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Strategic Support Measures (INCO)

Organisation of an International Conference: ‘Moving targets - Parasites, Resistance and Access to Drugs’ from 4-6 December 2000
Framework programme:
5
Project number:
ICA4-CT-2001-50001
EC contribution:
€ 52 150
Duration:
11 months
Type:
AM
Starting date:
December 2000

Summary:

For more than 40 years, the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp) has been organising an annual conference on the topic of public health importance in developing countries. Its aim is to provide an up-to-date overview of the problem and possible solutions by bringing together leading experts, health professionals and scientists from north and south. This year, the conference is jointly organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), and will focus on issues related to the treatment of major tropical diseases. More specifically, the conference will focus on the ever-increasing problem of drug resistance in malaria and other diseases, the lack of safe and efficacious drugs for forgotten diseases such as trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis, and the limited access to existing or new drugs for many people in the developing world.

Objectives:

The conference has two closely related objectives. One is to review key aspects linked to the rise and spread of drug resistance in four major parasitic diseases, namely malaria, trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis and helmintiasis. The other is to review and discuss the biomedical and socio-economic factors limiting the development of new molecules and the access of populations to efficacious drugs. The desired outcome will be tentative guidelines for policies in current drug use and future drug development and a set of suggestions aimed at tackling/reducing the problem of drug resistance. Priority research areas will be identified.

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