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Center for Research and Integrated Development of Tropical Health and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Pradana Soewondo, SpPD-KEMD
Manager of Academic and Student Affair in Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia

labEven though with recent health technological advancement, infectious disease has been evidently the world’s health problem. Although the technology in antibiotics and vaccines are still being developed, these diseases are well known to be the cause of death and disability, social and economic issues for millions of people. Based on WHO’s data of Global Burden Disease in 2004, infectious disease contributes to the death of 16-17% of the world’s population.
In Indonesia, according to the Basic Health Research (Riset Kesehatan Dasar /Riskesdas) in 2007, infectious disease was the cause of death of 28.1% from the national mortality rate. Tuberculosis is the leading of the infectious disease in Indonesia. Other infectious diseases, such as liver infection, pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, typhoid fever, and dengue fever also contribute to the tropical infectious diseases in Indonesia. Therefore, Indonesia should take serious steps to address this problem.
University of Indonesia (UI) has been rec ognized nationally and internationally in the field of tropical health and infectious diseases. Furthermore, UI has committed to improve and strengthen its international reputation by producing superior intellectual products that will be useful for improving the welfare of mankind. To achieve these goals, UI will develop a Center for Research and Integrated Development of Tropical Health and Infectious Diseases Road map of the tropical health and infectious diseases
UI’s Center for Integrated Research and Development of Tropical Health and Infectious Diseases, will be developed through group activities and study of tropical infectious diseases. Study group will involve various areas of expertise, such as in health, science, technology, and social study. Through this study group, UI will be expected to obtain a global partnership with leading institutions of tropical health and infectious diseases in order to share knowledge, skills, and facilities. Indonesia is already known, as a “wealth” of diseases, must play an node cooperation network.
UI will develop a based-community laboratory for the infectious disease. UI will also map the potential resources that are associated with tropical health and infectious diseases in its environment. This study group will then be introduced and formed alliance with international parties. Other than that, this activity involves the development of information systems management and the dissemination of information through the media and regular seminars for the general community. This whole process can certainly be run by having a good business plan.
lab2In addition to the study group, UI’s Center for Research and Integrated Development of Tropical Health and Infectious Diseases also want to expand research-based educational programs in tropical health and infectious diseases at an international level. This is actually included in the vision and mission of UI. Through the development of the education system, it is expected that more foreign students and researchers opt to study tropical health and infectious diseases at UI.
This educational system utilizes the latest technology by using computer mediated learning and distance learning conducted by the study group. An example of this would be the development of module in form of credit-earning program by granting post-graduate certificate, post-graduate diploma, and also elective module for graduate level. This new system will be introduced nationally and internationally, including the scholarship foundation through printed and electronic media, presentations to potential institutions, and open house.
We hope that these research centers, study groups, and all the planned programs can further confirm University of Indonesia as a world class research university. A good business plan will support the implementation of all activities in reaching the target. Everyone’s support is required for the success of this program.

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