ECTMIH 2023 - near-final programme


Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

Track 1

Migrant health. To screen or not to screen: this is the question

Società Italiana di Medicina Tropicale e Salute Globale (SIMET); Swedish Society for Tropical Medicine (SSTM); Société Francophone de Médecine Tropicale et Santé Internationale (SFMTSI); ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Travellers and Migrants (ESGITM)

Co-chairs: Dr Katja Wyss, Karolinska University Hospital; Swedish Society of Tropical Medicine; Dr Guido Calleri, Amedeo di Savoia Hospital, Italy. President SIMET

Speakers: Dr Ana Requena Mendez, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain; Dr Andreas Wångdahl, Karolinska Institutet and Department of Infectious Diseases, Sweden; Dr Eric Caumes, Hôpital de l’Hotel-Dieu, Sorbonne Université, France; Dr Michele Spinicci, Department of Experimental & Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, and Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit, Careggi University Hospital,  Italy; Dr Susanna Capone, University Division of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Brescia ASST Spedali Civili Hospital, Italy

The aim of this session is to overview the emerging challenges that increasing migration flows from different epidemiological environments are posing to health systems in non-endemic countries. 

The objective are to:

  • draw attention to emerging infectious diseases in migrant populations and the role of early detection by screening procedures 
  • highlight the challenges and the unmet needs of the screening procedures for migrant populations in non-endemic countries
  • raise awareness about the burden of neglected latent infections in some fragile migrant populations


Tivoli Vredenburg Hertz

Track 2

Exploring the One Health and planetary health dimensions of helminth diseases

International Federation for Tropical Medicine; World Federation for Parasitologists

Co-chairs: Professor Malcolm Jones, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland Australia and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute; Dr Momar Ndao, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Speakers: Dr Pikka Jokelainen, Serum Statens Institute, Denmark; Dr Joanne Webster, London Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases Research, UK, Dr Carolina Verissimo, University of Galway, Eire; Dr Maarten VanHove, Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium; Dr Momar Ndao, McGill University, Canada

This session will focus on One Health aspects of parasitic diseases predominantly and look to the diseases form a One Health perspectives, while focusing on integrated responses to the diseases.


Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora

Track 5

Oral Abstract Presentations: Vulnerable populations and gender-based violence (2)

“One-stop centres” for gender-based violence victims: a multisectoral anchoring dilemma - a study of six African GBV programmes (Francois Sarramagnan et al.)

Decentralization of gender-based violence case management services and capacity building in Rwanda: an alternative to improve survivors’ accessibility and care? (Bénédicte Briot et al.)

Utilization of sexual and gender-based violence response services by women and girls affected by conflict in north-east Nigeria: barriers, opportunities, and strategies (Esther Osime et al.)

Findings from a community mobilization intervention on intimate partner violence in rural south-west Nigeria (Olusegun Awolaran)

Prevention and management of gender-based violence in north-east Nigeria from a human rights perspective: a policy brief (Esther Osime)

Men’s childhood experiences and intimate partner violence perpetration: a cross-sectional study of young men in Mwanza, Tanzania (Rebecca Eulalia Alba Brambilla et al.)


Tivoli Vredenburg Cloud Nine

Track 6

Refugee children: do we care?

EKANN Expertisecentrum Kinderen, the Netherlands, Adolescenten Nieuw in Nederland; Adolescenten Nieuw in Nederland; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, Germany; Institute of Mother and Child Foundation, Poland; Medical University of Warsaw, Poland; National Institute of Public Health NIH-NRI, Poland

Co-chairs: Dr Niloufar Ashtiani, CoMaster, Radiqs, Hozan Sangana Studios, the Netherlands; Dr Robert Scherpbier, UNICEF

Speakers: Dr Albertine Baauw, Opleidingsinstituut Internationale Gezondheidszorg en Tropengeneeskunde (OIGT), the Netherlands; Dr Sara Sahba, Pediatrics, EKANN, the Netherlands; Dr Ulrich von Both, Consultant Paediatrician (Infectious Diseases) & Clinician Scientist at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, Germany; Dr Dorota Kleszczweska, Institute of Mother and Child Foundation, Poland; Dr Anna Dzielska, Institute of Mother and Child Foundation, Poland; Dr Katarzyna Lewtak, Institute of Mother and Child Foundation, Poland

The aims of this session are:

  • Advocacy for health equity for refugee children in European countries
  • Update on medical and psychosocial screening for refugee children 
  • Update on tools to improve the health for refugee children


Tivoli Vredenburg Club Nine

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Schistosomiasis (1)

Test-Treat-Track-Test-Treat approach for breaking schistosomiasis transmission in Zanzibar (Lydia Trippler et al.)

Prevalence of female genital schistosomiasis and acceptability and performance of operator-collected and self-collected cervical-vaginal swabs followed by PCR among women in north-western Tanzania: the ShWAB study (Tamara Ursini et al.)

Field validation of an artificial intelligence-based digital microscope (Schistoscope) for automated diagnosis of Schistosoma haematobium infection in urine (Brice Meulah et al.)

Targeted mass drug administration for schistosomiasis in north-western Tanzania: exploring the use of geostatistical modeling to inform planning at sub-district level (Jake Mathewson et al.)

Paving the way for the introduction of paediatric praziquantel in schistosomiasis endemic countries: a cross-sectional study from Madagascar (Valentina Marchese et al.)

Sanitation infrastructure and behaviour in a high transmission setting for Schistosoma mansoni: results from a survey and focused group discussions on Ijinga island, Lake Victoria, Tanzania (Merle Dierks et al.)


Tivoli Vredenburg The Pit

Track 1

Advocacy successes: learning from youth climate movements working towards (intergenerational) climate justice

International Federation of Medical Students Associations - Netherlands (IFMSA-NL)

Co-chairs: Anouk Nusselder, Juliette Mattijsen for IFMSA-NL

Speakers: to be confirmed; medical students or young doctors that have contributed to the global, climate and health movement on a national and global scale.

This session will delve into the profound impact of the climate crisis on current and future generations and the vital role that today's youth play in advocating for a just and sustainable future. 

All over the world, youth speak up and mobilize for more ambitious and just climate action. From school strikes and grassroot activism to diplomacy at high level international meetings: youth are speaking up for their future. 

In this session, we will discuss the concept of intergenerational justice and the moral problems of intergenerational risk imposition. We will hear from various climate advocates from all over the world, learn how intergenerational justice is understood in different regions, and learn from the success of local, national and international movements of young climate activists. 

Through this session, we aim to help you strengthen (youth) climate movements as well as involve youth into all stages of decision-making to better cultivate, identify and utilise creative solutions for climate action and environmental policy.


Social Impact Factory Event Space

Wild card

Impact of war and armed conflict on health care delivery and ensuring the right to health

Médecins Sans Frontières; KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands; Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health

How to deliver healthcare where and as needed in violent conflicts today? 

This session will discuss the health impact of conflict, (breaches of) humanitarian law and difficulties for or dilemmas in getting access to populations in need of humanitarian relief. These questions will be approached through considerations from law, political sciences, international development agencies and humanitarian response organizations.


Social Impact Factory Room 1 Sydney

Track 1

Oral Abstract Presentations: Health systems (2)

Determinants of treatment-seeking behaviour and healthcare provider choice in Afghanistan: understanding barriers to access from a client and provider perspective (Margo van Gurp et al.)

The increasing reliance on fully trained, unsalaried health workers in Sierra Leone: a case study from Port Loko District (Pieternella Pieterse et al.)

The Dutch post-graduate training in global health and tropical medicine: international stakeholders’ perspectives (Jamilah Sherally et al.)

Quality of healthcare services delivered by pharmacies: plurality of providers, an opportunity to collaborate in Pokhara Metropolitan City of Nepal (Grishu Shrestha et al.)

Do deferred payment programmes increase access to health services in Cameroon? A trauma registry analysis (Fanny Nadia Dissak Delon et al.)

Estimating the economic value of surgical activities and costs inflicted by unmet surgical needs in Liberia (Håvard Askim Adde et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 2 Singapore

Track 1

Climate and health in focus: implementing the Dutch Global Health Strategy

Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport;  Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dutch Global Health Alliance

Chair: Carmen Fenollosa, StickyDot

Speakers: to be confirmed

It has been one year since the Dutch Global Health Strategy 2022-2030 was launched. This strategy outlines three roles the Netherlands should play in the global health arena: (1) as a connector promoting multisectoral cooperation, (2) as an innovator sharing knowledge and expertise, and (3) as an advocate championing multilateralism and human rights.

In this session, we will delve into one of the strategy's focus areas: “the impact of climate change on public health and vice versa”. The goal of this session is to understand how these roles are put into action and to learn what this means 'on the ground' .
The first part of the session will focus on the importance of developing strategies and policies that address the intersection of climate and health. The Dutch Ministry of Health will share its approach on this intersection. In addition, we will engage with representatives from other EU countries to learn how they incorporate climate considerations into international health policies. Finally, we will hear from civil society about what further needs to be done at policy-level to connect health and climate.

The second part of the session will explore how the strategy translates into tangible actions. We will connect with key stakeholders who are working in the global south to strengthen health systems and make them more resilient to climate change, seeking insights from experts in the field. We will answer the question of what does a resilient health system actually look like?


Social Impact Factory Room 3 Seoul

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: HIV

Virological impact of HIV drug resistance testing in children, adolescents and adults failing first-line ART in Tanzania (Shimba Henerico et al.)

Long-term retention and predictors of attrition for key populations receiving antiretroviral treatment through community-based ART in Benue State Nigeria: a retrospective cohort study (Olujuwon Ibiloye et al.)

Changes in access to viral load testing, incidence rates of viral load suppression and rebound following the introduction of the ‘Universal Test and Treat’ guidelines in Cameroon: a retrospective follow-up analysis (Cavin Epie Bekolo et al.)

The impact of HIV on the prevalence and characterization of peripheral arterial disease in Kigali, Rwanda: a pilot study (Kyle Denison Martin et al.)

Initial programme theory for community-based ART delivery for key populations in Benue State, Nigeria: a realist evaluation study (Olujuwon Ibiloye et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 4 Dublin

Track 5

Oral Abstract Presentations: Sexual and reproductive health

Ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights in indigenous Santal community in Gaibandha district, Bangladesh through empowering Santal women to study midwifery (Md. Shamsuzzaman et al.)

"Nothing about me without me": modalities and conditions for youth participation in sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy in Ethiopia, Mali and Mozambique (Charlotte van Tuijl et al.)

The effects of theatre for change and participatory drama-based programmes on sexual and reproductive health and rights: a qualitative meta-analysis using the 4R-framework (Ophelia Chatterjee et al.)

Man-to-man discussion to improve contraceptive use: the experience of the Model Men's Club in Benin (Arnaud Kinnenon et al.)

Barriers to quality of care in contraceptives among young people in the primary healthcare level, A case of Mukuru and Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya (Stephen Ougo)

Reproductive autonomy among heterosexual and LGBT couples in the Netherlands: a reproductive justice perspective (Billie de Haas)


Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

Track 1

Border violence, detention and pushbacks in Europe: a determinant of health?

Lancet Migration European Regional Hub; University of Heidelberg, Germany

Chair: Professor Bernadette Kumar, Norwegian Public Health Institute

Speakers: Reem Mussa, Médecins Sans Frontières, Belgium; Dr Mariano Gutiérrez Dandridge, healthcare in detention doctor; Zahia Wasko, University of Heidelberg, Germany

The phenomenon of pushbacks has been increasingly documented by NGOs, human rights institutions, media, and health practitioners across European borders, presenting a dire threat to the health, well-being and right to life of migrants. Pushbacks refer to measures taken by States directly or indirectly that force people individually or collectively back over a border without consideration of their individual circumstances, any possibility to apply for asylum, and any access to assistance including emergency medical care. 

Many international and European institutions have already stated that pushbacks are a denial of a state’s obligation to protect the human rights of people seeking international protection at national borders. Pushbacks have contributed to undue injuries, trauma, mental health, and loss of life among people on the move, especially when conducted violently. Often time the physical abuse, harassment and denial of assistance and medical care, as well as legal assistance may amount to torture or ill-treatment and have long-term consequences on people’s physical and mental health. Pushbacks contribute to the perpetuation of dire living conditions and dangerous journeys, which have been documented as including shipwrecks, extreme temperatures, overcrowding in informal camps, access to basic needs and services (such as shelter, food, water, hygiene, and medication) as well as exposure to abuse, exploitation, and sexual and gender-based violence, in a context where access to appropriate healthcare is often impossible for a long period of times. Additionally, the deprivation of access to medical assistance, protection, water, food, and necessities at borders is a threat to people’s health and life. Delays in searching for and rescuing migrants in distress on land and at sea, as well as in designating safe ports for disembarkation also ultimately undermine their right to life. To date, healthcare provision at borders and detention facilities is limited, and often NGOs are relied upon by governments to provide basic screening and care. Further, research on health outcomes remains poorly documented as access to these settings and associated data is also limited.

The purpose of this panel discussion will be to explore the explore border securitization practices in Europe and the subsequent violence and oppression used against migrants and how these practices impact health and well-being, and to understand what role health providers, policymakers and academics can play in reducing these practices and their impact on health. 

The audience will first hear findings from a systematic review on border violence and pushbacks in the European Union and their effect on health, which is due to be published in The Lancet Regional Health - Europe toward the end of 2023.  This review is an ongoing effort by the Lancet Migration European Regional Hub working group on Border Detention and Security. Two humanitarian experts will then respond with their professional experiences in mitigating the health impacts of border security and detention. There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to respond to the panellists and generate a constructive dialogue on regional priorities facing migrant health researchers and practitioners in this context of increasing violence and political ping-pong.


Tivoli Vredenburg Hertz

Track 2

Prevention and morbidity management of Female Genital Schistosomiasis: how to optimise strategies to meet the neglected tropical diseases roadmap goals for schistosomiasis

Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany; Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Switzerland; London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine, UK

Chair: Daniela Fusco, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany

Speakers: Sabine Specht, DNDi,  Switzerland; Professor Amaya Bustinduy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; Professor Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; Amadou Garba, WHO, Switzerland; Dr Sarah Nogaro, FIND, Switzerland; Penelope Vounatsou, Swiss TPH, Switzerland

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease of poverty with highest burden associated to chronic manifestations of the infection. S. mansoni and S. hematobium are the two most common species of the parasite leading to liver fibrosis and female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) respectively as chronic consequences of prolonged or repeated infections. 

FGS can occur when S. haematobium eggs recruit host immune cells to form granulomas which can become trapped in genital tissues and lead to fibrosis, presenting with characteristic lesions (sandy patches) on the cervix or vaginal wall. The disease is mostly diagnosed via visual investigation of the cervix through colposcopy, a clinical diagnostic process which requires dedicated equipment and trained personnel. Additionally, due to the natural history of FGS, with an extensive asymptomatic phase and the manifestation of general gynaecological symptoms associated to the diseases, awareness among both general population and health care workers is quite low. All this complicates the assessment of the burden of FGS which, worldwide, remains scarcely known. 

To date, praziquantel (PZQ), a repurposed drug with variable effectiveness, is the only drug available to treat schistosomiasis. PZQ is mostly used for mass drug administration campaigns promoted in endemic areas with the aim of eliminating the disease as a public health problem. Under the current treatment regimen, a single dose of PZQ is insufficient to resolve these lesions. Additionally, as the sole treatment available, the potential for Schistosoma to develop resistance towards PZQ is a concern. 

New treatments and strategies for morbidity management are urgently needed so as strategies to target the most burdened populations in order to meet the goals set by the NTDs 2030 roadmap.  

This debate has the scope of putting together the expert opinions of scientists, implementers and stakeholders in the field of FGS to identify ways forward to eliminate schistosomiasis as a public health problem.


Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora

Track 1 and Track 3

Oral Abstract Presentations: Climate change impacts

Climate change, seasonality and household water security in rural Gambia: a qualitative exploration of the complex relationship between weather, water and health (Indira Bose et al.)

Impact of the heatwaves in the Italian elderly population: not just a hot issue (Chiara Cadeddu et al.)

Threshold determination and temperature trends analysis of Indian cities for effective implementation of an early warning system (Mahaveer Golechha et al.)

Pollution and disease stigma still significant barriers to achieving asthma control (Achiri Ndikum et al.)


Tivoli Vredenburg Cloud Nine

Track 5

How do we best research and improve maternal and newborn health care in large cities? Case studies from sub-Saharan Africa

Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium

Chair: Dr Lenka Benova, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium

Speakers: Dr Opeyemi Babajide, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health, USA; Catherine Birabwa,  Makerere University, Uganda; Aline Semaan, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium; Dr Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

The purpose of this panel is to engage how we understand and improve maternal and newborn health in urban areas. The four contributions draw on research in three large sub-Saharan African cities (Lagos, Dar es Salaam and Kampala), cover the continuum of care from antenatal, intrapartum to postnatal care, and methodologically span conceptual issues, primary data collection & analysis, and reflections on conducting research in cities.

Research on health facility access has been focussed on rural areas due to the role of delays caused by distance, lack of roads and transport, and lower density of health facilities. However, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050; 90% of these additional 2.5 billion urban residents will concentrate in Africa and Asia, which include countries with high levels of maternal and perinatal mortality. Studies have begun to question the existence of an “urban advantage”; a recent study from Tanzania documented that newborn mortality was double in urban areas compared to rural. Urban health systems do not comprehensively meet the needs of women and newborns. 

Specific challenges include: 

  • clustering of urban poverty and marginalisation of migrants; 
  • a broad array of private providers contributing to overmedicalisation and high out-of-pocket expenditure; 
  • suboptimal quality of care in health facilities including due to crowding; 
  • relatively short travel distances to health facilities obfuscating long travel times (e.g. traffic, insecurity);
  • lack of trust in facilities; 
  • ineffective referral systems; 
  • incomplete or poor quality routine data to inform decision-makers;


Tivoli Vredenburg Club Nine

Track 1

Technology and systems approaches for global health

Delft University of Technology, in partnership with Delft Global

Co-chairs: Dr Saba Hinrichs-Krapels, Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; Lys-Anne Sirks, Delft Global, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Speakers: Professor Jenny Dankelman, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; Professor Jan Carel Diehl, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; Karlheinz Samenjo, PhD candidate, and Partner Chloe Innovations; Temitope Agbana, CEO AiDx Medical

Our objective in this session is to address the challenge of how technology, and its surrounding systems, can enable health systems strengthening in low-resource settings. We welcome scholars, innovators and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to debate this topic together, and showcase examples of good practice. 

Achieving the sustained functioning of technologies within different health systems globally requires a critical look at the surrounding infrastructures, adopting a holistic systems-approach to the introduction of technologies, and understanding the socio-technical nature of any health system. 

Our remit includes, but is not limited to, improving capacity planning for hospitals, health technology management, enabling the sustainable adoption of appropriate medical devices and equipment, ensuring technologies are designed to be fit for purpose in a low-resource contexts, providing training and support for the global biomedical engineering community, and critically examining the necessary data and information technology systems required for providing care. 

We welcome innovators, as well as scholars in disciplines such as clinical and biomedical engineering, operations research, design, and information technology, alongside public health, health services research, and health policy. This is a cross-cutting topic focussing on general health systems strengthening. Although we have a larger network of engineers, equipment innovators, and computer scientists working in many low- and middl- income countries,  we observe that these communities are not connected to the global health research community, and see this session as an opportunity to build bridges between these communities.


Tivoli Vredenburg The Pit

Track 4

Oral Abstract Presentations: Adolescent and child mental health

SeeTheChild – mental child health in Uganda: an evaluation of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire as a mental health screening tool among Uganda children (Marine Caillaud)

Two programmes, similar core elements: what works in mental health and psychosocial support for children. design and action research of the BoB-programme in South Sudan and Nour digital application in Lebanon (Remy Vink et al.)

SeeTheChild – mental child health in Uganda: assessment of the mental health burden of children in Mbale district, Uganda (Marine Caillaud)

Implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to unaccompanied minors in Greece: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial and evaluation of the TF-CBT training to mental health professionals (Theodora Anastasiou et al.)

Adolescent pregnancy induced stressors and psychological distress among pregnant and parenting girls in an urban informal settlement in Kenya (Anthony Ajayi et al.)

Prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of mental health problems among adolescent students in eastern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study design (Gari Hunduma et al.)


Social Impact Factory Event Space

Track 1

Health, food, water and sustainability at the rural-urban interface in the global south

Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands. Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Co-chairs: Professor Huub Rijnaarts, Wageningen University & Research centre, the Netherlands; Professor Edith Feskens; Wageningen University & Research centre, the Netherlands; Professor Marcel Zwietering; Wageningen University & Research centre, the Netherlands; Professor Ajay Bailey, International Development Studies, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Speakers: Professor Ajay Bailey, International Development Studies, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, the Netherlands; Professor Edith Feskens, Wageningen University & Research centre, the Netherlands; Professor Marcel Zwietering, Wageningen University & Research centre, the Netherlands; Dr Katarzyna Kujawa-Roeleveld, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

The purpose of this session is to review the state of knowledge about rural-urban health and the current priorities for education, research and action.


Social Impact Factory Room 1 Sydney

Track 1

Financial justice for health equity

Wemos, Society for International Development, Public Services International

Chair: Mariska Meurs, Wemos, the Netherlands

Speakers: Mariska Meurs, Wemos, the Netherlands; Nicoletta Dentico, Society for International Development, Switzerland; Baba Aye, Public Services International, Switzerland

The purpose of the session is to raise awareness among health professionals, activists and policy makers on possible ways to mobilize resources for health, anchored in a more equitable global financial architecture, to promote equity and health for all. 

The speakers will share perspectives on equitable and sustainable finance for health, borrowing their analysis from the Geneva Global Health Hub report published in November 2023: Financial Justice for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response. The funding gap for global health is large, but cannot be resolved by attracting private profit-oriented investors. Pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, overall health equity and universal health coverage require public resources. 

Reforms are needed in the economic and monetary policy domain to raise more public resources, and good examples of such policies exist. In this session you will learn about such examples and a vision to redirect the global financial architecture for the public good.


Social Impact Factory Room 2 Singapore

Track 1

Sustainable healthcare from an international perspective

UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands

Chair: Jopke Janmaat, UMC Utrecht

Speakers: Dr Renzo Guinto, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, William H. Quasha Memorial, Philippines; Dr Celina Kroon, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands; Dr Rudolf Abugnaba-Abanga, University for Development Studies, Ghana 

What is required for emission-free and circular healthcare delivery? 

Renzo Guinto, Celina Kroon and Rudolf Abugnaba-Abanga will give a realistic insight in their experiences and challenges in practice. What can we learn from climate-resilience and circular healthcare thinking from a Western European, Southeast Asian or North African country? We invite you to embrace the discomfort and to look at the sustainable healthcare issues from a new angle. Can you enlarge your personal green handprint by learning from a different perspective? We challenge you to incorporate lessons learned in your day-to-day work environment.


Social Impact Factory Room 3 Seoul

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Leishmaniasis

Spreading endemicity of visceral leishmaniasis in Nepal: a threat to ongoing elimination initiative (Surendra Uranw et al.)

Are impact increases when more than one intervention is clubbed for Phlebotomus argentipes (Diptera: Psychodidae) sand fly control in Bangladesh: a cluster-randomized control trial (Rajib Chowdhury et al.)

In vitro antiproliferative synergism of phenolic compounds and Glucantime® against Leishmania donovani (Christine Moore et al.)

Evaluation of less invasive sampling tools for the diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis (Saskia van Henten et al.)

Haemoglobin dynamics following treatment of visceral leishmaniasis: an individual patient data meta-analysis using the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory data platform (Prabin Dahal et al.)

Host, parasite and drug determinants of treatment outcomes in visceral leishmaniasis: an individual patient data meta-analysis using the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory data platform (Prabin Dahal et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 4 Dublin

Track 3 and Track 6

Oral Abstract Presentations: Cancer

Oral cancer screening with visual inspection: a way forward to prevent and control the burden of oral cancer in Nepal (Gambhir Shrestha et al.)

A caregivers’ perspective on social reintegration and stigma of childhood cancer survivors in Kenya (Jesse Lemmen et al.)

Disparities in cervical cancer screening programmes in Cameroon: a scoping review of facilitators and barriers to implementation and uptake of screening (Emma Woks Kefiye et al.)

Time to treatment among breast cancer patients at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a retrospective follow-up study (Tesfaneh Ayele)

Treatment outcomes of paediatric acute myeloid leukemia in Western Kenya before and after the implementation of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) treatment guidelines (Noa Wijnen et al.)

Access to childhood cancer medicines in South Africa: a health system analysis of barriers and enablers (Iris Joosse et al.)

Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

WHO Health 4 All Film Festival

World Health Organisation; Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Geneeskunde; Kenniscentrum Global Health; UMC Utrecht 

Speaker: Lydia Lazerri, World Health Organization    

Schizophrenia in me by Iván Camilo Villamil

Sebastián and his family have found the good side of schizophrenia despite the stigma and prejudices of society. This is a micro-documentary that shows how schizophrenia can be a beautiful part of life, an excuse for family unity and finding oneself.

Mirrors by Paul Jerndal

Mirrors shows Anis don Demina, Cecilia von Der Esch and Danny Saucedo as they meet their mirror images and their worst self-critical thoughts. Mirrors aim to draw attention to mental health and the importance of daring to share feelings and thoughts.                         

Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora

From Beriberi to obesity, the changing challenges in nutrition: 100 years of the Eijkman Medal Foundation

Stichting Het Eijkman Medaillefonds      

Chair: Professor Teun Bousema, , Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Speakers: Dr Bryan Gonzales,Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium; Dr Marinka van der Hoeven, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands  

The Eijkman Medal Foundation was established on 01 October 1923 and has awarded 55 medals since then. In 1929 Professor Eijkman received the Nobel Price for his pioneering work on Beriberi, a disease caused by thiamine deficiency, and demonstrated the importance of vitamins for health. 

Today, we want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation and the role of the Netherlands in Global Health research, with a short symposium addressing how the world has changed since Eijkman, shifting from malnutrition and a focus on infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries, to the need to consider a broader spectrum of diseases and the emerging challenge of overnutrition.  


Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

Track 1

Decolonising global health; beyond the rhetoric, facing the practice

Federation of European Tropical Medicine and International Health, the Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health, Knowledge Centre Global Health, Be-cause Health

Chair: Godelieve van Heteren, Physician and historian, Senior international consultant health & social systems transformations, PBF, policy and governance, Director Europe Arena 

Speakers: Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General Ghana Health Service; Charles Ddungu, Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

In an interactive session we will use two deep-dive cases of the struggle to move beyond the rhetoric of decolonising global health (DGH).

A. We will take a closer look at local ownership of health system agendas around the world, using the case of sustainable financing and delivery of care policy transformation in Ghana as one telling illustration of the multiple issues to be addressed in processes of DGH. 

B. We will explore the critical and reflective journey on what decolonisation means in the context of old academic institutions, such as the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium or others, asking how radical the current change agendas are in practice and what addressing colonial legacies really entails in such knowledge centres.   


Tivoli Vredenburg Hertz 

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Malaria (4)

A retrospective analysis of cumulative malaria incidence in health zones applying indoor residual spraying with and without seasonal malaria chemoprevention in northern Benin from January to December 2019 (Rock Aikpon et al.)

Artesunate Pyronaridine is a safe and efficacious treatment for Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax in Ethiopia with a strong transmission-reducing role in Plasmodium vivax (Migbaru K. Bezabih et al.)

Vertical and horizontal transmission of a Plasmodium-inhibiting symbiont Microsporidia MB in Anopheles arabiensis: effect on life history traits (Syeda Tullu Bukhari et al.)

Systematic review and geospatial modelling of molecular markers of resistance to artemisinins and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine in Plasmodium falciparum in India (Minu Nain et al.)

Seasonal dynamics of composition and density of co-endemic P. falciparum and P. vivax in elimination setting, south Ethiopia: implication for elimination (Eshetu Molla et al.)


Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora

Track 2

The road towards optimizing the medical treatment for mycetoma

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

Co-chairs: Dr Sahar Bakhiet, Mycetoma Research Center, Sudan; Dr Fabiana Alves, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Switzerland

Speakers: Professor Ahmed H. Fahal, Mycetoma Research Center, Khartoum, Sudan; Dr Wendy W. J. van de Sande, Erasmus MC, the Netherlands; Profesor Eduard E. Zijlstra, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Switzerland; Dr Borna Nyaoke, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Kenya

Mycetoma is one of the most neglected diseases in the world, not well understood or widely studied despite being first identified more than 300 years ago. This chronic slow-growing infection slowly and progressively destroys subcutaneous tissues. It affects skin, muscle and bone, causing swollen, disfigured body parts and severe disability. At its worst, mycetoma can be fatal.

The global burden of mycetoma is unknown; it is not a notifiable disease and all too often tools are lacking to make a final diagnosis and to keep records of the number of patients.

There is a >90% cure rate for bacterial mycetoma using a combination of antibiotics while the anti-fungal drugs used to treat mycetoma are only 25-35% effective as per case reports, administered daily for 12 months, and often require surgical excision.

There is a need for an effective, safe, affordable, and shorter-term treatment for fungal mycetoma in endemic areas, in all age groups and along the spectrum of mycetoma lesions, and all causative fungi.

The aim of this session is to:

  • present the final clinical trial results of the world’s first randomized, double blind, phase II clinical trial of eumycetoma in Sudan
  • discuss what is in the pipeline for mycetoma
  • present the DNDi Strategic Plan for the Mycetoma programme


Tivoli Vredenburg Cloud Nine

Track 5

How sexual and reproductive health and rights integration in medical curricula (should) support equitable and rights-based health around the globe

KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands in collaboration with partners: the FIGO/WATOG/IFMSA network; Association of private health schools Mali; The Netherlands General Practitioner Advisory Group on Sexual Health (sexHAG)

Chair: Dr Irene de Vries, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands

Speakers: Rafal Zadykowicz, European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and World Association of Trainees in Obstetrics & Gynecology; Anke van der Kwaak, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands; Dr Ba Sidi Yaya, president of the Association of private health schools of Mali; Dr Prisca Zwanikken, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands; Anne Vervoort, SexHAG, the Netherlands

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are globally under threat. Even in settings where SRHR policy and regulations are liberalized, people face barriers to access quality, non-biased and rights-based care. Given concerns in many countries of declining numbers of health care professionals able and willing to provide SRHR care, including around sensitive issues such as abortion care, SRHR for young people and for LGBTQI+ amongst others, the need to ensure early-career training is urgent and essential. Also in less sensitive reproductive health issues the voice and rights of individuals are often challenged by cultural or political arguments of others. 

Failure to ensure that the next generation of professionals have appropriate levels of SRHR skills and knowledge of the SRHR discourse, will be a failure to commit to meeting the basic health care needs and rights of people.


Tivoli Vredenburg Club Nine

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Schistosomiasis (2)

High sensitivity but low specificity of female genital schistosomiasis symptoms and risk factors diagnostic tool on genital lesions suggestive of female genital schistosomiasis in adolescent girls and women in Maswa District, Tanzania (Gladys Mbwanji et al.)

Opportunities and challenges in facilitating decision making for targeted mass drug administration through geostatistical models, a qualitative investigation in Tanzania (Jake Mathewson et al.)

Ultrasound assessment of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis: an experience in a highly endemic area of Madagascar (Valentina Marchese et al.)

Schistosoma mansoni related intestinal morbidities among adults co-infected with HIV-1 and / or Hepatitis B, C viruses in north-western Tanzania (Andreas Mueller et al.)

The Schistoscope, an AI-based microscope for the rapid detection of Schistosoma haematobium eggs in resource-limited settings (Prosper Oyibo et al.)

Revisiting regulating mechanisms for modelling schistosomiasis transmission (Veronica Malizia et al.)


Tivoli Vredenburg The Pit

Track 1

Women creating a flourishing future in planetary health

Royal Roads University, Canada, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands

Chair: Professor Wanda Krause, Royal Roads University, Canada

Speakers: Professor Wanda Krause, Royal Roads University, Canada; Erin Dixon, Reconciliation Canada; Dr Camilla Alay Llamas, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands

In line with supporting ‘human civilisations and the national systems on which they depend’, this session offers three perspectives through panel presentations of research related to planetary health concerns. The purpose of this panel of presentations is to bring to awareness that in these VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) times, we require a vision for planetary health that sees generations into the future and is predicated on holistic and inclusive approaches. On the theme of planetary health and health systems, we seek to hold up and support the recent developments related to planetary health awareness-raising and solutions. We, however, endeavor to offer a broader and more inclusive understanding than often permitted through an overview of communities that have been marginalized and racialized. We argue that it is imperative to see through the lens of intersectionality to be able to generate a much more nuanced view of the differential impacts of epidemics and climate change, among the various wicked issues of our times. 

Intersectionality is then the segue to identifying and endeavoring to include the multiple ways in which civilization can be enhanced and nurtured. In particular, we offer multiple lenses from research on the ways in which women, from a land-based perspective, in geographical areas, such as the Middle East, Latin America, and North America, contribute to the expansion of civilization. We see the uplifting and nurturing of civilization as core and key to planetary health. For this objective of inclusion of wisdom traditions and forms of refusal, we present Indigenous worldviews and approaches of women who have been marginalized in the Global North paradigms around health systems. 

This panel will also hold space for discussion around the weaving of individual research on diverse wisdom traditions embraced and practiced by women, including from various geographical areas. The hope is to create an opportunity for sharing and learning together towards the goal of an inter-generationally sustained vision for planetary health informed and nurtured by women from various communities around the globe.  Together we will lean into questions that can deepen the sphere of our collective wisdom and transform together toward planetary health to set in motion transformation for generations.


Social Impact Factory Event Space

Track 1

EAT Lancet planetary health diet: fair, equitable and diverse?  

Future Food Utrecht

Chair: Professor Detlef van Vuuren, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Speakers: Dr Line Gordon, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; Dr Fabrice DeClerck, EAT Director of Science

The EAT Lancet planetary health diet emphasizes a plant-forward diet with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes for human health and environmental sustainability. 

Since launching the EAT Lancet dietary guidelines for global application in 2019, calls for more diverse EAT Lancet dietary guidelines, tailored to different regions in the world, each with their own food habits, cultures and systems have been put forward. 

This session, organised by the Future Food community of Utrecht University, focuses on the question how this diversity can be obtained in a fair, equitable and ethically responsible way. How should this diversity be approached and guided? Who are the key players and what role do they have? 

Line Gordon (Stockholm Resilience Centre) and Fabrice DeClerck (EAT Director of Science) will address and discuss these questions with ECTMIH session participants from different global regions contributing their unique views and experiences to engage with the EAT forum with respect to the transition towards fair, equitable and ethically responsible diets.


Social Impact Factory Room 1 Sydney

Track 3

Oral Abstract Presentations: Health systems in non-communicable diseases

Readiness of health facilities to provide non-communicable diseases related services in Nepal: a further analysis of Nepal Health Facility Survey 2021 (Bikram Adhikari et al.)

Universal non-communicable disease care coverage, a challenge in urban health system of Pokhara City, Nepal (Deepak Joshi et al.)

The role of community health workers in the management of palliative care patients in Benin (Yassinme Elysee Somasse et al.)

Where does Bangladesh’s urban poor go for non-communicable disease (NCD) care, and do they receive adequate advice for NCD prevention and control? (Deepa Barua et al.)

Improving the quality and coverage of community-based health intervention to prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus in Indonesia: an early health economics evaluation (Rachmadianti Sukma Hanifa et al.)

Comprehensive analysis of tuberculosis (TB) burden and healthcare facility readiness for TB care in Nepal (Sampurna Kakchapati et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 2 Singapore

Track 4

Oral Abstract Presentations: Mental health

Mental health in Burundi, what is the place of the community? (Belyse Munezero et al.)

The psychological poverty trap: evidence from a financial and health diaries study in Kenya (Nursena Aksunger et al.)

Beyond posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: responses to trauma and posttraumatic growth among grandparents in Cambodia (Thida Kim et al.)

Mental health, a deprived and neglected part of the health system of Nepal (Deepak Joshi et al.)

What mistakes should be avoided to successfully integrate mental health care services into primary health care? Experience in Burundi (Alain Ndayikunda et al.)

Piloting a digital mental health solution in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Chantale Lakis et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 3 Seoul

Track 1

Oral Abstract Presentations: Infectious disease and One Health

Occurrence of β-lactam resistant bacterial genes from clinical, environmental, and poultry isolates (Upendra Thapa Shrestha et al.)

Convergence in zoonotic disease surveillance systems: an exploratory One Health systems study in urban Ghana (Joannishka Dsani)

Out-of-pocket expense related to chikungunya outbreak in deep South Thailand (Thanittha Ditsuwan et al.)

Understanding and designing multi-sectoral, collaborative approaches for antimicrobial resistance governance: policy, practice and research from a One Health perspective in five countries (Mandy Geise et al.)

Next Generation One Health Philippines: building domestic capacity for transdisciplinary and translational research to prevent the next pandemic (Renzo Guinto et al.)

Rapid multi-method assessment of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on wet market biosecurity and local food security in the Philippines (Renzo Guinto et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 4 Dublin

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Neglected tropical diseases (1)

A randomized, double-blinded, phase 2 trial of different dosing strategies for the treatment of adults living with chronic Chagas disease: the MULTIBENZ study (Pau Bosch-Nicolau et al.)

Efficacy and safety of fexinidazole in patients with human African trypanosomiasis due to Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. A multicentre, open label clinical trial: final results (Olaf Valverde Mordt et al.)

Scabies prevalence in Ecuadorian indigenous communities that previously participated in ivermectin mass drug administration as part of the onchocerciasis elimination programme (Marta Gonzalez Sanz et al.)

Delayed hypofibrinogenemia and late bleeding manifestations in patients with saw-scaled viper envenoming: a retrospective study from India (Akhilesh Kumar P H et al.)

Onchocerciasis-associated epilepsy an important public health problem associated with high mortality (Robert Colebunders et al.)


Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

Track 1

A global conversation with Ernst Kuipers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Netherlands

Co-chairs: Dr Joyce Browne, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands; Dr Renzo Guinto, St Luke's Medical Center College of Medicine, the Philippines

This session will include a dialogue with the audience on planetary health issues. More details to follow.


Tivoli Vredenburg Hertz

Track 1

Strengthening strategic planning and data for decision making in fragile and conflict-affected settings: methodological reflections and guidance

KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands

Chair:  Dr Eelco Jacobs, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands

Speakers: Nima Yaghmaei, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands; Dr Sandra Alba, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands; Dr Eelco Jacobs: KIT Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands; Dr Abimbola Olaniran: University of Lagos, Nigeria

In this session we aim to offer reflection and guidance and facilitate exchange, based on approaches we developed and employed to generate data and evidence for decision-making and strategic planning in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS). 

Through presentations we aim to provide reflections on and examples of how we approached methodological dilemmas and challenges in generating evidence, insights and knowledge uptake for decision making in specific FCAS with due attention to our positionality as researchers and providers of technical assistance and the political economy context in which we and our partners have operated.

Through the roundtable discussions centred around specific themes emerging from our presentations and the needs of participants, we intend to facilitate an exchange of experiences and lessons learned on how to mitigate challenges and dilemmas encountered in the process of generating insight from limited data for decision-making and strategic planning in FCAS. 

We draw upon our experience in strengthening regional level planning on human resources for health in five countries affected by fragility and conflict in West and Central Africa; our experience as the Third Party for monitoring and evaluation for Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health's contracting-out of health services programme to strengthen basic healthcare delivery in Afghanistan; and a recent analysis investigating the relationship between consultations at primary care facilities and services by community health workers under the newly established Boma (Community) Health Initiative in South Sudan.


Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora

Track 2

A focus on Malawi: schistosomiasis and its new One Health dimensions

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Co-chairs: Professor Russell Stothard, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK; Dr Govert van Dam, Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands

 Dr Tine Huyse, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium; Dr Janelisa Musaya, MLW-Clinical Research Programme, Blantyre, Malawi; Peter Makaula, MLW-Clinical Research Programme, Blantyre, Malawi; Dr Alexandra Juhasz, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK; Dr Julianne Meisner, University of Washington, USA

Our aim is to highlight recent work on hybrid schistosomes in Malawi and nearby, documenting new dimension in One Health to control this neglected tropical disease.

This session and speakers draw together exciting new information on the realities of hybrid schistosomes in Malawi and in nearby countries, exploring new One Health Dimensions. Our specific focus is placed on the S. haematobium-mattheei combination which is now firmly incriminated in urogenital schistosomiasis in people. Recent surveillance by the multidisciplinary project entitled HUGS (Hybridisation in UroGenital Schistosomiasis) across two communities in Mangochi and Nsanje Districts has brought to light the complex epidemiology of this parasite as well as its zoonotic cycling in local livestock. Addressing One Health dimensions, schistosomiasis in Malawian livestock is neglected and we present our latest findings on GPS tracking and response(s) to praziquantel treatment over a calendar year.


Tivoli Vredenburg Cloud Nine

Track 1

Contribution of multidisciplinary research to the equity and sustainability of social health insurance in Benin

PRD-ARCH Consortium

Chair: Professor Marc Bourgeois, Université de Liège, Belgium

Speakers: Professor N’koué Emmanuel Sambiéni, Université de Parakou, Benin; Dr Aminatou Soulemana, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Cossi X. Agbeto,  UC Louvain, Belgium; Professor Gilles-Armand Sossou, Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin;  Jacob Gnammou, University of Liège, Belgium; Professor Elisabeth Paul, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Like many other Sub-Saharan African countries, Benin has embraced the objective of universal health coverage. To progress towards that objective, the government launched in 2017 a pilot social health insurance scheme, called ARCH. However, its scaling up is lagging, and some design issues – notably regarding its implementing agency and funding mechanism – are still not decided upon. 

This organised session will bring together researchers from various disciplines enabling to approach the challenges of the development of such an ambitious public health programme under different lenses: socio-anthropology, economics, law, public finance, health systems and policies.


Tivoli Vredenburg Club Nine

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Tuberculosis

Diagnostic accuracy of Thwaites’ and Lancet consensus scoring systems in adult tubercular meningitis patients: a prospective study from Jodhpur, India (Pankaj Sukhadiya et al.)

The role of neighborhood factors in the cumulative number of episodes of recurrent tuberculosis in Cape Town (Eli Dearden et al.)

Unmasking barriers and crafting solutions: gender-responsive approaches to enhance tuberculosis care for men in Nigeria

Resistance to pyrazinamide in Mycobacterium tuberculosis from previously treated tuberculosis cases in Southwest Ethiopia (Mulualem Tadesse Jano et al.)

Comparing performance of Bayesian and spatial lag models for predicting subnational tuberculosis positivity rates in Pakistan (Christina Mergenthaler et al.)

Costs faced by tuberculosis patients during diagnosis and treatment in Ethiopia: a systematic review and Meta analysis (Dawit Getachew Assefa)


Tivoli Vredenburg The Pit

Track 1, Track 3 and Track 5

Oral Abstract Presentations: Health systems (3)

The impact of the accredited social health activists in India on uptake of modern contraceptive services: A multilevel modeling study (Catherine Moughalian et al.)

Redesigning maternal and newborn health service delivery for you, with you: qualitative methods in human-centered design for maternal and newborn health services in Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, and Cote d’Ivoire (Chantale Lakis et al.)

Role of District Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights( SRHR) Officer and Cervical Cancer Field Trainer in improvement of SRHR of women in low- and middle-income countries: a case study of Bangladesh  (Fatima Shajahan et al.)

Globalization of industry-sponsored clinical trials for breast, lung, and colon cancer research: trends, threats and opportunities (Anil Babu Payedimarri et al.)

Level of small area poverty and urban health: estimation, validation, and visualization with ground level data (Farzana Sehrin et al.)

Latent class analysis of multimorbidity patterns and associated functional outcomes among Indian elderly aged 60 years and above in India (Jaya Prasad Tripathy et al.)


Social Impact Factory Event Space

Track 1

Climate change and health outcomes: extreme temperatures, air pollution, and policy instruments

Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Chair: Professor Tom Van Ourti, Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management and Erasmus School of Economics, the Netherlands

Speakers: Lizbeth Burgos Ochoa, Tilburg University, the Netherlands; Maartje van Wijhe,  Eramus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Dr Pilar García Gómez, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Fiorella Parra Mujica, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Igna Bonfrer, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Callum Brindley, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Jan Nouwen, Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands; Job van Exel, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Climate projections indicate that extreme weather events, such as extreme temperatures, will become more frequent and intense in the coming years. This has raised concerns about the possible impact of these events on early-life health and their potential to exacerbate socioeconomic health inequalities. Nevertheless, our knowledge on the causal impact of such events on birth outcomes remains limited.


Social Impact Factory Room 1 Sydney

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Vector-borne diseases

Natural containers that are artificially in use put pressure on dengue and chikungunya vector control in Dhaka City, Bangladesh (Rajib Chowdhury et al.)

Child empowerment as mosquito larva monitors to prevent dengue in primary schools, Indonesia (Alidha Nur Rakhmani et al.)

A One Health approach for integrated vector control: proof of principle from a cluster randomized livestock-centred trial in western and coastal Kenya (Margaret Njoroge et al.)

Measuring the effect of a multicomponent dengue preventive strategy targeting transmission hotspots in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (Waldemar Baldoquín-Rodríguez et al.)

A follow-up of chikungunya fever in deep South Thailand: what did the disease and patients tell us? (Vallop Ditsuwan et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 2 Singapore

Track 1, Track 5 and Track 6

Oral Abstract Presentations: Digital health

Investigating facilitators and barriers to data quality in a digital health systems pipeline: the VODAN case study (Abdullahi Abubakar Kawu et al.)

Perception of caregivers on the use of a digital tool by clinicians to manage sick children in primary healthcare settings of Tanzania: a mixed method study (Geofrey Ashery et al.)

Hospital information system based on the electronic patient record in Burundi (Florence Munezero et al.)

Boosting community engagement in the local health system through the creation of a health user platform: innovative action-research in Benin (Nadja de Groote et al.)

Experiences of community health workers on the use of mobile health technology to improve utilization of maternal health services in rural Malawi: a qualitative study (Chiyembekezo Kachimanga et al.)

Impact of a digital clinical decision support algorithm on antibiotic prescription in Rwanda: preliminary results from a pragmatic cluster non-randomized trial (Alexandra Kulinkina et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 3 Seoul

Track 5

Oral Abstract Presentations: Maternal and reproductive health (2)

Measuring socioeconomic disparities in quality of care within and between villages: an application to antenatal care in India (Igna Bonfrer et al.)

Where do most mothers and babies die in Ethiopia? Geospatial analysis of pregnancy-related and perinatal death (Sisay Alemu et al.)

Action research on the preventive maintenance of medical equipment in maternity and neonatal units in Rwanda (Jean Claude Mwumvaneza et al.)

Perinatal outcomes of asylum migrants in the Netherlands (2014-2019): a registry-based study (Julia Tankink et al.

Wealth-based inequality in the continuum of maternal health service utilisation in 16 sub-Saharan African countries (Anteneh Asefa et al.)


Social Impact Factory Room 4 Dublin

Track 2

Oral Abstract Presentations: Neglected tropical diseases (2)

The determinants of uptake of trachoma trichiasis surgery among women in North Pokot Sub County, Kenya (Victoria Akoth et al.)

Incidence of snakebites in the department Ogooué et des Lacs, Gabon (Rica Artus et al.)

Implementation of molecular diagnosis and genotyping approach for human rabies at the University Clinical Research Center in Mali (Dramane Diallo et al.)

AI-based microscopy: a game-changer for neglected tropical diseases diagnosis (Lin Lin et al.)

Poor mental wellbeing and the impact of stigma caused by neglected tropical diseases in Colombia, India and Mozambique (Robin van Wijk et al.)

Groping in the dark: the epidemiology of snakebite in Ghana (Leslie Mawuli Aglanu et al.)


Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

ECTMIH 2023 wrap up – acceleration towards our equitable and sustainable future

Co-chairs: Dr Marco Albonico, Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health and Kimberley Nagesser, International Federation of Medical Students Association Netherlands

ECTMIH 2023’s three-day effort to reunite health and non-health professionals to join the spirited conversations on the different aspects of health was just the beginning. 

Systematic transformation and solidarity can be achieved if we reflect on both achievements and mistakes of the past and harnessing these lessons learned into bold, decisive and sustainable priorities going forward. 

This closing session will reflect on ECTMIH 2023’s lessons learned about how we can jointly shape the future towards equitable and sustainable planetary health. This will be guided by the reflections of Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, Director General of the Ghana Health Services, and Kimberley Nagesser from the International Federation of Medical Students Association Netherlands. We will encourage participants to explore their professional contributions to accelerate the transformative societal changes to realize the future we aspire. 

With a word of thanks to the 2023 ECTMIH team, the 2025 ECTMIH location will be announced.

ECTMIH2023 is co-organised by University Medical Center Utrecht, Universiteitsweg 100, 3584 CG Utrecht, Netherlands
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