“BRTMA-MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON TROPICAL MEDICINE” (BMICTM)
”Eliminating Infectious Diseases through Research, Innovation and Effective Strategies”
Eradication and elimination of diseases have been subject of discussion and debate in many forums and in the literature. According to CDC elimination of infectious disease is defines as “Reduction to zero of the incidences of infection caused by a specific agent in a defined geographical area as a result of deliberate efforts; continued measures to prevent re-establishment of transmission are required.” (MMRR,1999) With unrelenting onslaught, the common and emerging infectious diseases and the huge economic impact on developing countries the call for eradication and elimination is more urgent than ever.
As the theme suggests it is our hope that this conference can be a platform to deliberate on relevant factors or actions that may bring us closer towards the elimination of some infectious diseases.
The background of this conference
BRTMA-MALAYSIA International Congress on Tropical Medicine (BMICTM) is a joint effort of Belt and Road Tropical Medicine Alliance (BRTMA) and SEGi University. BRTMA is an alliance of 105 institutions form 30 countries. As a founding member of BRTMA SEGi University is privileged and honoured to be given the opportunity to organize and host this conference.
BMICTM would like to invite doctors, academicians, scientists, researchers, veterinarians, nurses, healthcare professionals and others who are interested in tropical medicine and infectious diseases. and students, to participate as presenters to discuss and share their experiences or research work regarding various aspects of major Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine, Parasitology, Public Health, and Epidemiology, Neglected Tropical Diseases and relevant topics such as disaster management. Keeping in mind the theme ” Eliminating Infectious Diseases through Research, Innovation and Effective Strategies” BMICTM hopes to present information issues, major problems in and challenges in tropical medicine and infectious diseases in developing countries. The conference will also provide opportunities for doctors and researchers to present the latest advances in the field advances in the field of Medicine, Diseases, Public Health and healthcare and to exchange scientific ideas and experiences.
Who should attend
The conference will provide opportunity to various, scientists, doctors and researchers from all over the world to come at one place and become helpful in providing latest advances in the field of Medicine, Diseases, Public Health, healthcare and to exchange scientific ideas and experiences in a distinctive environment. This conference should be of interest to the following group of professionals:
Some definitions and facts
Although a wide range of major infectious diseases are found in the tropic, tropical medicine is not confined to infectious disease. Like in the western countries the populations in the tropics also suffer form chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
“Tropical diseases encompass all diseases that occur solely, or principally, in the tropics. In practice, the term is often taken to refer to infectious diseases that thrive in hot, humid conditions, such as malaria, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas disease, African trypanosomiasis, and dengue.”( www.who.int/topics/tropical_diseases/en/ ). According to various reports more than a billion people or one-sixth of the world’s population are suffering from Tropical Diseases. Approximately 1 million death in the tropics can be attributed to tropical diseases caused by microorganism.
Although Tropical Diseases are found largely in tropical areas many factors such as ease of travel can put the rest of the world to the risk of epidemics.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of bacterial, parasitic, viral, and fungal infections. According to WHO more than 1 billion people, primarily poor populations living in tropical and subtropical climates are affected by the neglected tropical diseases. Poverty is one of the factors associated with NTDs. Improvised populations in the developing world face the higher risk of developing NTS. The 2020 roadmap of WHO, focuses on 20 NTDs. These diseases include Buruliulcer, Chagas disease, cysticercosis/taeniasis, dengue fever, dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease),echinococcosis, food-borne trematodiasis, human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) (sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis (river blindness), rabies, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis (ascariasis, hookworm, trichuriasis), trachoma, and yaws.