The Strategic Network on Neglected Diseases and Zoonoses (SNNDZ) is one of the projects within the Third Framework Agreement (FA3) between the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in  Antwerp, Belgium (ITM).

The overall goal of the FA3 strategic networks is to optimise synergies and cooperation between ITM’s southern partners. In this frame, the SNNDZ aims to bring together available expertise on neglected infectious diseases and zoonoses within the network of ITM’s institutional partners and, where relevant, additional network partners, for improved control and evidence based priority setting.


The Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD) is the federal agency in charge of development aid. The collaboration between DGD and ITM has produced innumerable projects, scholarships and contracts over the years. Since 1998, these activities have been incorporated into a broad Framework Agreement. Under this Agreement, DGD provides financial support for a comprehensive range of ITM activities.

The Framework Agreement is a multiyear agreement under which ITM takes responsibility for a comprehensive programme that includes medical, veterinary and scientific training, and research and capacity building, in exchange for DGD subsidies. The ITM and DGD are currently in their Third Framework Agreement (FA3), which runs from 2008 till 2016. 



Prof. Eduardo Gotuzzo -- Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Tropical Medicine, Peru
   Prof. Suman Rijal -- Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) Regional Office in Delhi, India
Prof. Marleen Boelaert -- Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
 Prof. Pierre Dorny -- Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
Séverine Thys -- Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium


For comments or enquiries, please contact Severine Thys at sthys@itg.be.