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.
Twelve new proposals have been selected for the Joint TDR/ World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty. Projects are on malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and neglected tropical diseases such schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, and food-borne trematodes.
A new handbook has been published to help countries plan for dengue outbreaks. Produced by TDR with the World Health Organization, it provides the latest evidence on how best to establish early warning and response systems. A summary has also been published in PLOS NTD.
The World Health Organization’s European Regional Office has committed to strengthening the use of evidence, information and research for policy-making. At their annual meeting held in September, a plan was approved, which includes promoting implementation research through vehicles such as TDR’s Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT).
A new report submitted to the UN Secretary-General has made several recommendations on how to improve research and development (R&D) of health technologies. The focus is specifically on investment with no or limited market incentives, which has led to under-development of critically needed new tools for many diseases in low- and middle-income countries.
TDR’s support for implementation research is receiving major attention at the International Conference for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, being held in Brisbane, Australia. TDR Director John Reeder was the opening keynote speaker, and a special symposium is showcasing research results from projects in the Western Pacific and South East Asia regions.