Preventing hazardous skin exposures in the workplace
through a comprehensive skin health program

Occupational Dermatoses (OD) is the top occupational disease especially among the marginalized workers. There is a paucity of formal data on the prevalence of OD locally except for specific occupations. Workers in the major industries in the Philippines such as manufacturing, construction, and agriculture are predominantly exposed to health hazards and are oftentimes neglected. The aim of continue reading : Preventing hazardous skin exposures in the workplace
through a comprehensive skin health program

RITM and Fumiya Sankai envision a no free-roaming dog PH

No free-roaming dog country – The Philippines is envisioned to emulate Japan in maintaining an environment free of stray dogs and rabies virus, explained RITM Molecular Biology Laboratory Head and rabies researcher Dr. Timothy John Dizon in the latest End Rabies with Fumiya episode with Japanese influencer Fumiya Sankai last October 3, 2022. In Japan continue reading : RITM and Fumiya Sankai envision a no free-roaming dog PH

RITM certifies 2 TB Smear Microscopy Trainers from Central Luzon

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL) certified two (2) participants from their Training of Trainers on TB Smear Microscopy (SM-TOT) course for the successful completion of their preceptorship last September 26-30, 2022. The two (2) TOT-trained participants from the Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon Center for continue reading : RITM certifies 2 TB Smear Microscopy Trainers from Central Luzon

RITM conducts 3rd Rabies Direct Fluorescent Antibody Test (DFAT) Training

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its Veterinary Research Department Special Pathogens Laboratory (VRD-SPL), conducted the third instalment of its Rabies Direct Fluorescent Antibody Test (DFAT) training course on September 26-30, 2022.  Eleven (11) veterinarians, medical technologists, and laboratory personnel from Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories (RADDL) participated in the five-day training course. continue reading : RITM conducts 3rd Rabies Direct Fluorescent Antibody Test (DFAT) Training

RITM TTI-NRL staff recognized as one of PAMET’s 50 MedTech Movers

Mr. Kenneth Aristotle Punzalan of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) National Reference Laboratory for Transfusion Transmissible Infections (TTI-NRL) was recognized as one of the 50 movers in the field of Medical Technology in the Philippines during the gala and awards night of the 50th MedTech Week celebration organized by the Philippine Association of continue reading : RITM TTI-NRL staff recognized as one of PAMET’s 50 MedTech Movers

RITM and Fumiya Sankai promote GARC Rabies Educator Course

The Reseach Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) through its ongoing Japan and Philippines One Health Rabies Project (JAPOHR), launched an episode on becoming a certified rabies educator last September 16, 2022 through the End Rabies with Fumiya video series on YouTube, hosted by Japanese influencer Fumiya Sankai and co-hosted by RITM Molecular Biology Laboratory Head continue reading : RITM and Fumiya Sankai promote GARC Rabies Educator Course

RITM strengthens its sequencing capacity

Laboratory personnel from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) successfully passed the training on next-generation sequencing (NGS) hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at RITM from September 19-23, 2022. Eight (8) RITM laboratory personnel – three (3) from the Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL) and five (5) from the Philippine National Influenza Center (PNIC) continue reading : RITM strengthens its sequencing capacity

Boosting Malaria Vector Control by Addressing Insecticide Resistance

Insecticide resistance amongst malaria vectors may render vector control interventions ineffective if not properly addressed. This may lead to increased malaria cases in provinces with ongoing transmission and may render provinces under in elimination phase and those earlier declared malaria-free at risk of reintroduction and/or re-establishment. Since several provinces continue to report imported cases from continue reading : Boosting Malaria Vector Control by Addressing Insecticide Resistance

RITM-BRMO Head hailed as BRAP 2022 Biosafety Champion

RITM Biorisk Management Office Head, Plebeian B. Medina, was chosen as the 1st Biorisk Association of the Philippines (BRAP) 2022 Biosafety Champion during the 5th BRAP Annual Convention and 3rd International Forum held on 03 September 2022.  “Nothing is more fulfilling than witnessing change and improvements in laboratories because of biosafety and biosecurity. We as continue reading : RITM-BRMO Head hailed as BRAP 2022 Biosafety Champion

New diagnostic algorithm may improve PH dengue diagnosis and surveillance – studies suggest

Through the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Infection Biology Department Head Dr. Martin Lloyd Hibberd shared his analysis of dengue in the Philippines to public health practitioners in the country on 22 August 2022 via Zoom in support of continue reading : New diagnostic algorithm may improve PH dengue diagnosis and surveillance – studies suggest