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  • Medical Technologist Externship Trainingtraining facilities Program for young medical technologist graduates
  • Training for Medical Technologists, Nurses of Satellite Hospitals on proper blood collection, individual recruitment and counselling, proper screening and collection of blood
  • Individual training programs on entomology - JICA, DOH, private institutions and hospitals depending on the individual needs
  • Third Country Training Program on the Laboratory Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and Opportunistic Infections – JICA (may include STDs depending on schedule)
  • Training of clinicians and laboratory staff in various aspects of laboratory diagnosis of bacterial infections
  • Infectious Disease Training Programs for residents in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine (inter-institutional arrangements only)
  • Residency Training in Infectious/Tropical Dermatology (Dept. of Health Qualifying Exam required)

For details send e-mail toinfo@ritm.gov.ph
Attention:   Training & Technology Transfer Committee

A panoramic view of RITM with detailed views of the training facilities are found here [ photo page ].

Training Course on Rabies and 
Animal Bite Management

Rabies is an acute fatal encephalitis with no effective cure but is preventable by immunization. In the Philippines, rabies continues to be an endemic disease despite the availability of effective and safe vaccines. The incidence of rabies in the country is 6-8 per million population and this one of the highest worldwide. More than 100,000 people consult for animal bites annually, majority of these will require post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

In 1992, the WHO Expert Committee on Rabies recommended the use of the intradermal (ID) regimen of anti-rabies vaccination especially for developing countries where the cost of vaccination is high and the supply of vaccine frequently runs out. This regimen reduces the cost of anti-rabies vaccination without compromising its efficacy.

In 1997, the Dept. of Health adapted the ID regimen of anti-rabies vaccination. The following year, animal bite treatment centers (ABTC) were set up in all provinces and major cities of the Philippines so that effective PEP using the ID regimen may become more accessible to bite victims. As the pioneer in the use of the ID regimen in the country, the RITM is one of the centers accredited by the Department of Health Rabies Control Program to provide training on Rabies and Animal Bite Management.


This training is intended to:

  1. Provide the participants knowledge on the current rabies situation (human and animal) in the Philippines and the National rabies prevention and control program, updates on clinical management of rabies and on rabies diagnosis.
  2. Train the participants on the recommended  management of animal bites, specifically on:
    1. Categorizing exposures, deciding whether to give PEP and what to give
    2. Vaccination regimens
    3. RIG administration
    4. Special situations
    5. Treatment of adverse reactions
    6. Advice on management of biting animal
  3. Develop/Improve the participantsí proficiency and skill in the ID administration of rabies vaccine and infiltration of rabies immune globulin
  4. Provide information on cold chain management
  5. Provide orientation on the completion of the DOH reporting forms in order to improve surveillance of human rabies and animal bite cases

Course Curriculum. The training course is conducted over 3 days and is divided into 2 parts. The didactic portion provides the basis for the recommendations while the practicum develops the skill of the participants in the correct administration of rabies vaccines and immuneglobulins.

Requirements for Training. Institutions desiring to avail of this training should send a letter of request to the RITM Director, Dr. Remigio M. Olveda through the Chief  of the Clinical Research Division,  Dr. Beatriz P. Quiambao. Participants should be physician and nurse teams currently working or will be working in an animal bite treatment center or hospital.

  • A physician may undergo training without a nurse provided he/she will administer the injections.
  • A nurse cannot undergo training without a physician unless the physician partner has already undergone training (a copy of the training certificate of the partner physician should be presented).
  • Existing ABTC staff who have not been trained in the current guidelines will need a refresher course, which will consist of the didactic part only

The fee for the course is as follows:

                                             Private           Government

Full course                            P 5000               P 3600
(didactic and practicum)

Refresher                              P 2500               P 2000
(Didactic only)


The training fee will cover the didactic lectures and practicum, training materials, references, lunch and snacks. Certificates of Completion is given at the end of the training program.

For the training schedule, please coordinate with Mrs. Eloisa Almazan at the Clinical Research Division office prior to sending your training request. Contact number is 807-2638 or e-mail  eloisaalmazan@yahoo.com or ealmazan@ritm.gov.ph


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