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For 50 years, the AFRIMS has been a benchmark of success in tropical infectious disease research and development. Founded as the SEATO laboratory to help combat a cholera outbreak it was renamed AFRIMS in 1977. It has acquired new disease research missions and has refocused many times to meet new challenges. We now have programs in Enteric Diseases (infectious causes of diarrhea), malaria vaccine and drug research, viral diseases especially dengue fever and hepatitis, an Entomology department dedicated study of disease vectors and the Retrovirology department which has been organized to execute vaccine studies for the HIV-AIDS virus. A recently initiated program to monitor new, emerging disease threats as a part of a Global Emerging Diseases Surveillance system is now underway.

AFRIMS has many unique features – strengths responsible for its continued success. It has a dual Royal Thai Army and US Army Command with the American Component being a special foreign activity of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC. AFRIMS biggest asset, the over 300 members of the combined staff, are a highly integrated group of US and Thai military and civilians from both countries. The US Component Commander is on the US Ambassador’s Country Team for Thailand and provides advice to the country team on biomedical issues.

Recent Activities at AFRIMS
AFRIMS recent activities HIV Vaccine Study First to show effectiveness AFRIMS on Dengue at Voice of America AFRIMS on Malaria in New York Times AFRIMS researchers instructed 104 medical cadets from Phramongkutklao College of Medicine AFRIMS hosts infectious diseae surveillance workshop for laos PDR lab technicians AFRIMS concludes Pilat Malaria Prophylaxis clinical trial in Cambodia Dr. Rampa Rattanarathiul received the Belkin Award, The highest honor given by the AMCA Dedication and opening of joint AFPMC AFRIMS molecular laboratory in the Phillippines NBC shows story on drug resistant malaria on the Thai-Cambodia border in Cambodia Malaria Vaccine: Inside look at first human trial from BBC news HVRC opening ceremony Change of Command 2015 AFRIMS leaders join "Bike For Mom 2015" event US Embassy Employee of the Month Public Release of Joint Concept of Health Services Public Release of Joint Concept of Health Services more AFRIMS activities

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