About us

Making a difference

TDR is celebrating 40 years since the World Health Assembly Member States called for a programme like TDR to be established.

Find out more about TDR’s history and achievements with this video (5 minutes).

TDR's anniversary activities taking place in 2014.

TDR is the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.

Our vision

“The power of research and innovation will improve the health and well-being of those burdened by infectious diseases of poverty.”

Our Mission

“To foster an effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty and promote the translation of innovation to health impact in disease endemic countries.”

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