Sarawak to host global tropical medicine conference


Sarawak has secured the 21st International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM 2024), marking Malaysia’s debut as the host for one of the world’s leading congresses in tropical medicine and malaria.

Set to take place between 19-23 September 2024 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, ICTMM 2024 is expected to attract more than 2,000 scientists, physicians, researchers, policymakers and international authorities.

ICTMM 2024 is organised by the International Federation of Tropical Medicine and Malaria (IFTM) and the Malaysian Society of Parasitology & Tropical Medicine (MSTPM).

The congress, themed “Global Responses and Interdisciplinary Research Towards Eliminating Tropical Diseases”, will be jointly held with the 60th Malaysian Society of Parasitology & Tropical Medicine Conference (MSPTM 2024) and the 10th ASEAN Congress of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (10th ACTMP).

“The greatest attraction of ICTMM is that it rotates in different countries so that it is truly international in focus and venue,” said Professor Dr Malcolm Jones, President of the International Federation of Tropical Medicine and Malaria.

“Sarawak has a unique setting to study malaria and other tropical diseases due to its diverse ecosystem and varied malaria transmission patterns, providing a range of tropical medicine dynamics for investigation.”

Professor Dr. Siti Nursheena Mohd Zain, ICTMM 2024’s Organising Chair, said ICTMM has been hosted for over 100 years.

“Our ultimate goal is to lead the world’s conversations and knowledge in tropical medicine through collaborations between national and international federated societies,” she said.

Amelia Roziman, BESarawak’s CEO, said they are working closely with the congress committee to help achieve their legacy impact.

“Sarawak’s business events industry places high value on collaborations and we hope that by being the host destination for ICTMM, the congress will be the key to Malaysia and Asia’s tropical medicine advancements,” she said.