Ampliación del curso



El comité organizador del curso de Medicina Tropical quiere informarles que ampliamos la fecha de acceso a los materiales hasta el dia 25 de Diciembre dado el volumen de peticiones que hemos recibido para ello.

Además de eso aprovechamos para notificar que en los próximos días los certificados serán enviados a sus correos electronicos (aquellos empleados para inscribirse en la plataforma)

Un cordial saludo


Tropical Medicine Course 2020 - Coming in September

We are thrilled to announce that we are working against the clock to have our first online course in Tropical Medicine to commemorate the 10th International Medical Conference in Memory of Dr. Alan Gabster. In a month we will have all the presentations in an online platform- free for medical personnel to access. The course will include video presentations from a panel full of international, Latin American specialists in Tropical Medicine.  Participants can take the course over a 3 month period, and must complete the quizzes in order to receive a certificate.

Latin American health professionals, who face the challenges of tropical medicine on a daily basis will benifit from this free course- but of course, others around the globe who are interesed in the course are welcome to take it!

All this work has been possible thanks to the cooperation a group of professionals who are working with CDNA to make this dream come true:


Estamos muy contentos de poder anunciar que estamos trabajando a contra reloj para tener el primer curso de Medicina Tropical en lines. Servirá para conmemorar el décimo aniversario de la Conferencias Médica en memoria del doctor Alan Gabster. A principios de septiembre tendremos todas las presentaciones en una plataforma educativa  en internet y será de acceso gratuito para el personal médico y demás personas interesadas. El curso incluirá presentaciones en video de un grupo de médicos y especialistas en medicina tropical de caracter internacional dentro del cantinente americano. Los participantes podrán atender a las ponencias en su propio tiempo y contarán con un período de tres meses para completarlo y así recibir el certificado. Cada ponencia esta acompoñade de un cuestionario para afianzar los conocimientos presentados.

Los maximos benecifiados por el curso serán aquellos profesionales de la salud que en su día a día se enceuntran con realidades de medicina tropical y que por medios y otras circunstancias tienen dificultad para acceder a formación contunia. Sin embargo también será una oportunidad para cualquier persona interesada en la medicina tropical que tenga acceso a internet.

Este trabajo es posible gracias a la colaboración de un grupo de profesionales que trabajan junto con CDNA para hacer este sueño posible



 Dr. Jose Antonio Suarez who works in ICGES in Panama. He is a distinguished member of the SNI at the Secretariant of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Dr. Jose Antonio Suarez trabaja en el ICGES en Panamá. Además es un distinguido miemrbo del SNI en el Secretariado de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación

Amanda Gabster (Krachi Bulechi Chui) by day is a sexual health researcher at  ICGES in Panama and by night,  Krachi is the Director of CDNA.

Amanda Gabster (Krachi Bulechi Chui) de día es una investigadora en salud sexual en ICGES en Panamá, y de noche Krachi es la directora de CDNA


Dra Monica Pachar works in the Hospital Santo Tomas in Panama and is chair of the Early career physicians of the American Collegue of Physicians in their Central American Chapter,  as well as prominent member of the Tropical Medicine Commission of SEIP.

Dra Monica Pachar trabaja en el Hospital Santo Tomás en Panamá y es chair de Early Career Physicians, American Collegue of Physicians, en el Central
American Chapter. También  miembro de la Comisión de Medicina Tropical del SEIP).

 Dra Jacqueline Levy works in the Hospital de Niño-Dr José Renán Esquivel of Panama. She is also the secretary of the Tropical Medicine Commission of SLIPE.

Dra Jacqueline Levy trabaja en el Hospital del Niño-Dr. José Renán Esquivel de Panamá. Además es secretaria de la comisión de Medicina Tropical del SLIPE.

 Gonzalo Cabezas Talavero is a IT health consultant in Panama, and has developed digital tools to support the process of monitoring and evaluation with HIV population.

 Gonzalo Cabezas Talavero es consultor en materia de tecnologias de la información y ha desarrollado herramientas de monitoreo digital para formentar la evaluación en las organizaciones que trabajan prevención del VIH en Panamá.

We will be publishing more information soon and the link to sing in for the course in the following month (September 2020), so keep an eye here and in our facebook page.

The list of panelists and topics is as follows.

We are lucky to have prominent tropical medicine physicians and researchers joining us this year.

Seguiremos publicando información sobre el curso así como los enlaces como para completar el proceso de inscripción en las próximas semanas, así que no pierdas de vista nuestra pagina en facebook.

Abajo encontrarás la lista de los panelistas y los temas que se van a presentar.

Somos unos privilegiados por contar con la ayuda de tan distinguidos profesionales y estamos muy agradecidos por su inmensa colaboración

Alez’s experience

Growing with CDNA within my community as a reference for young people and other adults

My experience with CDNA it has been amazing and I can assure that it has been incredible.

I started cooperating with them in health promotion around La Comarca Ngöbe Buglé. Initially learning about ITS’s and how to prevent them, gaining sufficient knowledge and confidence to talk about it with people from the community.  Then, I have started advocating and informing other young people about it so they can act responsibly with themselves and in their relationships.

Sex Educaion feels that it has been forgotten by the government and ministry of education for years. But CDNA came and have provided me and others with relevant information and tools to work in reducing the negative impact that they have among people in the Comarca Ngöbe- Buglé.

In addition to that, while supporting CNDA, I have met people from different backgrounds. Which has make me open my mind to new ideas and perspectives about the world and other cultures. I have shared my knowledge about the Ngöbe-Buglé by teaching people about our culture, way of life, language, music, etc. Also to other panamenians that visited La Comarca for the first time in their lifes.

The thing that I like the most about CDNA is that as well as supporting projects in the comarca, motivate people to grown beyond their intial idea. Doing better for themselves and their own communities.


Ben’s experience

My experience with CDNA in La Comarca Ngobe Bugle, Panama

I really enjoyed volunteering with CDNA. As a development organization I feel that it goes far beyond the services and programs that are currently available in rural Panama and that it fills an important gap where the government and community resources fall short of serving the people.

What I loved about working with CDNA was the creative ways that we worked with people and the connections that were made with individuals. We listened to them, found out about who they are and adjusted our strategy of helping them, so that they could really help themselves.

It was amazing to see how Amanda is helping to shape the future society of Panama by creating connections with health professionals across the country and elegantly incepting them to work more effectively and compassionately to address the leading health concerns.

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2020 Congress

Alan Gabster's International Medical Conference 2020

Over the last 9 years CDNA has been organising an medical conference in the honor of Alan Gabster. He was a cardiologist who always believed and work in favour of people with less resources.

The conference has followed his work and vision of providing continuous training to health personnel and doctors from remote areas, with very limited resources and opportunities. The conference offers access to continuous training about tropical medicine and infectious diseases.  

The topics and speaker has  imporved over the years. As a direct consequence of that, the number of participants have grown over the years and we plan to keep that trend streaching to the maximum the locations and resourcers.

We are proud for the support that we have received from the Ministry of Health (MINSA) that has materialised in the facilitation of spaces to perform the talks and presentations also borrowing us equipment and of course encouraging the professionals who work for them to participate as speakers.

Thanks also to the donors as with their support we are able to provide schoolarships for professionals to participate in the conference, from different parts of the country. Some of them come from remote communities and can take them up to three days to reach the city of Santiago, where the conference is hosted.

This year we were hoping to introduce some practical sessions, but due to covid-19 and the travelling restrictions, we has shifted the ideas and we are moving the conference to digital platform. So the training can still be deliver although we will miss the networking part of it and our famous “Night quiz of infectious deseass”.

New for this year is that we increase sustantially the presence of tropical diseases  and their diagnose and we will have speakers from top universities from Colombia, the USA and Venezuala. As well as professionals from Panama that are leading investigations in viruses and bacterias that exist in the areas of the  country such as Darién or the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé.