Infectious AND Tropical Disease Institute

Education Abroad


Experience Ecuador

The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute sponsors learning experiences in Ecuador that help students learn more about themselves while learning about the world. Student travel funding is available through several Ohio University offices.

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In Their Own Words

During their study-abroad experience in Ecuador, students discover the difference they can make in one area of the world: "One person at a time. It really does make a difference."

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Global Health Initiative 

Ohio University's Global Health Initiative offers programs that promote an understanding of global health issues and increase multicultural awareness among faculty, staff and students both in the United States and abroad.

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Research Center in Ecuador

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Foundation for Discovery

What began in 2000 as a small laboratory and community-based research project in Ecuador to mitigate Chagas disease has now transformed to include a state-of-the-art research center. The Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) is primed to make a difference around the world, tackling life-threatening infectious and chronic diseases and seeking new discoveries and innovation.

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Healthy Living Initiative

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Helping Rural Communities

The Healthy Living Initative is a long-term initiative that aims to support socioeconomic development of rural communities as the main tool for the control of Chagas disease in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador. With a holistic approach, this public health strategy looks to prevent the transmission of Chagas and other diseases “associated with poverty” by facilitating participatory processes of human development that are sustainable and sustained by the people involved.

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Our Supporters, Sponsors and Partners

Teaming Up for Good

The mission of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institutute  is supported by external research grants from many institutions and individuals that include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), European Commission (FP7), Tropical Disease Research and Training Programme, World Health Organization (TDR/WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Institute for Research and Development (IRD France), the Ecuadorian Government, Children's Heartlink, PLAN Internacional Ecuador, among others. 

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Our efforts are also supported by the generous contributions of individuals via tax deductible donations to the Ohio Univesity  Foundation.

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July 1, 2018
A recent publication from researchers at the Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) and the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL by its acronym in Spanish) concludes that including youth in participatory research can inform health intervention programs. The study, “Youth participatory research and evaluation to inform a Chagas disease prevention program in Ecuador,” [1] published in the Evaluation and Program Planning International Journal, also mentions that youth can gain agency and empowerment through their participation in development programs. Read More
January 18, 2018
The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) has a strong track record in research aimed at understanding and preventing the spread of particular tropical diseases such as Chagas. But ITDI has recently created a new research group, with a broader focus – to gain a better understanding of how disease-causing bacteria of different kinds survive inside their human hosts. Read More
November 20, 2017
Researchers at Ohio University Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) and the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) recently published a study that illustrates the high risk for infection with Chagas disease of nearly 570 thousand people living in Manabí province. Read More
June 12, 2017
A newly published study by researchers from Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador at Quito (PUCE), is a step forward in the battle against chronic diseases in Ecuador. Read More