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ITM believes that each world citizen should be able to enjoy a healthy life, and that scientific progress is a motor of societal development.


ITM aims at the advancement and spread of the sciences that contribute to tropical medicine and to public health in developing countries, inclusive of their global dimensions.


ITM conducts, within a coherent academic triad, fundamental, translational and applied scientific research; delivers advanced education and training; and provides medical, scientific and societal expert services.


ITM strives in the fulfilment of its mission for excellence, integrity, specificity and efficiency. It upholds human dignity and diversity, academic creativity and critical sense, solidarity and collaboration, and the well-being of its employees, students, patients and other clients.

For over a century, the Institute of Tropical Medicine offers a window to the world. Students from over 30 countries specialise in tropical infectious diseases and health care right here in Antwerp. Our scientists carry out research in laboratories and in the field, in collaboration with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. Our doctors and nurses offer travel advice, vaccinations and medical care tailored to the individual patient, treating imported diseases, HIV and STDs.

Our globalised world is changing rapidly and the Institute adapts. As a result of increased trade, migration, tourism and climate change, we face big health questions today. With our top level education, research and service delivery we contribute to the answers to these questions. We strengthen our partner organisations so they can take charge of science and health care in their own country and we jointly work towards scientific progress and better health.

Have a look at the ITM website.