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Social innovation: what works and why?
Riders for Health: Helping the government to reach the last mile. One of the most overlooked barriers to healthcare delivery is a lack of reliable, well-maintained transport.

From Filipino physician to global malaria advisor
Dr Leonard Ortega, the newly appointed team leader of technical support and capacity building at the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, comes from deep experience in the Philippines, Myanmar and the South East Asia region.

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World Health Assembly resolution to improve R&D financing and coordination

Delegates at this year’s World Health Assembly agreed to accelerate the development of the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development. This is part of an overall plan to identify gaps in research and development (R&D), especially for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries and attract little investment.

Analysing the impact of Ebola on health workers in Sierra Leone

A new study has been published that analyses the largest cluster of Ebola virus disease ever recorded in one group of health workers. The Clinical Infectious Diseases publication reinforces earlier studies that show the value of appropriate infection prevention and control practice measures.

Framework proposed for formal Caribbean network

Representatives from all Caribbean countries and territories have agreed on a draft framework for a formal vector-borne diseases network. The goal is to share critical data for emerging infections such as dengue and Zika viruses, develop research plans, and improve surveillance, diagnosis and control.

Enhanced informed consent form published

An enhanced informed consent template for clinical research is the result of a one-year TDR project to strengthen research ethics. Two journal articles provide results on its development, applicability and effectiveness.

Climate information for improving health outcomes

Health practitioners, researchers and policy-makers are coming together to review how climate information can be used to improve control of infectious diseases, nutrition and meteorological disasters. The 2016 Health and Climate Colloquium is being held at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University in New York 8-10 June, and is open to all via live web streaming.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

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This month we’re looking at the World Health Assembly resolution to improve R&D financing and coordination, progress against Ebola, social innovation in transportation for health care, expanding implementation/operational research support, and a number of useful reports and guidance.

A proposed plan for health R&D fund now available

Health Product Research & Development Fund: A proposal for financing and operation provides analysis on how to create a new, fairer system that de-links the cost of these products to their research and development (R&D).

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.