The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in the Philippines is a premier research facility dedicated to the study and treatment of tropical diseases.
Established in 1981, RITM is located in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila. It operates under the Department of Health and is a key player in the country's healthcare and research sectors.
RITM Key Functions
Disease Research and Surveillance: RITM conducts extensive research on tropical diseases, including dengue fever, malaria, tuberculosis, and emerging infectious diseases. The institute plays a pivotal role in disease surveillance, monitoring outbreaks, and analyzing data to formulate effective prevention and control strategies.
RITM operates state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with advanced diagnostic tools. It provides accurate and timely diagnostic services, aiding healthcare professionals in the early detection and management of infectious diseases.
Training and Capacity Building
RITM is a hub for training healthcare professionals, scientists, and researchers. It offers various training programs, workshops, and seminars to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals working in the field of tropical medicine.
RITM is involved in vaccine research and development, focusing on diseases prevalent in tropical regions. This critical work contributes to the creation of vaccines that can potentially save millions of lives.
The institute collaborates with international organizations, research institutions, and universities to exchange knowledge, share research findings, and participate in collaborative studies. This collaboration strengthens RITM's position as a leading research facility in the global scientific community.
Public Health Initiatives
RITM actively participates in public health campaigns and initiatives. The institute's experts provide valuable insights and recommendations to government agencies, helping in the formulation of public health policies and guidelines.
Achievements and Contributions
COVID-19 Response: During the COVID-19 pandemic, RITM played a crucial role in COVID-19 testing, research, and vaccine development efforts. The institute's scientists and healthcare professionals were at the forefront of the country's response to the pandemic.
Dengue Vaccine Studies: RITM has been involved in dengue vaccine trials, contributing to the development of vaccines aimed at preventing this widespread tropical disease.
Capacity Building: RITM's training programs have empowered numerous healthcare professionals, strengthening the healthcare system's ability to handle infectious diseases effectively.
The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) had its humble beginnings soon after the culmination of over a decade of negotiations between the governments of the Philippines and Japan for the establishment of a tropical medicine research center. RITM was tasked to plan and implement research programs for infectious and tropical diseases.
The original building facilities of RITM, which included a laboratory wing and a 50-bed hospital for patients with infectious diseases requiring tertiary care, were inaugurated on April 23, 1981.
In 1984, RITM’s facilities were expanded to include a building for animal research and laboratory animal breeding.
Through another grant-in-aid from the Japanese Government, the RITM Center for Training in Tropical Infectious Diseases was established for in-country and third country training activities in 1989.
In November 2000, the Biologicals Production Service (BPS) of the Department of Health (DOH) was formally merged with the RITM. The BPS was established as a vaccine laboratory in the country, with the smallpox vaccine as its first product. The vaccine laboratory was later expanded to produce other vaccines as well as anti-sera.
The merger of RITM and BPS gave rise to a more comprehensive and logical approach in the control of infectious and/or tropical diseases through research and biologicals production.
In 2000, RITM was designated as the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for dengue, influenza, enteroviruses, measles and other viral exanthems, polio, tuberculosis and other mycobacteria, bacterial enteric diseases, mycology, emerging diseases, malaria and other parasites.
It is also the confirmatory testing laboratory of blood donor units for the National Voluntary Blood Services Program; the coordinating center for antimicrobial resistance surveillance; a provider of the National External Quality Assurance for Bacteriology, Parasitology and Mycobacteriology; and a WHO-recognized National Influenza Center.
Thirty years after its establishment, RITM has emerged as a center for excellence in health research using the tools available in epidemiology, clinical medicine supported by microbiology, parasitology, public health, virology, immunology, molecular biology, pathology and behavioral/social science.
To be relevant to the national health policy and strategy, the research efforts of the Institute have been directed towards the development of new diagnostic techniques, and effective and efficient strategies for the control of infectious and/or tropical diseases. Its research efforts are being disseminated through local and international publications, presented in various scientific meetings and submitted to the health policy-making bodies.
Locally and internationally recognized leading institution for research, training, clinical and diagnostic services, and biologicals production in infectious disease by 2022.
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Animal Bite Clinic
Schedule: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Registration time is from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Schedule: Monday to Friday (except holidays).
Registration cut off time is 9:00am. Consultation starts at 9:00am.
HIV Clinic (ARG Consultation Clinic)
Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Cut off time for receiving patient for consultation is 2:00pm
Schedule: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8am to 5pm
Clinic for General OPD cases
Schedule: Monday toMondays thru Fridays (except Thursdays and holidays).
Registration time is 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Consultation Time is 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Schedule: Monday to Sunday; 24 hours. Release of result: Wednesday and Friday
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Release of result: Wednesday and Friday (OPD patients)
Within 24 hours (Admitted patients)
You may download the list of available RITM laboratory services here.
Schedule: Monday to Sunday 24/7
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; 7:30am to 9:00am
You may view the list of RITM rental rates here.
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) stands as a beacon of scientific excellence in the Philippines. Through its research initiatives, diagnostic services, training programs, and international collaborations, RITM continues to shape the landscape of tropical medicine research and play a vital role in the nation's healthcare system.
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA
Research Institute for Tropical MedicineHeadquarters: 9002 Research Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Official Website: ritm.gov.ph
Facebook: Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
How to Get to RITM
- Ride any transportation going to Alabang.
- Get off at Starmall Alabang/Terminal Market.
- Walk/take a tricycle going to Muntinlupa Fire Station (near the Orange Building and Festival Mall)
- Ride a minivan/multicab, and tell the driver to drop you off at RITM.
For Private Vehicles
- From Manila and Laguna via SLEX:
Exit at Filinvest toll plaza. Turn left at Corporate Avenue. RITM is at the end of the road, right side.
- From Las Piñas (Alabang-Zapote road) and Cavite (via Daang Hari):
Take Commerce Avenue, turn right at Corporate Avenue, straight ahead, RITM is at the end of the road, right side.