Sarawak to host leading congress in tropical medicine and malaria

Over 2,000 delegates will convene at Kuching’s Borneo Convention in September next year for ICTMM 2024.

Sim Kui Hian (centre), deputy premier of Sarawak and minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Sarawak.
Sim Kui Hian (centre), deputy premier of Sarawak and minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Sarawak. Photo Credit: BESarawak

Sarawak has been chosen to host Malaysia's inaugural global congress on tropical medicine and malaria, the 21st International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM 2024). The event will take place from 19-23 September 2024 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

The international bidding process was a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Society of Parasitology & Tropical Medicine, Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). The congress anticipates the participation of over 2,000 delegates from around the world, converging in Kuching during the specified dates.

With the theme "Global Responses and Interdisciplinary Research Towards Eliminating Tropical Diseases," the congress will be jointly held with the 60th Malaysian Society of Parasitology & Tropical Medicine Conference (MSPTM 2024) and the 10th ASEAN Congress of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (10th ACTMP).

Leading scientists, physicians, researchers, policymakers, and international authorities will gather to discuss various tropical medicine topics, including malaria, neglected diseases, drug resistance, travel medicine, and zoonoses.

"Sarawak's unique tropical climate and geographical diversity provide a multitude of habitats for disease vectors, resulting in higher infection and transmission rates of tropical diseases," shared Sim Kui Hian, Sarawak's Deputy Premier and minister for Public Health, Housing, and Local Government.

The congress is projected to have a total economic impact of RM24.6 million (US$5.4 million), with RM13.4 million stemming from direct delegate spend. Additionally, it is expected to generate 1,952 jobs related to organising and hosting the event. The Malaysian Society of Parasitology & Tropical Medicine aims to foster leading global collaborations within the scientific community and drive transformative change through its legacy impact.

Professor Dr. Malcolm Jones, president of the International Federation of Tropical Medicine and Malaria, emphasised the Federation's role in ensuring the global progress of tropical medicine through informed and connected scientific and medical communities.

Emphasising the value of collaborations for the business events industry, Amelia Roziman, CEO of BESarawak, said: “As Malaysia and Borneo’s legacy capital for business events, we are working closely with the congress committee to help achieve their legacy impact. We hope that by being the host destination for ICTMM, the congress will be the key to Malaysia and Asia’s tropical medicine advancements.”