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The Institute of Tropical Medicine has unveiled an interactive photo exhibition in Antwerp Central Station. It is a monument in honour of the health workers and scientists from Africa, Asia and Latin America who came to the rescue when a fictitious epidemic hit Antwerp in 2020.

Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major health problem in Cambodia. Natalie Lorent, PhD student at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) and the University of Antwerp (UA), conducted her research in the slums of Phnom Penh, where tuberculosis (TB) wreaks havoc. Lorent and her team developed a more effective approach to actively detect TB cases by using new diagnostic tools and strong involvement by the local community.

After I finished my medical studies in Ghent, I did the Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Medicine and International Health at ITM in 2014. I’ve listed my Antwerp top 10 - check them out! But don’t let this keep you from exploring the city yourself with your newly-made friends from the Institute!

Gezondheidswerkers uit 30 landen bezoeken deze week de eerstelijnsgezondheidszorg in Vlaanderen en Brussel. Het gaat om studenten die aan het Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde een Master in Public Health volgen. De bedoeling is dat studenten de praktijk van de eerstelijnsgezondheidszorg in België ontdekken en hieruit profijt kunnen trekken voor hun werk in hun thuisland.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine, with support from the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), launches "Be-PrEP-ared" on Thursday 10 September. This study is the first Belgian research project to test the applicability of preventive HIV medication among gay men as an additional tool of the Belgian prevention strategy.

A film about the Ebola-Tx clinical trial was presented on Monday 7 September 2015 at the European Conference on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH) in Basel. The Ebola-Tx trial is the largest ever Ebola trial testing convalescent plasma as treatment.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp is honoured to host the 13th International Meeting Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases (MEEGID XIII)

Man’s intervention in the environment is not always harmless. Over 200 million people worldwide suffer from schistosomiasis, a tropical disease caused by the Schistosoma mansoni flatworm. The worm infects mainly children from the poorer areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Until the 80s, Northwest Senegal was spared. However, the construction of two dams to improve agriculture provoked a severe epidemic.

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.