RSTMH and ITN Productions present “Access to health: global challenges”

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Friday, 23 November 2018

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is partnering with ITN Productions to create “Access to health: global challenges”, a flagship news-style programme exploring the progress made and challenges remaining in the world of tropical medicine and global health.

Presented by UK newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, the programme will highlight the key issues surrounding tropical medicine and global health.

Showcasing the complexities of healthcare around the world

These include advances in diagnostics, treatment, vector control, progress towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the huge increase of non-communicable diseases, the challenges of the built environment, as well as contexts of climate change, animal health, man-made and natural disasters and growing economic inequality, all of which bring new challenges to the sector.


News presenter Natasha Kaplinksy (left) and RSTMH CEO Tamar Ghosh (right)

Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate and tropical medicine has had to deal with international health issues not always related to a tropical climate. The risk of the spread of emerging diseases around the globe is growing and vast population movements – both forced and voluntary – are further adding to the complexities of healthcare.

“Access to health: global challenges” will reveal the threats posed to people’s health and access to healthcare, and will highlight RSTMH’s aim to save lives and improve health around the world through increased access and greater equity in healthcare.

Drawing upon ITN’s 60-year heritage and expertise in storytelling, the news-style piece will combine interviews and reports with sponsored editorial profiles from leading organisations.

European and global collaboration to tackle issues in tropical medicine and global health 

“Access to health: global challenges” will premiere at the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health 2019 (ECTMIH 2019) in Liverpool in September next year.

Tamar Ghosh, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, says:

“2019 has specific significance for the tropical medicine community, as it will mark the 25th anniversary of Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH), of which RSTMH is a proud member. It’s also a great year to demonstrate the importance of European and global collaboration to tackle issues that affect people in ever-increasing numbers.

“ECTMIH 2019 is a great opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made in the last quarter of a century in terms of investigation, innovation and implementation, and is a chance to consider what we can expect from the next 25 years for tropical medicine and global health.

Bringing themes of progress and challenges in global health and tropical medicine to life

“One way we are showcasing progress, discussing challenges and bringing these themes to life is through our work with ITN Productions on the “Access to health: global challenges” programme.

“We’re excited for the partnership with ITN Productions and about sharing our work and the world of tropical medicine and global health with a wider audience.”


Patients enjoy the winter sun outside TLMN’s Anandaban Hospital Leprosy Ward. Amputated feet highlight delayed diagnosis and the continued need for contact survey, self-care and awareness raising. ​© Tom Bradley/The Leprosy Mission Nepal (TLMN) 

Elizabeth Fisher-Robins, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions, says:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to demonstrate the importance of understanding neglected and emerging tropical disease in today’s world and give recognition to those working to make changes to people’s health.”

For more information, or to participate in the programme, please contact Tamsin Luck, Programme Director at ITN Productions, on 0207 430 4818 or tamsin.luck@itnproductions.com.