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Communities engaged in dengue vector control in Uruguay
Uruguay does not have dengue, but its proximity to neighboring countries where the disease is prevalent puts it at risk. However, a community approach to reducing breeding among the dengue-carrying mosquitoes is starting to pay off.


TDR 40 year anniversary collection published
PLOS NTD has published a 7-part collection on TDR’s 40 year history, highlighting profound changes in tropical disease research and showing how history has lessons for today and the future.

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Second round of IMPACT Grant awardees announced

Twenty-six IMPACT Grants have been awarded to investigators from 23 low- and middle-income countries. This almost doubles the numbers of grantees following the first round in 2013, and also increases the number of women involved to over 40%.

African Regional Training Centre selected

The University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH) in Legon, Accra, has been selected to be the African Regional Training Centre supported by TDR. This is the fifth centre in the TDR network, which are designed to expand and coordinate training courses across multiple countries, leading to improved use of health interventions.

New social innovation in health initiative launched

The social innovation in health initiative has been launched to identify innovative healthcare delivery solutions for preventing and controlling infectious diseases of poverty. The programme is set up to analyse what works well and identify research priorities to support their scale up and dissemination.

Community approaches recommended for Ebola control

In a recent WHO Bulletin article titled, “The Ebola epidemic: a transformative moment for global health,” the authors recommend implementing community-directed interventions like those developed out of TDR research.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This month we have a growing list of grant opportunities and news on valuable collaborations borne out of early TDR initiation. We say good-bye to our STAC chair and to staff member Solomon Nwaka, and have a fascinating profile of the early years of research capacity strengthening in Africa through the eyes of Thomas Nchinda.

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.