The institute and its associated cooperation shall provide a platform for high-quality education, know-how transfer and research in Asella. Training and research activities focus on hepatology and infectious diseases, especially coinfections, comprising most pressing clinical problems likeHIV infection, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and parasitic infections (e. g. malaria, recurrent fever, cystic echinococcosis and schistosomiasis).
Included in the cooperation project is training programme for ethiopian collegues by German physicians in Asella, but also in Duesseldorf. Therefore two German physicians and scientists will stay in Asella. Finally, the establishment of the institute represents an important step towards internationalisation of the Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases Department in Düsseldorf and offers training opportunities in the field of tropical medicine for its physicians.