Reducing Chagas and dengue transmission
New community and environmentally-based approaches tested in the state of Yucatan in Mexico are helping to reduce vector-borne disease transmission.
Career Development Fellow profile
Dr Lyda Osorio has devoted her career to one mission: reducing the toll of neglected tropical diseases like malaria and dengue in her country, Colombia, and across Latin America.
National research and control experts are meeting to review how to scale up new methods for reducing the transmission of dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus disease. Research results on dengue offer promise for all 3 diseases, since they share a common vector, the Aedes species mosquito.
It was with deep sadness that we received the news of the death of 2 colleagues who have been valuable TDR partners. Donald Ainslie (DA) Henderson, who spearheaded smallpox eradication, and Pamela Hartigan, a leader in social innovation who helped us launch our initiative in this area, will be sorely missed for their generosity and expertise.
A symposium on climate change and health in Africa is being held on 3 September in Rome at this year’s Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. TDR’s Bernadette Ramirez is co-chairing this event that covers challenges with water-borne and vector-borne diseases.
A new West African network is building local research skills. In line with the End-TB Strategy, the focus is on developing more effective approaches to TB care, using implementation and operational research to investigate barriers and design new solutions for individual countries and the entire sub-region.
Critical research needed for completing the final phase of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Bangladesh, India and Nepal has been published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The systematic literature review identified the need to understand the potential of asymptomatic cases and post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) to block further progress.