Social innovation: what works and why?
A community-centred research approach to find new Chagas disease solutions in Paraguay.

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Hannah Akuffo’s work in leprosy and leishmaniasis has created a deep commitment to strengthening research capacity in low-income countries.

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Call deadline extended: social innovations in health to profile

The Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) is looking for community-based solutions that are improving healthcare. Those selected will have a case study published and become a member of a growing initiative with national and global experts.

Final workshop on conducting clinical research during disease outbreaks

The second and final workshop of the inaugural Clinical Research During Outbreaks (CREDO) course was held in Addis Ababa on 12-13 July 2017. The workshop gathered 18 participants from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.

Climate change research findings provided for policy discussions in Africa

New TDR-supported research on climate change impact has produced evidence on how to increase resilience to diseases like malaria and schistosomiasis in 7 African countries. The results of this project have been summarized in policy briefs that are being used for further discussion and planning.

Developing multi-sectoral approaches to prevent and control vector-borne diseases

Researchers and representatives from institutions in more than 25 countries – half from low- and middle-income countries – and 10 United Nations organizations are working together to develop new multi-sectoral approaches to control diseases transmitted by vectors like mosquitoes and flies, called vector-borne diseases (VBDs).

West African implementation research approaches profiled

TDR’s work building capacity for implementation research in West Africa was presented to members of TDR’s Joint Coordinating Board (JCB) at the annual meeting in June. This includes a new West African regional network on tuberculosis, and training in Ghana that is being used to increase adoption of new health technologies.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

We have a new, 6-year strategy that begins next year. I’d like to explain what will be different and what approaches we will take that should result in more sustainable and equitable solutions.

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

Looking for an expert who has worked on some aspect of infectious diseases of poverty? Need a multi-disciplinary team? Would you like some additional exposure for your work?

Partnerships to address critical health issues

Partnership is key to TDR’s success. We could only accomplish what has been done by working with others. This has been a main tenent throughout our history, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by United Nations members even have a goal focused on this: Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

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.