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WFPHA Organizational Excellence Award 2020

The Institute of Tropical Medicine ¨Pedro Kourí¨ (IPK) was founded in 1937, its facilities have been expanded and modernized in 1993; the institution continues its development towards the goal of becoming a center of excellence not only dedicated to Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, but also for the research and development of human resources in Medical Microbiology, Infectology, Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases, and social research. The mission is to contribute to improve the quality of life of the Cuban population and the rest of the international community, offering fast, specialized and advanced technology services in research and innovation, diagnosis, medical care, teaching and epidemiological surveillance, aimed at the prevention, control and elimination of infectious diseases.

IPK conducts, within a coherent academic triad, fundamental, translational and applied scientific research; delivers advanced education and training; and provides medical and scientific expert services. IPK has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a reference centre for tuberculosis and others mycobacterias and dengue and its vectors. IPK has 860 staff, from them 145 researchers, 61 PhD, 150 master’s and 161 professors do research on pathogens, patients and populations. The main result is the role of the institution in the face of epidemics, the generation and implementation of important scientific results and the evaluation of vaccines, clinical trials of vaccine candidates, generics and natural products. Today the Institution works on 116 research projects, mainly financial by the Minister or Public Health, Biocubafarma and Minister of Science and Technology; 20 of which have international funding obtained from the following sources: PAHO/WHO; Global Funds; Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium; Belgium's Development Cooperation; Pasteur Institute, French Guiana; Medicuba Europa; European Union; VLIR-UOS, Belgium; Hubert Curie Agreement  Carlos J. Finlay, France; Institute Pasteur, France; International Atomic Energy Agency; FSBI Gause Institute of New Antibiotics, Russia and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France.

A total of 68.383 professionals have undertaken any type of training at the IPK in some of the diverse programs, of them 5.928 were foreigners from more than 111 countries from the 5 continents. Results are published in national and international journals, in total 3 455 articles were published by IPK staff. From 1990 the Cuban Academic of Science granted a National Award in Science and Technology from the most important results in Cuban Science. Since 1990 the Institute has been granted 192 National Awards.