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Learning objectives

By the end of this session, trainees are expect to:

  • Know the commonly used antileishmania drugs and regimens
  • Understand the commonly encountered adverse events and their treatment
  • Understand the treatment monitoring and nursing care required for VL treatment

Facilitation technique suggestions

  • Facilitating reading through the manual
  • Make part of the class write the drugs and other group the adverse effects and arrange a role play matching the two

The principles of VL treatment include:

-        Reduce tissue parasite burden to invisible levels

-        Prevent drug resistance

-        Minimize adverse events

-        Address complications (secondary infections, anemia, malnutrition)