Within our multi-year (2017-2021) framework agreement with the Belgian Directorate-General for Development (DGD), ITM is responsible for a comprehensive capacity building programme that includes medical, veterinary and scientific training, and research and capacity building. Our partner organisations range from universities and public health institutes to hospitals and disease control programmes. Last year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of our partnerships in five countries: DRC, Vietnam, Benin, Cuba and Peru. Read more about these fruitful collaborations on in the ‘20 years of partnership‘ section.
2019 also saw the establishment of a Development Office within ITM, with the objectives to strengthen the coherence of the programme with the research and education policy; to support ITM researchers and faculty engaged in international cooperation, science and development; to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems for international cooperation and development activities; to consider transversal development themes (gender, integrity, innovation & digitalisation…) in international cooperation activities; and to pro-actively engage development actors and policy makers beyond health.