International collaboration is vital for RIVM. It enables us to keep abreast of the latest global research and innovative developments. It enhances and strengthens our knowledge base and, as a result, improves the quality of our research and policy advice. RIVM shares knowledge and expertise abroad. We participate in a wide range of international research and innovation projects to help solve some of the biggest societal challenges, for instance, climate change.
For more than 100 years, RIVM has been promoting public health and safeguarding a healthy and safe environment. We have a central role in infectious disease control, national prevention and population screening programmes and monitoring our population’s health and the state of our environment. We support citizens, professionals and national and local authorities in the challenge of keeping ourselves and our environment healthy, safe and sustainable. Our ambition is to be a trusted advisor using independent research as the basis for our advisory work. Below we present some of the global challenges we work on and elaborate on our tasks and international activities.
What we do
Information for refugees from Ukraine
RIVM has developed a dedicated website for Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands. This portal serves as a first point of access to our information about screening programmes, tuberculosis, vaccinations and more. The information is available in English, Ukrainian and Russian.
Quarterly international newsletter
Would you like to be kept informed of our work and activities? Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter. Read our international newsletter issue 4, 2022.
Number of tuberculosis patients in the Netherlands decreased slightly in 2022 compared to 2021
Less than half of Dutch people met the Physical Activity Guidelines in 2021
COVID-19 less severe due to Omicron variants, vaccinations and previous infections
Young people less likely to contact GP for mental health problems
The percentage of young people who report having mental health problems has hardly decreased since the last lockdown (in early 2022).