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

Our work this month provides several examples of the new Sustainable Development Goals in action. We’re providing a focus on vectors, environment and society research. This requires working with partners in many sectors and developing integrated approaches. Solutions for one disease are also working for others, such as with Zika virus disease, dengue and chikungunya.

Holistic research reducing vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika

Profile image of Florence Fouque, Vectors, environment and society research team leader.

More than 30 research projects are currently being funded, with about 100 students getting their Masters and PhD degrees as part of this work (many of them living in or near the communities at risk). One of our major projects has been studying how to help vulnerable African communities increase their resilience to diseases like malaria and sleeping sickness. These diseases are affected by climate change.

A new platform for research networking, to be launched in November 2016.

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.