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GAMS Belgium, FORWARD UK, HIMILO foundation in Netherlands and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp have launched the first European Awareness Campaign to engage men in the prevention of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Europe.

Zika is a virus that belongs to the Flaviviridae virus family and is related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus. It is transmitted by the Aedes mosquitoes that bite mostly during the daytime.

Research at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM) and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) shows that international guidelines for clinical trials are in dire need of an update. The good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines do not take local circumstances and the well-being of patients in developing countries properly into account.

Largest ever trial of convalescent plasma to treat Ebola shows it is safe but needs more data to determine benefits.

Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is an innovative multi-partner blended training program for young, promising and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and/or local change makers. EV4GH coaches 'Emerging Voices' to participate actively in international conferences where global health issues are addressed, and to raise their voice in scientific and policy debates.

1 December is World AIDS Day. ITM celebrated by hosting the annual BREACH symposium (Belgian Research on AIDS and HIV Consortium) on 27 November. Over 200 participants, including researchers, clinicians, prevention workers and civil society members from all over Belgium gathered in ITM's Aula Janssens.

Patrick Reyntiens stelde op 26 november zijn boek "Dansen in het luchtledige - leven met hiv" voor in het Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde (ITG). Tijdens een panelgesprek met professor Bob Colebunders en Marina Cloetens van het ITG en Chris Lambrechts van Sensoa vertelde hij over zijn ervaringen als hiv-patient in de jaren 80 en hoe het zijn verdere leven zou bepalen.

Bouchra Assarag dedicated her PhD research at the Institute of Tropical Medicine to pregnancy complications in the isolated Moroccan Al Haouz region. A photo exhibition and documentary presented at the annual ITM Colloquium in Rabat tell the untold stories of pregnancy complications in rural Morocco.

The Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine has launched a fellowship program for selected medical graduates from the U.S. The ITM Damien fellowships 2016-2017, named after Belgian international health pioneer Father Damien, give three medical doctors access to a postgraduate course in Antwerp as a springboard for further specialization in tropical medicine and international health.

Every day about 800 mothers die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Most could have been prevented through skilled care and efficient monitoring. Three women, a researcher, a midwife and a mother share their story on motherhood.