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Atupele Kapito-Tembo

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Atupele Kapito-Tembo has worked with communities in Malawi on a range of health issues, and has developed a national network of women to help career development planning.


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TDR at American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

TDR-supported research will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, being held 6-9 November in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, a booth (no.221) will provide access to the new online implementation research toolkit, plus information about upcoming research and grants.

New online version of the TDR implementation research toolkit now available

The second edition of the TDR implementation research toolkit is now available in a new online version. This version goes deeper into the content, incorporates new learning, as well as feedback from the more than 200 researchers, academics, disease control programme managers, policy-makers, health administrators, communication specialists and journalists who have used the original version since 2014.

Reviewing progress on sterile insect technique to control dengue

New approaches to controlling mosquito vectors, particularly as they relate to dengue, were the subject of an African regional workshop held 23-27 October in Mauritius. New genetic control methods that strongly reduce the numbers of mosquito vector densities have been recommended for field trials by the independent Vector Control Advisory Group set up by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Lessons learnt on scaling-up measures to reduce dengue mosquito densities

Lessons learnt on TDR-supported studies scaling up interventions to reduce mosquito densities have been published. The studies examine the different types of scaling up possible, and provide examples from each of the 4 countries involved: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.

Recycling decreases mosquito densities in Uruguay

A TDR-sponsored study in Uruguay has been published showing recycling significantly reduces the densities of mosquitoes and cuts in half the routine control costs. The research was conducted to identify measures to prevent outbreaks of dengue, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

 


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

TDR is present at many events this month where we’re showcasing the latest research on dengue, schistosomiasis and onchocerciasis, as well as the new WHO global approach to controlling vectors. We also have a new online version of the implementation research toolkit, and additional resources to help increase the use of research for policy and practice changes.

Where does research fit in a post-truth world?

You might think that research evidence is less valued today if you pay attention to the global political discussions going on. It is certainly being questioned, and dismissed by some as being out of touch or biased. However, these questions, I believe, offer us new opportunities to look more carefully at what we do, and to learn from these challenges.

TDR Global, the new platform for research networking, is now live.

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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.