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Tropical nursing is a nursing specialty predominantly undertaken in tropical and subtropical regions. These regions generally have underdeveloped health services and a lack of essential healthcare staff, including registered nurses and midwives.
Diploma in Tropical Nursing – London
Registered nurses and midwives can undertake the 19 week (P/T) Diploma in Tropical Nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This course is intended for nurses and midwives who have travelled or worked in developing countries, or who hope to do so.
Diploma in Tropical Nursing – Liverpool
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine runs the Diploma in Tropical Nursing as a three-week intensive programme. It is designed for nurses and midwives who intend to work in developing countries. The course will provide a wide knowledge base, incorporating laboratory work, clinical aspects of infectious diseases, child health, sexual health, neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases as well as professional topics such as leading change, public health, governance and ethics.
This diploma course is available to registered nurses and midwives. It is recommended that you have a minimum of two years post-qualification experience.
Book on tropical nursing
A reliable source of information is Nursing and Midwifery – A Practical Approach by Sally Huband, Pam Hamiltin-Brown and Gillian Barber. The book focuses on Nursing and Midwifery in Africa. It is published by Macmillan Publishers Ltd but distributed by Teaching Aids at Low Cost.
Book on tropical diseases
Manson's Tropical Diseases (21st Ed) has achieved a significant change in direction and the preface states that it will be of immense value to physicians, scientists, nurses and paramedical personnel worldwide. The 22nd edition of the book is edited by Gordon C. Cook and Alimuddin Zumla and was published by W.B. Saunders, Elsevier in December 2008.