The Hirsch Institute of Tropical Medicine (HITM) was founded in cooperation with the Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU) on the Campus of the Medical Faculty in Asella (Ethiopia). In December 2014, the Campus in Asella separated from ASTU and a new university was founded. The successful cooperation that was started with ASTU now continues with the newly founded Arsi University.
As part of the Clinic of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases in Düsseldorf, Germany the institute pursues a long-lasting partnership for medical training and high quality medical research in the field of infectious diseases and tropical medicine.
The institute was built with a generous donation from Mr Wolfgang Hirsch (Duesseldorf, Germany). Equipment and maintenance is also mostly financed by donations. The institute was officially opened on October 16th, 2013.