25 healthcare delivery innovations selected for research and international recognition
Social innovations across Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America have been selected for further research, exposure and support, as part of a new TDR initiative.

Alumni profile:
Translating scientific knowledge into policies
In Nigeria, Dr Jesse Uneke has developed workshops and a mentorship programme that is starting to pay off with increased awareness and use of research evidence for health systems policies.


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Regional Training Centers

TDR’s mission has always been two-fold: to develop new tools and strategies, but also to strengthen research capacity and leadership in disease endemic countries. And in pursuing the latter, TDR has in recent years taken a new tack, equipping institutions in each of the six WHO regions to coordinate training courses across multiple countries, leading to improved use of health interventions where those interventions are most needed.

TDR 2016-17 budget approved

TDR’s Joint Coordinating Board (JCB) has endorsed the 2016-17 projected biennium budget of US$ 45-55 million. The workplan expands support for training, increases research that addresses obstacles to disease control and elimination, and continues a major study on health-related climate change vulnerabilities in low-income countries.

Strengthening safety surveillance in seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaigns in Africa

Eight countries in the African Sahel subregion are initiating a large-scale distribution of malaria medicines to all children under the age of 5 to prevent malaria during the high transmission season. An essential element is ensuring that drug safety is carefully monitored, and TDR is working with partners to identify new approaches and support the countries to strengthen pharmacovigilance.

New study finds majority of TDR postgraduate grantees return home

TDR’s postgraduate training support sometimes requires grantees to move to another country for their degree, but a new study has found that they return home and find productive jobs at a much higher rate than other grant-funding organizations in Europe.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This is an extremely busy and productive time for us and for the many people from around the globe who are applying for TDR grants. The number we have funded or are about to fund is at an all-time high, with new approaches such as collaborating with 7 universities for postgraduate training, and developing a new pooled fund for research and development.

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.