Benin training of mock informed consent
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A decade-long clinical trial of a new anti-tuberculosis drug regimen has helped strengthen research capacity in national control programmes and their reference laboratories in three West African countries, Benin, Guinea Conakry and Senegal.

Cameroonian scientist Christian Happi, an expert in molecular biology and genomics, is providing key support to the current Ebola outbreak and helping build Africa’s intellectual infrastructure.

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TB shortening treatment clinical trial results published

23 October 2014 -- A clinical drug trial conducted in five Sub-Sahara African countries shows that a shortened (4-month) treatment for tuberculosis (TB) is well tolerated and may work well in subsets of TB patients, but overall could not be considered as an alternative to the current 6-month standard treatment. The results of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine 23 October.

Who pays? How to reduce scientific publishing costs for low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries

3 October 2014 -- Recommendations for ways to reduce scientific publication costs for both institutions and individuals in low- and middle-income countries have been published in the journal Public Health Action. The article addresses both the high costs of closed journals, as well as offering some options for covering the costs of publishing in open access journals.

TDR at Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

26 September 2014 -- The third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research is being held 30 September to 3 October in Cape Town.

West African research training opportunities now online

25 September 2014 -- A new internet platform that lists training opportunities and other important research management information in West Africa is now available. West Africa Health Research Web (WAHRWeb) is a database and an announcement platform for research capacity training opportunities like ethics, grant writing, and clinical trials management for the 15 countries of the West African Health Organization (WAHO).

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This month we’re pleased to announce the long-awaited return of the training grants. Continuing our commitment to building research capacity is important, particularly when you see the challenges now going on with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The kinds of skills and experiences that these scientists receive can be used for a variety of purposes, like you’ll see in our feature on Ebola.

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.