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ECTMIH 2015: European congress on tropical medicine and international health ECTMIH

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

At more than 50 events on highly topical issues such as the spread of drug resistance, dealing with sporadic infectious diseases such as Ebola, and the new UN sustainability goals, participants strive for the most innovative solutions and implementation strategies for improving global health.

"We need the best science for those most neglected on a global level," says Marcel Tanner, the recently resigned Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Swiss TPH, and president of the scientific committee of the conference.

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Swiss TPH, is organizing the congress at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland.

New Platforms for Effective Solutions Global health remains one of the burning issues in international cooperation. The UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be adopted at the end of September include global health as a central issue. Thanks to intensive cooperation via private-public partnerships between science, the public sector, foundations, and the private sector, new approaches and treatments for even neglected diseases are being developed.

"We need platforms such as this congress, which better connects the various players from the fields of research, implementation, and policy and leads to concrete solutions," says Marcel Tanner. New knowledge from research, local know-how, and financial and human resources need to be pooled and shared. The Congress in Basel takes place out of the conviction that we can make an active and effective contribution.

The topics discussed during the five days cover a wide range, from issues of increased global mobility and growing social and political instability, to the environment and health, population growth, diseases of poverty, social and economic determinants of health and well-being, and the benefit of 'Big Data' in health monitoring and prevention.

High-ranking Representatives of the WHO, EU, and Switzerland will open the Conference The conference organized by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Swiss TPH will be opened in an official ceremony in the Basel Fair with representatives from the fields of politics, science, and health on Sunday, 4th September. High-level WHO representatives, such as the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti will be taking part. The world's most important institutions in the field of global health will be represented at the congress

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