Established through Executive Order (EO) 674, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is a research facility of the Department of Health aimed to advance health and conduct medical research programs for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment o occurring contagious tropical diseases in the Philippines. This included studies that concerning the development of vaccines and medicine utilized healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses for the prevention and treatment of communicable tropical illnesses and infections. RITM also conducts medical training for healthcare workers to abreast them of the latest discoveries and trends in the management of tropical transmittable diseases. It also offers quick laboratory response when epidemic happens especially for rising and recurring infections such as dengue, which had been a perennial health problem in the Philippines during rainy season. The development of plans and research programs such as the formulation and distribution of biological products and vaccines also forms part of the functions of the institute.
The Dermatology section of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) was founded in 1992 and is currently headed by Dr. Rose Aplasca de los Reyes. The Derma section of RITM is design to conduct research, training and educational campaign for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common skin disorders. It is especially dedicated to provide well-balanced training programs for its residents in order to develop determined, unwavering and dutiful leaders, consultants, residents and other healthcare experts in Dermatology. RITM dermatology section aims to provide positive skin health care to its patients through training, service and research. It also offers opportunities for educational and professional advancement in the field of Dermatology.
RITM Dermatology section is a full service arm of the department of health that provide a wide variety of dermatological care services. It conducts diagnostic tests such as patch Testing, Gram stain / Culture & Sensitivity, Wood’s lamp, Tzanck smear and Leprosy Laboratory among others. It provided dermatologic treatment and rehabilitation therapies such as acne Surgery, chemical Peels, Electrocautery, Biopsy, Incision and drainage Curettage and Sclerotherapy among others. It also provides Phototherapy Treatment like Narrow-band UVB machine and Laser treatment like CO2 laser. Finally, it offers residency training programs for healthcare professionals who want to specialize in dermatology. The Dermatology section of RITM is located at Department of Health Compound, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines.