About us

TDR, 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.”

Key documents

Key publications

News from TDR Director, John Reeder

It’s with particular pleasure that I share with you this month several examples of long-term research commitments that are paying off in numerous ways. These cover improving childhood malaria, reducing congenital syphilis, and managing arboviruses like dengue, Zika virus and chikungunya.

TDR Global, the new platform for research networking, is now live.

Looking for an expert who has worked on some aspect of infectious diseases of poverty? Need a multi-disciplinary team? Would you like some additional exposure for your work?

Research on community-based health workers needed

In collaboration with the WHO Health Workforce Department, we are highlighting the importance of research on community-based health workers (CHWs) in an editorial in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. We have identified 5 key issues for consideration to build the evidence base.

About TDR: making a difference

TDR, 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. TDR 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.