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.

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A career investigating malaria parasite drug resistance
For some kids, it’s outer space, for others dinosaurs. But for a Sudanese boy by the name of Gehad el-Ghazali, it was the human body — how it works and why, the cells and circuits, the muscles and blood — that sparked an early interest in science.

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Finding a faster and more effective way to test Ebola treatments

A new paper published in PLOS Medicine finds that the use of a multi-stage approach to experimental drug evaluation can reach a conclusion on drug safety and effectiveness faster than with the traditional randomized control trial (RCT). The results provide valuable evidence for the fast-tracking of trials for the Ebola outbreak in western Africa.

Workshop on how to expand research data sharing

‘Data is power’ was the sentiment of the opening address by Susan Veldsman, from the Academy of Science of South Africa at a recent workshop on research data sharing held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The consensus among the more than 65 African and international experts was that Africa can benefit if equitable terms and funding can be established.

Research plans endorsed at TDR annual scientific and technical review

“Full steam ahead” was the theme at this year’s annual meeting of TDR’s 13-member Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), where members endorsed the updates on work for 2014/15 as well as the plans for 2016/17. The meeting was overseen by a new Chair, Professor Charles Mgone, who is the Executive Director of EDCTP, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership.

New funding to increase capacity for Ebola outbreak research

A new call for proposals to increase research capacity is now available from EDCTP, TDR and MRC-UK. The call is intended to support projects that will develop and strengthen research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa to conduct high quality health research during infectious disease emergencies such as the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

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This month we are seeing the fruits of several TDR initiatives that are being taken up and expanded. This includes the transfer of the onchocerciasis treatment moxidectin to an Australian company for registration, a new guide for strengthening community health care worker programmes, and a very positive independent evaluation of SORT IT, the operational research and training programme.

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.