BNITM is Germany's largest institution for research, care and teaching in the field of tropical and emerging infectious diseases. BNITM research priorities have always been considered under the aspect of Global Health as well as translation - the transfer of basic research into application.
Current thematic focus areas include malaria, hemorrhagic fever viruses, neglected tropical diseases, immunology, epidemiology and the clinic of tropical infections, and mechanisms of transmission of viruses by mosquitoes. For handling highly pathogenic viruses and infected insects, the institute has laboratories of the highest biological safety level (BSL4) and a safety insectarium (BSL3). BNITM's mobile laboratories are available for global outbreak control of highly pathogenic or highly infectious viruses.
BNITM is the National Reference Center for the Detection of All Tropical Infectious Agents and WHO Collaborating Center for Arboviruses and Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses and is an institute in the Leibniz Association.
Together with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and the University of Kumasi, it operates a modern research and training center in the West African rainforest, which is also available to external working groups. The institute also maintains numerous other collaborations in other African countries, including Gabon, Nigeria, Tanzania and Madagascar.