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Distance and blended learning have grown greatly during the last decade, offering opportunities to connect students but also introducing new challenges in the learning landscape. ITM and the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, India jointly organise the second workshop on Distance/Blended Learning 'Get Started, Keep Moving' from 19 until 23 September  2016 at ITM. 

De Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie (NVAO) heeft 22 augustus 2016 de manama- opleiding "Master of Science in Public Health" van het Antwerpse Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde als excellent beoordeeld. Dit eindoordeel is vrij uniek en dit betekent dat deze opleiding ver uitsteekt boven de basiskwaliteit.

Researchers from ITM and partner Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in DR Congo contributed to a large-scale study about Salmonella Enteritidis which comprised 675 strains from 45 countries worldwide. The study reveals two novel clades (groups) of Salmonella Enteritidis which are geographically confined to Africa and associated with bloodstream infection and multidrug resistance.

Het Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde in Antwerpen werkte voor het tweede seizoen opnieuw samen met de Cordon-crew. Het ITG stelde haar gebouwen en infrastructuur ter beschikking voor de opnames en gaf advies over de medische en wetenschappelijke aspecten van het scenario.

Jacques Pinel was a pioneer in the fight for universal access to quality-assured medicines. Jacques was a pharmacist by background and spent most of his professional life with Doctors Without Borders. He never stopped developing ideas, new projects and new networks, and delighted in sharing his experience, his enthusiasm and his vision with friends and colleagues. He passed away one year ago.

From 11 July 2016 onwards, certificates of vaccination against yellow fever are valid for life. Travelers who have a valid vaccination certificate ('yellow card') need not apply for a new one.

Social exclusion is a big obstacle to health and care for indigenous populations in South India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala), as  joint research between ITM and partner institution Institute of Public Health (IPH, Bangalore, India) confirmed.

With 1.5 million victims per year, tuberculosis is the world’s most deadly infectious disease and it is caused by various mycobacteria. One of these, Mycobacterium africanum, is responsible for up to 40% of the TB infections in West Africa.

The pilot course "Hospital-Based Interventions to Contain Antibiotic Resistance” finished Friday 1 July at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp. For two weeks 14 health care professionals from around the world were able to gain greater expertise regarding antibiotic resistance and its containment at hospital level in low-resource settings. Growing resistance to antibiotics poses a serious global threat to public health.

In 2015-2016, IPH and ITM researchers engaged with professional filmmaker Lode Desmet. The resulting ‘Health in All’ documentary makes a case for a 'Health in All' approach, starting from the realities and needs as voiced by members of tribal communities.