After the Ebola crisis, other viruses are a hot research topic again. In two companion studies published simultaneously in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, scientists of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) together with colleagues from the US, Peru, Bolivia, France and Switzerland, show that some parasites of the Amazonian jungle are infected with virus that helps them survive treatments.
The Superior Health Council (SHC) has given a positive advice regarding the conditions in which decentralised and demedicalised HIV testing for risk groups in Belgium may be performed. In the near future, HIV screening can be carried out by non-medical personnel outside of a traditional medical setting providing they have received appropriate training and the screening complies with strict quality requirements. The law related to this type of screening will soon be reviewed.
Many holidaymakers venture to other European countries or to one of the countries across the Mediterranean (the Middle East and North Africa) at this time of year. Even though these destinations are quite nearby, the health risk is often no smaller than when travelling to far-away places.
2015 is a crucial year for development cooperation: on the one hand we reach the deadline for the millennium goals and on the other hand we will set course for a new orientation of sustainable development cooperation. Under the motto "Our world, our dignity, our future", the development cooperation of the EU and its Member States will be presented to the main public.
We post our activities on development cooperation on the European Year for Development website.