In 2020, Antwerp called in the help of physicians and scientists from 18 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to fight the outbreak of the Antwerp Virus. Thanks to their expertise the outbreak was eradicated.

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Knowledge for Growth


For decades, Antwerp researchers and physicians of the Institute of Tropical Medicine have invested in the medical and scientific expertise of partners in the South, with the financial support of the Belgian Development Cooperation.

It is not unlikely that, if the need arises, our partners will come to our aid someday. The future health challenges will cross borders due to climate change, migration, globalisation and tourism. With a fictitious monument we turn the world in 2020 upside down to show that scientific cooperation with the South goes further than development aid.