The 10th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health will take place on 16–20 October 2017 in Queen Elizabeth Hall, Koningin Astridplein 20, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium. The main objective of ECTMIH2017 is to provide a platform for state-of-the-art updates and recent breakthroughs in the field of tropical medicine and global health.

FIND symposia:

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The contribution of diagnostics to control and elimination of NTDs
Tuesday, 17 October, 12:30 – 13:30

  • Diagnostic needs for case management, Daniel Dagne (WHO/IDM/NTD)
  • The Francophone network on neglected tropical diseases, Philippe Solano (IRD)
  • Evaluation of diagnostic tools for human African trypanosomiasis elimination and clinical trials, Veerle Lejon (IRD)
  • Diagnostics for leishmaniasis in elimination settings: modelling and evaluation, Emily Adams (LSTM)
  • Round table – Chair: Joseph Ndung’u (Head of NTD programme, FIND)

Hepatitis C care in resource-constrained settings. Do we have a scalable public health approach anno 2017?
Wednesday, 18 October, 15:30 – 17:00, Toucan

  • Introduction to the public health approach to HCV care, Lutgarde Lynen (Unit HIV & Infectious Diseases, Department of Clinical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp)
  • Access to HCV medicines and diagnostics worldwide – Successes & remaining challenges, Jessica Burry (HIV/HCV Access Campaign Pharmacist at Médecins Sans Frontières)
  • The innovative R&D model of the Drug for Neglected Disease Initiative (DNDi) to increase access to HCV care in low- and middle-income countries, Isabelle Andrieux-Meyer (HIV/HCV Team Leader, DNDi)
  • Unlocking the Hepatitis C Market for Diagnostics, Francesco Marinucci (Head of HIV/HCV Unit, FIND)
  • Hepatitis C testing & treatment roll-out in Rwanda – Policy development & Program implementation, Sabin Nsanzimana (Division Manager of HIV/AIDS, STIs and Other Blood Borne Diseases Division, Ministry of Health, Rwanda)
  • From HCV screening to treatment with generic Direct Acting Antivirals – Results from a pilot HCV/HIV coinfection project in Cambodia, Anja De Weggheleire (Unit HIV & Infectious diseases, Department of Clinical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp)
  • Panel discussion – Chairs: Lutgarde Lynen (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium) & Thomas Van Wolleghem (University Hospital of Antwerp, Belgium)

Oral presentations

4S1 – Elimination of Human African Trypanosomiasis
Tuesday, 17 October, 10:30 – 12:00, Darwin

  • 4S1.2 – Development of a framework for integrated passive surveillance to drive elimination of human African trypanosomiasis in Kongo Central province, DRC
  • 4S1.3 – The conflict in South Sudan: A threat to the elimination of gambiense human African trypanosomiasis in Uganda?
  • 4S1.4 – A strategy combining passive surveillance and reactive active screening to control human African trypanosomiasis during the Ebola crisis in Guinea

1S1 – Diagnostics 1 – Serology and Hemo-Culture
Tuesday, 17 October, 10:30-12:00, Pelican

  • 1S1.1 – Re-defining blood culture for resource-limited settings: Developing draft target product profiles for simplified diagnostics
  • 1S1.2 – Prospective evaluation of a rapid diagnostic test for gambiense human African trypanosomiasis developed using recombinant antigens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1S2 – Diagnostics 2 – DNA-Based Assays
Tuesday, 17 October, 13:30 – 15:00, Pelican

  • 1S2.3 – Dry reagent-based loop-mediated isothermal amplification for confirmation of Buruli ulcer using a portable fluorimeter

3OS3 – Raising standards and quality of parasite diagnostics in non-endemic clinical settings using molecular and lateral flow technologies
Tuesday, 17 October, 15:30 – 17:00, Pelican

  • Effective detection of asymptomatic malaria infections across geographically diverse areas using loop-mediated isothermal amplification

3S9 – All about Leishmaniasis
Thursday, 19 October, 10:30 – 12:00, Toucan

  • 3S9.2 – Evaluation of point-of-care tests for cutaneous leishmaniasis diagnosis in Afghanistan


Tuesday, 17 October

Buruli ulcer

  • 1P16 – Development of a point of care diagnostic test for the neglected tropical skin disease Buruli ulcer


  • 1P11 – Performance evaluation of a rapid diagnostic test for simultaneous screening for gambiense human African trypanosomiasis and diagnosis of malaria using archived samples
  • 1P13 – Serological tests for gambiense human African trypanosomiasis detect antibodies in cattle


  • 1P15 – Loop-mediated isothermal amplification of DNA is a rapid and accurate diagnostic for canine leishmaniasis
  • 3P16 – Cost-effectiveness analysis of new diagnostic tools for cutaneous leishmaniasis in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 18 October


  • 4P77 – Improved access to diagnostics for rhodesiense sleeping sickness around a conservation area in Malawi enables early detection of cases and reduced mortality
  • 4P78 – Mobile technology improves management of a gambiense human African trypanosomiasis (gHAT) elimination programme in Uganda


  • 4P86 – Accelerating control of visceral leishmaniasis in Turkana County, Kenya, through improved access to diagnostics

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