About us

Since 1907, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. Through our network of members across the world, we facilitate research, share knowledge, guide lifelong careers, and drive impact.

As a respected Society at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, we connect people and organisations who work, or are interested in, these areas. We’re an independent organisation and have a unique role in convening diverse stakeholders from many sectors and disciplines.

We play a role in all stages of global health practice from initial research and development, publication and showcasing, implementation, debate, and impact.

Our work includes funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events. We provide grants for UK and international research, and award medals for excellence in practice, and to recognise emerging talent.

The Society, located in London, is governed by a Board of Trustees. RSTMH received a ‘Royal’ designation from King George V in 1920, and the royal connection has been maintained ever since - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is our Patron, and HRH The Princess Royal is an Honorary Fellow.

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Our vision and mission

Our ambition is to save lives and improve health around the world through increased access and greater equity in global healthcare.

Our mission is to be at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community providing the knowledge and networks, across all disciplines, that drive impact.