Welcome from ISID’s President
On behalf of the ISID Executive Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 20th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) hosted in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. The Programme will be 3 full days in length, and we hope that this Congress will be the most important global infectious diseases meeting of the year, something you will not want to miss out on. The outstanding Programme built by regional and international experts, focuses on the burden of infection in low- and middle- income countries which as we all know affect everyone ultimately.
Infectious diseases are all around us, just as they have been for centuries. The recent COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of the need for continued research, innovation, and funding in the field of infectious diseases. Each year, millions of people contract influenza while thousands more die from complications. HIV continues to spread amongst some patient populations, often resulting in co-infections of tuberculosis and pneumonia. News media outlets highlight devastating outbreaks of infectious diseases on a regular basis including Ebola Virus Disease, Zika Virus, avian influenza, and even Mpox, gripping public attention and sparking fear. Good science from all over the world is the key to understanding these diseases and planning effective public health responses.
The 20th ICID will offer a diverse, relevant, and cutting-edge Scientific Programme, numerous educational opportunities for students and researchers against the backdrop of a stunning city on the coast of Africa. Often described as the Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a rare cultural gem, with a rainbow population of locals and people from all over the world creating a rich cultural feast with plenty of opportunities to savor a unique way of life. The pristine surrounding areas also offer unparalleled nature experiences.
We invite you to start preparing now for what promises to be an unprecedented combination of science and destination. Together, we look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town in 2024 and sharing a wonderful educational and social experience with you!
With Kind Regards,
Professor Paul Tambyah