Strengthening the rational basis for medical and veterinary healthcare systems in developing countries and responding to domestic needs of imported and tropical diseases.

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The scope of the ITM covers all diseases and health problems related to the specific ecological and socio-economic conditions of developing countries. 

What does the ITM do?

This includes teaching, training, research, the provision of services and the increase in the number of healthcare systems both in Belgium and in the field.

  • The ITM is a member of many international networks and always works in partnership with institutions, governments and communities in developing countries.
  • It is responsible for education and advanced study programmes at PhD and Master’s level in the fields of tropical diseases, public health and the fight against infectious diseases such as AIDS, tropical veterinary medicine and livestock.
  • Regarding research and the provision of services, the ITM is an international reference centre in the following fields: AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, leishmaniasis, worm infections, livestock diseases and the organisation of healthcare systems. Research is carried out at the Institute and in the field, always incollaboration with local partners. 
  • The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) is leading an international research consortium which will  assess whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients fight the disease. If the treatment is proven effective, this could be replicated as an option to provide urgent treatment for patients in West Africa.

How can you help the ITM?

Despite the fact that the ITM can receive grants from various authorities, it lacks sufficient funds to achieve all of its objectives.

  • Education: The ITM must meet the high demand for scholarships for one-year Master’s degree programmes aimed at specialists who already have several years’ experience in their field and want to improve healthcare systems in their country.
  • Training: The ITM also lacks necessary funds for training researchers from developing countries at doctoral level. This training is fundamental for the sustainability and autonomy of healthcare systems, the fight against diseases and biomedical research in these countries.
  • Research and provision of services: There is always a great lack of funds. Sixty to ninety per cent of its activity, which includes the field of AIDS must be carried out by funding from external limited funds or sponsorship.


Translated by Christina Cordaroy via Translations for Progress

Release by Donorinfo - Last modification : 17/11/2020