Four women holding dengue and Chagas information leaflets, Yucatan, Mexico.

Reducing Chagas and dengue transmission
New community and environmentally-based approaches tested in the state of Yucatan in Mexico are helping to reduce vector-borne disease transmission.

Career Development Fellow profile
Dr Lyda Osorio has devoted her career to one mission: reducing the toll of neglected tropical diseases like malaria and dengue in her country, Colombia, and across Latin America.

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New implementation research funded in Western Pacific region

Twelve new proposals have been selected for the Joint TDR/ World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty. Projects are on malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and neglected tropical diseases such schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, and food-borne trematodes.

New handbook for dengue outbreak contingency planning

A new handbook has been published to help countries plan for dengue outbreaks. Produced by TDR with the World Health Organization, it provides the latest evidence on how best to establish early warning and response systems. A summary has also been published in PLOS NTD.

Strengthening the use of research in WHO European Region

The World Health Organization’s European Regional Office has committed to strengthening the use of evidence, information and research for policy-making. At their annual meeting held in September, a plan was approved, which includes promoting implementation research through vehicles such as TDR’s Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT).

New UN High-Level Panel report on access to medicines

A new report submitted to the UN Secretary-General has made several recommendations on how to improve research and development (R&D) of health technologies. The focus is specifically on investment with no or limited market incentives, which has led to under-development of critically needed new tools for many diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

Implementation research profiled at international conference

TDR’s support for implementation research is receiving major attention at the International Conference for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, being held in Brisbane, Australia. TDR Director John Reeder was the opening keynote speaker, and a special symposium is showcasing research results from projects in the Western Pacific and South East Asia regions.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

Our work this month provides several examples of the new Sustainable Development Goals in action. We’re providing a focus on vectors, environment and society research. This requires working with partners in many sectors and developing integrated approaches. Solutions for one disease are also working for others, such as with Zika virus disease, dengue and chikungunya.

Holistic research reducing vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika

Profile image of Florence Fouque, Vectors, environment and society research team leader.

More than 30 research projects are currently being funded, with about 100 students getting their Masters and PhD degrees as part of this work (many of them living in or near the communities at risk). One of our major projects has been studying how to help vulnerable African communities increase their resilience to diseases like malaria and sleeping sickness. These diseases are affected by climate change.

A new platform for research networking, to be launched in November 2016.

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.