Social innovation for health: a call for global action
The World Health Organization has called for a more coordinated global support to expand the use of social innovations. Work is underway to identify what works and what does not.

Alumni profile: Scientist, advocate, teacher, tweeter
American Bill Brieger lived and worked in Africa for more than two decades conducting pivotal research into how communities can better manage illnesses like malaria and river blindness.

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Ebola grantees begin collaborations

Grantees recently selected to conduct a range of research from basic science to implementation research are meeting 10-11 February in Ghana to identify collaborations and finalize project plans.

Ebola clinical trial designs published

The methodology of two clinical trials of potential Ebola virus disease treatments have been published. The studies were designed to recruit patients quickly in the midst of the epidemic, and the paper reflects on the challenges and the lessons learnt for how to conduct clinical research in future infectious disease outbreaks.

New WHO global health analysis reinforces research as key driver

The World Health Organization has released a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years. Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs reviews the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and recommends actions for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came into effect 1 January 2016.

Reporting guidelines published for implementation and operational research

New reporting guidelines have been published for the growing area of implementation and operational research. The field utilises a range of different research designs, so existing reporting guidelines only partially cover the need for guidance. Wide consultation through the World Health Organization (WHO), the Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research (AHPSR) and TDR resulted in these recommendations.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

It’s time for thanks – to the incredible researchers who have produced valuable research, to our many reviewers who help us in our work, to our donors and our many supporters. This month we also have updates on climate change research, social innovation in health, and eliminating visceral leishmaniasis.

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.