Several research projects are carried out within NIIH. Focus of these research projects are the main poverty related diseases: malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
- These long term projects are characterised by their focus on translational research, i.e. they aim to translate novel findings from the laboratory to the patient’s “bedside”, and patient care benefits directly from the research. The approach is multidisciplinary and involves collaborative scientific interactions between both basic and clinical researchers from universities in The Netherlands, Tanzania and Indonesia. Broad experience in scientific research in these countries has been gained in the past, e.g. during the implementation of the large scale research programs PRIOR, APRIORI and IMPACT. In addition to scientific research, training activities and improvement of local facilities are part of most research projects. In this way, staff capacity is developed and local health facilities are improved.
- The interaction between these infectious diseases and society is complex and the achievement of sustainable strategies for the prevention, control and treatment of Poverty Related Diseases call therefore for a multidisciplinary approach whereby contributions of different disciplines may be applied.
NIIH coordinates various large scale multidisciplinary research and implementation programs, see Menu on the left.