Meegid XIII


Institute of Tropical Medicine
155 - 2000 Antwerpen

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The conference will take place at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

The Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) was formally an autonomous and private "Institution of Public Utility", founded in 1931. However, its predecessor, the "School of Tropical Medicine", originally created by King Leopold II to address health problems in the then Free State of Congo, had already been operational since 1906.

The Institute moved to Antwerp, to the art-d├ęco building it still occupies near the former "Congo docks", so that patients could be rapidly transferred from the ships and sailors would have easy access to the clinic.

Since then the ITM has been a reference center for training, research and services in tropical medicine. In recent decades, public health research and development, and later AIDS have also become an important part of our portfolio.

The Institute is known worldwide for its teaching, research and service provision in tropical medicine and health care in developing countries. With numerous partners around the world, it strives towards "health care for all".

The Institute is located in two beautifully protected monuments. The main building is an Art Deco structure retaining many original features. The education department is situated in a seventeenth century monastery that has been stunningly renovated to create an atmospheric meeting space.