Welcome to the Scientific programme for ECTMIH 2019

Tropical medicine is a discipline with a long history, and many organisations and Societies, including the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene have been in existence and working to make an impact in this field of work for over a century.  

2019, the year of the next European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH), marks 25 years of very significant collaboration on the forefront of tropical medicine and international health by the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health, whose members are an active group of European Societies.

These Societies have been and continue to be dedicated to advancing health in tropical and resource poor settings. Indeed, many of them still have close historical ties with tropical countries and continue to invest in health systems support, research and development.

The scientific programme for ECTMIH 2019 will build on these foundations with thematic tracks that reflect the meeting’s overarching themes of investigation, innovation and implementation but also with cross-cutting plenary sessions, discussions and debates to ensure we end the meeting with new networks formed, and some new plans to take forward.

In today’s ever more interconnected world, tropical medicine has had to deal with international health issues not always related to a tropical climate. Emerging diseases and epidemics may start in a tropical country, but the risk of spread around the globe is enormous. Vast population movements both forced and voluntary, the highest levels seen since World War II, are further adding to the complexities of healthcare and remind us that diseases do not respect borders. 

Clinical care in big cities is often to a high standard for patients who can afford it, but very different for those who cannot. For those living outside of the cities, healthcare is often severely under resourced. In his context how can we achieve equitable healthcare?

Advances in diagnostics, treatment, vector control, progress towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the huge increase of non-communicable disease, particularly in built environments, as well as contexts of climate change, animal health, man-made and natural disasters and growing economic inequality all bring new challenges to our sector.

Throughout the meeting, we will include research from the laboratory and from the field, including implementation research, awareness and policymaking so that we can ensure a range of first-hand experience feeds into the impact of the Congress. We also want to highlight work from young researchers and this is part of one of our tracks.

We sincerely hope to welcome to the meeting the breadth of knowledge needed to tackle these complex issues – across disciplines, across public and private sectors, across the regions of the world and at all career stages.

This will be a stimulating few days, both for those presenting and those participating, as all sessions will include time for discussion.  

In reviewing the proposed tracks we hope you see where your research or experience will fit and we look forward to your proposals.

Dr Adrian D Hopkins MBE
Chair of the Scientific Committee

Overarching theme – 25 years: investigation, innovation and implementation

Track 1: prevention

  • Innovations in biomedical science including diagnostics, vector control, drug development
  • Innovations in social science including community awareness and engagement and behavioural change
  • Innovations in drug development including vaccines

Track 2: treatment/patient care 

  • Management of common diseases in remote areas
  • Emerging diseases
  • Primary health care and minimal curative care
  • Specific disease areas including diabetes, hypertension, malaria, TB, AMR, HIV
  • Community diagnosis and care (NTDs and NCDs)

Track 3: One Health and young researchers 

  • One Health half-track
  • The remaining time will be devoted to young researchers

Track 4: health systems 

  • Health and policy system development
  • Changing health population profiles including resilience to outbreaks, refugees and internally displaced persons,
  • Innovations in funding including health insurance, models for health systems in-country, internal and external funding, problems of catastrophic health expenditure

Track 5: age-related healthcare 

  • Maternal and child health
  • Adolescent health 
  • Elderly and end of life care

Track 6: external factors influencing future health 

  • Climate change
  • The built environment
  • Economic factors incorporating health economics
  • Populations dynamics incorporating population movement and population growth
  • Health and the digital world incorporating data and artificial intelligence

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