The Institute of Tropical Medicine

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp strives for the advancement of science and health for all, through innovative research, advanced education, professional medical services and capacity sharing with partner institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


A small factory within the Institute of Tropical Medicine

The Applied Technology and Production Unit within the Institute produces diagnostic tests for neglected tropical diseases that have been compromised by market failures and are therefore unattractive to commercial partners.

The Unit develops the Card Agglutination Test for Trypanosomiasis of human and animal origin (CATT T.b. gambiense for HAT and T. evansi for surra) and the Direct Agglutination Test for visceral Leishmaniasis (DAT/VL).

Years of field data indicate that the particular diagnostic characteristics of CATT T.b. gambiense make that this test likely remains an important diagnostic tool even several years after the last patient has been found.

Meanwhile, the variant for animals, CATT T. evansi, has become a WOAH recommended test for the serological diagnosis of surra and is used worldwide by reference laboratories, including ours located within the Institute, to monitor animals destined for international trade.

The Webshop

On this website, we are exhibiting our current portfolio of in vitro diagnostics tests for neglected tropical diseases that can be obtained. We are always looking for new opportunities to expand it with other diagnostics, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us via the contact page when having suggestions or ideas.