Infectious AND Tropical Disease Institute
Our Mission: The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute at Ohio University seeks to improve the health status of underserved populations through sustainable and comprehensive research, service and educational initiatives related to infectious diseases.
Under the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute's umbrella are three main areas of research: Tropical Disease, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Bacterial Pathogenesis. Our activities include not only research but also service and educational opportunities. We have a special partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador that includes research capacity building in that country as well as maintaining research infrastructure.
Healthy Living Initiative
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.