Register for Towards Zero New Infections, a free global health symposium on infectious diseases

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), Health[e]Foundation and the Amsterdam UMC are pleased to host a global health symposium focused on eliminating tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria transmission. Registration is free and now open.

These major infectious diseases continue to be significant causes of ill health, despite global efforts to increase access to diagnosis, prevention and treatment for affected communities. In fact, hundreds of millions of new infections are reported each year for these three diseases alone. Since the start of the epidemic, more than 35 million people around have died from HIV. TB continues to be the world’s deadliest infectious disease and malaria was responsible for 435,000 deaths in 2017.

While there have been significant gains towards realizing the ultimate goal of zero new infections, more work needs to be done. There is a substantial global push to eliminate these diseases as public health problems, prompted by the increased availability of diagnostics and effective curative and preventive treatment.

There are various challenges to this endeavor, including acceptability of prevention and treatment, economic constraints for patients and health systems, and issues with adherence to therapy, to poor roll out, and performance of diagnostic tests.

Symposium presenters will provide key insights into new research and development as well as innovative prevention and care approaches both in Amsterdam and globally to realizing no new infections. Register today!


Towards Zero New Infections

A global health symposium on eliminating TB, malaria and HIV transmission


Wednesday, March 20

15:30 to 17:30


Lecture Hall 4, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC


Opening by prof. Hans Romijn, Chairman Board of Directors and Dean, Amsterdam UMC

15:00 – 15:30: Registration
15:30 – 16:00: Pedro Alonso, Director of Global Malaria Program, WHO, presenting on A world free from malaria
16:00 – 16:30: Mario Raviglione, Professor of Global Health, University of Milan and previous Director of Global TB Program, WHO, presenting Ending TB: dream or reality?
16:30 – 16:45: Godelieve de Bree, Internist (Amsterdam UMC) and Scientific Coordinator, H-TEAM project, presenting HIV Transmission Elimination Amsterdam – a city oriented approach to end the HIV epidemic
16:45 – 17:00: Robert Pool, Professor of Anthropology, UvA, presenting The role of community engagement in malaria elimination: the case of Haiti
17:00 – 17:30: Panel Discussion led by prof. Michèle van Vugt, Professor of Internal Medicine, in particular community-centered control of tropical infections, Amsterdam UMC

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