Tropical Medicine Symposium 2019

Dear generals, officers, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

With reference to the 3rd Force Health Protection Congress 2016 in Hamburg, when issues of infectious disease prevention, diagnostics, treatment and management were intensively discussed, you are cordially invited to the second symposium on tropical medicine and infectious diseases in an international military context. The symposium will be held from 27th to 28th June 2019 at Bundeswehr Hospital Hamburg, Germany.

Military conflicts and crises requiring military intervention remain an ongoing concern. Associated deployments may lead to the importation of infectious agents such as gastrointestinal parasites, atypical or multidrugresistant bacteria, viral causes of chronic infections and rare or emerging tropical pathogens. Diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic solutions of these arising problems of military medicine on deployment and after the return of the service members to their home countries are of importance as a focus of military medical research. In addition, military deployments inside failing or failed states with tropical settings that are rich in zoonotic and vector-borne infectious diseases are a matter of concern.

Knowledge, awareness and expertise in the fields of prevention, diagnosis, therapy and management of tropical and infectious diseases are crucial to face the challenge. This is particularly true for remote settings as well as on board of military ships.

This symposium intends to again bring international experts together to discuss up-to-date developments and state-of-the-art procedures.

Finally, the symposium will provide the attendees with an opportunity to meet with colleagues and friends, as well as to exchange information and ideas. In addition, young colleagues and students may be mentored and encouraged to join the community of military medical officers specializing in infectious disease prevention, diagnosis and management. The social event on june, 27 will provide the relaxed atmosphere to facilitate dialogs.

We will be happy to see you in Hamburg.

Brigadier General Dr. Joachim Hoitz
Commanding Officer and Medical Director Bundeswehr Hospital Hamburg