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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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Operational research identifies new ways forward post-Ebola

After one of the largest Ebola virus outbreaks in history took a devastating toll on lives and health systems, results from research studies in Liberia and Sierra Leone are informing health recovery plans and showing ways to improve services.

Pooling patient data could improve VL treatment options

The findings of a systematic literature review, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, suggest that that there is sufficient data to justify a dedicated data platform on visceral leishmaniasis clinical trials. Combining patient data would give scientists and clinicians more tools to understand and treat the disease which can be fatal if untreated.

Rectal artesunate suppositories launched for severe malaria in young children

Cipla Ltd, a global pharmaceutical company, and MMV have announced the launch of 100 mg Artesunate Rectocaps/Rectal Artesunate Suppositories (RAS), a life-saving, pre-referral intervention for the management of severe malaria in young children.

Operational research identifies new ways forward post-Ebola

A supplement of 16 articles on lessons learned in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone has been published in Public Health Action. The studies were developed out of the TDR supported structured operational research and training (SORT IT) workshop, and provide valuable lessons for strengthening the health system.

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.


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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 at Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town

TDR will have a strong presence at the first Global Evidence Summit, being held in Cape Town, South Africa, 13-16 September. Four different sessions are scheduled, 16 participants from low- and middle-income countries have been supported to attend, and TDR will be at Booth 12 with information about knowledge management and research uptake activities.

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.