Social innovation: what works and why?
Watch a video about how communities and the Indian government are using new technology to monitor and track whether outcomes are achieved for people affected by tuberculosis.

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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A call for operational research for malaria

The Malaria Journal has published a commentary on the need to build capacity for operational research. During this year’s observation of the World Malaria Day, the commentary explains how operational research could help meet the goals of the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030.

Clinical trial results of therapeutic drug for Ebola published

The full results of a therapeutic drug clinical trial for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) completed during the 2015 West African outbreak have been published. The study found that TKM-130803, an experimental drug prioritised by the World Health Organization, did not improve the outcome for patients when compared to historic controls.

TDR report recommendations for potential pooled fund to be discussed

A new report by TDR on how a pooled fund for health product research and development (R&D) could be set up under the governance of the World Health Organization (WHO) is being presented and discussed at several upcoming meetings – on 21 April at the Geneva Health Forum, at a special meeting of the WHO Member States 2-4 May, and at the World Health Assembly 23-28 May.

Social innovation projects profiled at Geneva Health Forum

Three of the 24 social innovation projects selected by TDR and its partners for case study research and sharing lessons learnt are being profiled at an international conference. The event is being held 20-21 April at the Geneva Health Forum.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

The Zika and Ebola outbreaks have highlighted how critical a fully coordinated approach, from basic science to community research, is to manage these global threats. This month we have a number of examples of how TDR is supporting this approach. We’re also providing an update on the expansion of our health and environment research, and noting some upcoming meetings to discuss TDR’s report to the World Health Assembly on how a research and development fund could be set up for diseases of poverty.

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.