Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp

Antwerpen, Belgium

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The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) is one of the world's leading institutes for training, research and services delivery in tropical medicine and health care in developing countries. It is strongly committed to academic excellence and genuine partnership for the promotion of "Health Care for All".

The Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) is one of the world's leading institutes for training, research and assistance in tropical medicine and health care in developing countries.

It started its activities in Brussels in 1906, and has been based in its distinctive buildings in Antwerp since 1931. Since then it has carried the name of Prince Leopold, the later King Leopold III. Today, it works with its partners all over the world towards a common goal of "Health Care for All". It houses five scientific departments, a travel clinic, a specialised library and various support services, and employs some 340 staff.

The ITM is an inter-university but autonomous post-graduate institute for specialised training, research and services provision. It is supervised by a Board of Governors on which all concerned universities and authorities are represented. The ITM draws its academic recognition and core funding from the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community in Belgium.

On behalf of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGDC), it carries out a wide-ranging international programme of capacity strengthening in the South. For the Belgian Ministries of Public Health and Social Affairs it has the role of national reference centre for tropical diseases and as regional reference centre for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Internationally, the ITM participates in activities and collaborations all over the world.

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Library

The Library of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp mainly specialises in literature on the following subjects:

* Tropical medicine and public health
* Epidemiology
* Infectious diseases
* Microbiology (bacteriology, virology, mycology)
* Parasitology (protozoology, helminthology)
* Medical entomology
* Tropical nutrition
* Tropical veterinary sciences

Its main collection consists of 20,000 books and has online access to more than 5,000 scientific journals. Its collection of classic paper magazines, some going back to the nineteenth century, counts some 1,500 different titles.

The Library contents are of particular interest to biomedical scientists, physicians, veterinarians, biologists and nursing staff specializing in tropical biomedical sciences. About 80% of the material is in English, 10% is in French and less than 5% in Dutch. Unlike public libraries, the ITM Library does not carry popular science literature for the general public.

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