The All African Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Center (ALERT) was established in 1934 to serve as a specialized clinical research and training center for Ethiopia, Africa and beyond on leprosy, TB and other relevant infectious diseases. ALERT comprises of three big divisions; ALERT training division, ALERT hospital, and Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI). The training division of ALERT has a track record of providing In service training for health professionals in clinical and non-clinical areas for the last 50 years. The center gives basic trainings, training of trainers (TOT) and advanced level courses in areas of TB, MDR-TB, leprosy, HIV and other clinical and non-clinical courses. Practical attachments for the clinical trainings are conducted at ALERT hospital, which has high case load of HIV, TB, MDR-TB, leprosy & dermatologic patients.
The ALERT training center has been organizing and conducting national and international trainings for health workers in the area of Leprosy, Tuberculosis and other communicable diseases; addressing both clinical and programmatic issues since 1965 E.C. The center was accepted as a training center for Africa by heads of state of the Organizations of African Union. In addition, it was also recognized as a WHO collaborating center for Leprosy training in 1981 E.C. Moreover, it has been selected as a center of excellence for HIV/AIDS trainings as of 2009 G.C.
The training center has adequate infrastructure which includes different sized class rooms, LCD and wireless internet access. It has also a hostel (within the ALERT compound) which has a capacity of 28 bed rooms, each room having television set and wireless internet access as well as catering service which serves both international and national dishes.
Currently, the training center has been working to improve the learning approach in a more cost effective and efficient manner through blended training by introducing video conferencing and eLearning platform. To this end, the center has established a state of the art video conference rooms and eLearning section with the support from MSH- Heal TB project. In line with this, the training center has got a permission to access an infrastructure A 5 MB Woreda-net video data network and Internet facility to access and train remote health professionals.
The center is planning to host MDR TB consultation from the training center by video conferencing; as ALERT hospital is one the referral hospital for MDR TB. There is also a plan to use the existing facility for CME / CPD to assist the national IST and CPD objective by the Ministry of Health.