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ITM is starting a new campaign to coincide with World Malaria Day (25 April). The campaign will inform people from malaria-infected regions about the risks of malaria when they go back and visit their native country. ITM physicians have noticed that travellers of African origin frequently underestimate the danger of contracting malaria.

Head of ITM’s Unit of Malariology Anna Rosanas is no lab rat. Originally from Catalunya, Spain, the dedicated scientist sees life through both the microscopic lens of a molecular biologist with a background in genetics and the bird’s eye view of an epidemiologist.

Onlangs organiseerde de Belgische Ontwikkelingssamenwerking in Brussel een bijzondere bijeenkomst onder auspiciën van QUAMED (“Quality Medicines For All”), een Belgisch initiatief dat het pad effent voor verandering. Deze bijeenkomst maakte deel uit van drie vergaderdagen rond het thema van de toegang tot kwaliteitsvolle basisgeneesmiddelen.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) has developed a test that can confirm an infection with the Zika virus even after the acute infection phase. A correct diagnosis is especially important for pregnant women because of the potential risks for the unborn baby if the mother is infected.

Researchers of the Institute of Tropical Medicine and the University of Antwerp, collaborating with their colleagues from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, discovered a mutation in the genetic composition of the human protein apolipoprotein L1. This mutation is common in certain African tribes, and increases their risk of contracting the deadly sleeping sickness disease.

Today is World Tuberculosis Day. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) affects about 480.000 people worldwide. Only 50% of these patients are treated successfully. But there is hope. Promising new drugs and shorter MDR-TB treatments are in the pipeline and may lead to an increase in the cure rate.

New research published in the scientific journal eLife on Tuesday 22 March allows to trace back the successive epidemics of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent, the second deadliest parasitic disease after malaria.

A four-year study (2012-2015), led by the Belgian Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM) and coordinated by Professor Umberto D’Alessandro, shows four available antimalarial treatments are safe to use in pregnancy, providing sound scientific evidence on their use.

Marco Rafael Coral Almeida researched the transmission of pork tape worm in Ecuador. He obtained his doctoral degree at the Ghent University on Thursday 11 February 2016. We published a portrait of Marco in our P³ magazine of September 2015.

Universal Health Coverage, health for all without financial hardship, has been part of the international agenda for years now. Still, it remains a far dream for millions all over the world and a challenging task for policymakers. On request by the Belgian development cooperation, researchers of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) reviewed a decade of policies and practice towards universal coverage in ten countries in three continents in Africa, Asia and Latin America.