Jan 20 2022


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Afghan Humanitarian Arrivals: Leishmaniasis and Malaria

The Minnesota Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health is hosting this webinar regarding Afghan arrivals.

Thursday, January 20, 2022
1 – 3 pm ET | 12 – 2 pm CT | 11 am – 1 pm MT | 10 am – 12 pm PT

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Hour 1: Screening and diagnosis


  • Review the epidemiology of malaria in Afghanistan
  • Describe best practices for timely diagnosis and treatment of malaria in the United States


  • Describe the causal agents, epidemiology, and transmission of leishmaniasis in Afghanistan
  • Describe the main forms of leishmaniasis in Afghanistan, their associated signs and symptoms, and differential diagnosis
  • Recommend appropriate next steps for patients with findings concerning for leishmaniasis thought to be acquired in Afghanistan

Ellen Frerich, PHN, RN, MSW, MPP, MN


Holly Biggs, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist, Malaria Branch, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Andrew Abbott, MD, MPH
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, CDC Parasitic Diseases Branch
Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service

Hour 2: Clinical management


  • Describe approaches for P. vivax malaria anti-relapse therapy
  • Review considerations for treatment of malaria in pregnancy and other special situations


  • Describe the appropriate physical examination, specimen collection, and diagnostic testing for simple and complex cutaneous leishmaniasis acquired in Afghanistan
  • Describe the treatment options and expected response to treatment for simple and complex cutaneous leishmaniasis acquired in Afghanistan

Holly Biggs, MD, MPH
Andrew Abbott, MD, MPH


Alexia Knapp, MD, MS, FAAD
Board-certified dermatologist at HealthPartners Medical Group in St. Paul, Minnesota
Core Faculty in the University of Minnesota (UMN) Global Medicine Pathway

Naomi Aronson, MD, FACP, FIDSA, CTropMed
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Professor of Medicine, with secondary appointments in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology, and Preventive Medicine/Biostatistics
Director of the USU Infectious Diseases Division

Christina Coyle, MD, MS, FACP
Clinical Director, Infectious Disease Service at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx (NY)
Lead, Tropical Medicine Clinic, Jacobi Medical Center
Active member, American Society of Tropical Medicine (ASTMH) & International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)

William Stauffer, MD, MSPH, FASTMH
Professor, UMN Department of Medicine, appointments in Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, & School of Public Health
Director, Human Migration and Health, Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
Provider, Regions Hospital, Infectious Diseases, with an outpatient practice at the Travel and Tropical Medicine Specialty Clinic


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and Minnesota Department of Health.

The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other participants will receive a proof of attendance document from MDH following completion of a post-webinar evaluation and are responsible for determining if this training meets CE criteria for their professional organization.