 6, 2015 Undergraduate Service Learning (2b) 35
Option 3 Saturday, June 6, 2015 Monday, June 29, 2015 HLI Graduate Research Experience (2a) 23
Option 4 Saturday, June 13, 2015 Monday, June 29, 2015 Biomedical Research Field (1)
Sports and Recreation (2c)
Visual Communications (3)
16
Option 5 Friday, June 13, 2015 Saturday, July 11, 2015 Biomedical Research Field + Quito Lab (1, 4) 28

 

* Development Team Only

Includes 2 weeks conducting laboratory work at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Quito

 

Course information

The number of semester credits available will vary with length of participation and will match the Student's academic program needs. A non-credit option is available for non-OU students.

Course Credits for OU and non-OU students Undergraduate Students - Minimum 5 Credits
Bios 4930 Topics in Biological Sciences: Tropical Disease Research 1-2       CR  
Bios 4940 Undergraduate Research 1-2       CR Multiple sections can be taken to fill the number of credit hours
Bios 4940 Undergraduate Research 1-2       CR
Bios 4940 Undergraduate Research 1-2       CR
Bios 4910 Internship: International Research 1-15     CR  

Graduate Students Minimum 9 Credits

Bios 6820 Advanced Topics: International Research 1-4        CR Multiple sections can be taken to fill the number of credit hours
Bios 6950 Masters Research & Thesis 1-15       CR For students conducting thesis or dissertation work
Bios 8950 Doctoral Dissertation 1-15       CR
INST 6930 Indep. Study: Development, Communications and LA Culture 1-5 CR  
INST 6940 Practicum in Community Outreach: Health Issues in Ecuador  2 CR  
Non-OU students and OUCOM Students

Non-Credit available for students not attending Ohio University

 

Enrollment and eligibility

This multidisciplinary program is open to students interested in international studies, health and medicine, the environment, international development, health education, international relief work, biology, engineering, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, economics, and others. Undergraduate, graduate, medical and nursing students are encouraged to apply. Special arrangements can also be made for faculty and other professionals interested in participating. Students of all higher education institutions in the United States and abroad are eligible to apply.

Enrollment is limited. Admission is determined by Dr. Grijalva based on direct communication with interested individuals. Please e-mail Dr. Grijalva, indicating your interest in participating. Since this is a research training project, admissions will be based on the interface between the applicant's interest and expertise, and the specific needs of the project.

 

Costs of the program

  • Program fee  and tuition will be calculated based on the length of stay (See schedules).
  • Actual costs will depend on group composition and duration of stay. For detailed information about costs regarding your preferred itinerary please contact Dr. Grijalva
  • Current estimates based on 2013 costs. Actual costs might vary:
    • Tuition  5 OHIO credits (Up to 15 Cr) + Program fee  of $550 to $4,000 + $150 Administrative fee
    • or Non-credit program fee of $2,700  to 5,160 + $150 administrative fee.
  • Program fee and tuition will cover all participant's expenses in country:
    • food
    • lodging
    • transportation
    • logistics
    • Health insurance.
  • Costs not covered include:
    • souvenirs, entertainment, telephone and internet access charges and other personal expenses (~$100 per week recommended)
    • food while in route  from USA to Quito to USA.
    • Costs of passport ($165), required vaccinations, bednet and Malaria Prophylaxis
    • Airline ticket cost (participants are responsible for arranging their own flight). Past participants have purchased tickets from different cities in the USA to Quito from $900 to $1200, depending on dates and airline.
    • Immunizations and anti-malaria prophylaxis

    A backup credit card and/or an ATM card is a good idea in the event of unforeseen expenses. Access to functional ATMs outside of Quito can be unreliable. You can cash travelers checks in Quito, but are unlikely to be able to do so at most of our other destinations. Traveler’s checks are useless outside of the cities.
     

Actions required

  1. Attend information meetings (See announcements above) or participate in conference calls.
  2. Please e-mail Dr. Grijalva, indicating your interest in participating
  3. Follow the steps outlined in this checklist, including the online application in EAIS (http://eais.admsrv.ohio.edu/eais/student/).  Non-OU Students:  Please contact globalhealth@ohio.edu for instructions BEFORE submitting an application.
  4. Students will be notified of the decision in two weeks after the receipt of their application materials.

            

       All participants: Carefully read the nomination e-mail sent to you. Accept or decline your nomination through EAIS by the program deadline. Your Health Information Form will be filled out at this time.

     

  5. A non refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance into the program. The deposit will be applied to the program costs and deducted from the participant’s bill:

OU- Participants will be sent a deposit slip with their e-mailed nomination letter and will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 to the Bursar's office (Chubb Hall). Cash or check  payments accepted.

Non-OU Participants will be sent a deposit slip by e-mail and will return payment by check to the Ohio University to the Bursar’s Office at:  PO Box 960, Athens, OH  45701.  Please include the deposit slip with the mailing.  A non-degree application must be processed before the deposit can be credited to your account.

  1. Registration:  All participants will need to work with Dr. Grijalva to select their courses and then self-register for the appropriate courses through the OHIO System.  On-campus students may  attend scheduled computer lab sessions offered by the Office of Education Abroad to complete registration. Off-campus, non-OHIO and non-credit students can contact for the Office of Education Abroad for additional instructions or help as needed.

  2. Once accepted, participants will be required to complete additional paperwork in EAIS, including registering with the U.S. Department of State and completing a Confirmation Form, completing the HTH Application, and providing documentation of immunizations, your travel itinerary and copy of your passport information page. You will also be asked to send in a digital passport sized photo by April 30.
  3. Final payment will be posted to your Ohio University Student Account and due prior to departure in Mid-May to Early June.. You WILL NOT receive an invoice by mail. To avoid paying late fees, you will need to use your OHIO ID to check your OHIO student account regularly to pay the program fees

    Promotional and informational:

    • Participants will be asked to contribute with written material to be used on the Web and in other informational and promotional media

    • Consent will be asked for the use of photographs or video material depicting participants on the Web or in other media.

 

Useful information

Podcast series about the project
A series of 10 podcasts showcasing the different activities within the program.

Video Updates from Summer 2009 program 1, 2, 3
A series of 3 videos in YouTube where participants narrate their experiences during the Summer 2009 program.

Funding Sources for Students
Listing of internal and external funding sources for participation in TDI sponsored programs.

What to bring
A list of suggested supplies, clothing and other items.

Travelers Health Information
Vaccinations required, anti-malaria prophylaxis, etc.

Logistics and Safety
TDI programs have an excellent safety record. See details about the logistical arrangements, email access, etc.

Guidelines for Ethical Practice
The OHIO-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has adopted the AAMC’s “Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad”.

 

Other resources

Ecuador Links
Information about Ecuador: News and Media, Tourism, Cities, Culture, etc.

Infectious Disease Links
Information about protozoan, bacterial, Viral diseases and relevant organizations


Contact Information

Mario J. Grijalva
333 Irvine Hall
Athens, OH 45701
grijalva@ohio.edu
(740) 593 2192 (Of.)
(740) 597 2778 (Fax)
Office of Global Health Programs
Ohio University
E118 Grover Center, Athens, OH  45701
Phone:  740-593-2359; Fax 740-593-1730.

globalhealth@ohio.edu

For more information about TDI programs contact Dr. Grijalva at grijalva@ohiou.edu                                                    Hit Counter
Ohio University
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Irvine Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701
740-593-2530 740-597-2778 fax
 

Last updated: 10/13/2014