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African-German Research Networks

In its initiative “Research networks for health innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports five African-German research networks. The ministry will provide 50 million Euros until 2020. All networks are coordinated locally by African scientists, with contacts in Germany. Dr. Fabian Leendertz from the Robert Koch-Institute will be responsible for the “African Network for Improvements in Diagnostics, Epidemiology and Management of Common Diseases” (ANDEMIA). The scientist runs the RKI project group “Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms” and has been researching pathogens at the human-animal interface in West Africa for many years. Recently, he and his colleagues were able to narrow down the probable source of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak; their results were published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine. Researches from Ivory coast, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa participate in ANDEMIA, coordinated by Professor Chantal Akoua-Koffi from Ivory Coast. “By closely working with universities and other facilities, the research networks are to strengthen educational and health systems in the African countries”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research says in a press release.

Date: 10.07.2015


Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Electron microscopy of Ebola viruses (coloured). Source: Hans Gelderblom/RKI

The Robert Koch Institute gives recommendations for doctors and public health experts dealing with Ebola virus disease (EVD). Key documents are also provided in English.


Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Scanning electron microscopy. Bar = 1 µm. Quelle: Gudrun Holland 2013/RKI

The Robert Koch Institute provides online information on tuberculosis.

International activities

Bacillus anthracis. Source: RKI

The Robert Koch Institute participates in large European research projects and co-operations in the fields of prevention of infections as well as health monitoring, for example REACT or EHES.

Course offering on biological hazards

Electron microscope. Source: RKI

The Robert Koch Institute offers international courses and workshops on biological hazards.

German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults

Logo of the German Health Study for Adults (DEGS). Source: © RKI

The Robert Koch-Institute regularly conducts and publishes the “German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults”, an on-going assessment and analysis of the health condition of the German adult population.