The Federation of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH) was founded in 1995 in Hamburg, during the first European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH).
The primary objective for the formation of the FESTMIH network was – and still is – to facilitate the organisation of a regularly occurring high-level European Congresses on Tropical Medicine and International Health.
In summary, FESTMIH’s activities include:
- Being the patron and co-organiser of the Congress.
- Organising joint sessions of member societies at ECTMIH
- Publishing the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health
- Liaising with European schools of global health and tropical medicine
- Promoting research and development in the interest of global health and tropical medicine
- Advocating for universal access to health and equity in health
Members were national societies for tropical medicine (some also including international health).
How FESTMIH works
The Executive Board runs the Federation, according to a work plan that is approved by the General Assembly. The board consists of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and additional members (technical advisors or observers).
The General Assembly consists of delegates nominated by each member society. Over the past decade, the Federation has developed into an extended network of national societies on tropical medicine and international/global health.
Fifteen European countries are currently represented on the Federation Council by their respective national societies. Overseas societies are welcomed as corresponding members.
Member societies include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Increasingly, FESTMIH actively fosters the formation of new national societies within Europe, especially in the new member states of the European Union.
At the Assembly meeting in Antwerp in March 2018, FESTMIH welcomed the Irish Forum as a new member and in October 2017, at ECTMIH in Antwerp, the Croatian Society of Travel, Tropical and Migration Medicine joined the Federation.
The steady growth of the network ensures continuity of our work and opens new possibilities for joint action in research and development, dissemination of knowledge, advocacy and exchange of experiences in the field of global health and tropical medicine.
- Austrian Society for Tropical Medicine The Austrian Society for Tropical Medicine, Parasitology and Migrant Health (die Österreichische Gesellschaft für Tropenmedizin, Parasitologie und Migrationsmedizin)
- Because Health (Belgium)
- The Czech Society is part of the Society of Tropical and Travel Medicine, and operates under the umbrella of the Czech Society of Infectious Diseases
- The Finnish Society for International Health
- Société de Pathologie Exotique France
- German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health
- The Irish Forum for Global Health
- The Italian Society of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (La Società Italiana di Medicina Tropicale e Salute)
- Norwegian Forum for Global Health
- The Association for the Development of Tropical Medicine (Associacion para o Desenvolvimento da Medicina Tropical) (Portugal)
- Spanish Society (SEMTSI) (Sociedad Espanola de Medicine Tropical Y Salud Internacional)
- Swedish Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health
- Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
- Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health
- Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Great Britain)
We envision a world of equity in health for all, a goal for which FESTMIH supports a community of practice in global health and tropical medicine.
Our mission is to improve the health status of people worldwide through establishing partnerships and mobilising professionals, and by promoting and disseminating research in global health and tropical medicine.
- Universal access: we support universal access to health and equity in health
- Inclusiveness: we strive for inclusiveness
- Global health and tropical medicine: we are a professional organisation building on the interdisciplinary expertise of our member societies
- Diversity: we emphasise the value and importance of cultural diversity and human rights in achieving better health for all
- Collaboration: we promote European and global collaboration and networking in global health and tropical medicine
- Research and development: we believe in the crucial role of research and development, with emphasis on low resource settings / low- and middle-income countries, in achieving better health for all