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Tuberculosis and HIV in Indonesia; 15 years of academic collaboration

Tuberculosis and HIV in Indonesia; 15 years of academic collaboration

Since 1999, universities in Indonesia and the Netherlands have collaborated in tuberculosis (TB) research. Initial studies, supported by KNAW, focused on risk factors for TB, comparing immunological and genetic measurements in hundreds of TB patients and healthy control subjects. Genetic and other risk factors were identified for TB, but the field work also had enormous spin-off for clinical, epidemiological and public health research.

Later work also involved pharmacological studies, randomized trials and public health research, extending to Papua. In 2006, a comprehensive program on HIV prevention and care started in Bandung, involving biomedical, socio behavioral and public health experts working in hospital, the community, prison and schools.

This collaboration has improved health services and strengthened academic capacity development with many international PhD’s, scientific publications and successful grant applications. This presentation will illustrate some of the results and impact of this partnership, and lay out the factors contributing to its success.