WHO recently announced the launch of a comprehensive research programme to investigate the unresolved issues regarding travellers' thrombosis.
The study will include epidemiological, pathophysiological and clinical studies,the first of which are expected to commence shortly.Preliminary results from some of the studies will be available within a year although the full programme will take up to four years to complete.
Full funding for the first phase of the programme has now been secured,with the confirmation today that the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain will contribute EUR [euro] 1.8 million (US$1.7 million equivalent)to the project in the first two years.Additional funding is anticipated from the European Commission and negotiations are continuing with other governments about funding for the second phase.
The research programme aims to determine he frequency and causes of travellers' thrombosis,to identify who is at greatest risk and what may be done to prevent it.The research will be carried out by experts from several countries.It includes studies in three principal areas:
* Epidemiological studies will assess the frequency of occurrence of thrombosis among travellers and identify which groups are most at...