I am pleased to be starting a regular series of updates from my perspective – on what’s new, what’s coming up, or perhaps a few details on something you may have heard about and be interested to find out more. This month, I’d like to focus on the evolution of our research capacity building programme – the types of support we are offering and the restructuring of the team.
Can using health research evidence improve policies and practice? EVIPNet is working to show it can, and its growth through regional networks throughout the world is starting to show results. A recent overview at the World Health Assembly provides a look at the progress.
A child dies from malaria every minute, with nine out of every 10 malaria deaths worldwide occurring in Africa. Work is underway to eliminate malaria; two projects started at TDR and now being developed in The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Malaria Programme (GMP) highlight the central role of research in tackling such diseases and show how TDR can work: by initiating the research that provides evidence for both policy and practice.
A new environmental and community approach to reducing the numbers of mosquitoes that carry dengue has been detailed in a supplement of 8 new research articles published in Pathogens and Global Health. Six research institutions in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand have shown that working with communities and other partners led to a range of effective solutions that used fewer pesticides and were customized to that region’s needs.
18 July 2013
Twelve new fellows from developing countries completed their Career Development Fellowships (CDF) with pharmaceutical and research institute partners this year. There they developed specialized skills not readily taught in academic centres to take home to lead major R&D projects. Read what one of the fellows from Zimbabwe is doing to help HIV infected and affected school-age children in Botswana.
10 June 2013
TDR is currently seeking a person for the position of Coordinator, Research Capacity Strengthening and Knowledge Management. This is a senior level position reporting to the Director. The full description and application process is available on the WHO website.
7 June 2013
A project management course developed by TDR has been taken up by other organizations and is making an impact in several regions. It was initially aimed at TDR grantees for their biomedical research, but other organizations began asking to use it and since then, its application has expanded to Latin America, Africa and the eastern Mediterranean region for both biomedical and other health research projects.