The aim of the institute is to create an infrastructure for high-quality medical and scientific education and clinical research. Long-term cooperation with Arsi University and other Ethiopian partners is envisaged. Since the establishment of the institute, a wide range of ongoing trainings, professional exchange and joint workshops have been established at the Tropical Institute in Asella.
In accordance with local needs and the key competence of the German department, the Institute's training and research focus on the areas of infectious diseases and hepatology. This includes the predominant medical problems such as HIV infection, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and parasitic infections (for example malaria, relapsing fever and schistosomiasis). Initial projects initiated together with partners are oriented towards urgent medical problems in the region.