Social innovation: what works and why?
Partners in Leprosy Action works in the Philippines to treat leprosy and reduce stigma. Find out more and watch a video.

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Rose Leke first made her mark in the 1990s by investigating the immunology of parasitic infections, particularly malaria, and went on to become an international leader and mentor to women scientists.

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Remembering Dr David Baldry

Dr David Baldry passed away 14 January, one day short of turning 81. If onchocerciasis can be eliminated, and people could settle in fertile lands that they had deserted because of river blindness, it is in good part thanks to Dr Baldry’s unique contribution and dedication.

Connecting dots: delivering technologies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

The links between health research and development and the effective access and delivery of new health technologies in low- and middle-income countries were discussed Monday in Bangkok. Two panels of experts at a side event of the annual Prince Mahidol Award Conference were organized by TDR, UNDP, PATH and the government of Japan.

What types of evidence are useful for policy and practice?

A new paper provides some insights from practitioners, funders and policy-makers on what kind of evidence is useful to them. The qualitative study, partially funded by TDR, covered both research and evaluation. It resulted in 5 strategies offered for improvement.

Benin and Guinea: Reducing the impact of TB during pregnancy

In Benin and Guinea, two teams of researchers supported by TDR and the Damien Foundation are investigating how to increase early detection of tuberculosis (TB) among women cared for in prenatal clinics and in centres specialized in the care of pregnant women living with HIV.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

We’re starting off the new year with some exciting research on Zika virus. There’s also news on reducing the impact of tuberculosis during pregnancy and updates on social innovation research and visceral leishmaniasis elimination.

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?

The challenges of disease elimination – the example of visceral leishmaniasis

Progress towards the elimination of a neglected tropical disease from a country can sometimes be a curse. It’s easily interpreted that there is no longer any need to address the health problem, and limited resources are redirected to the next priority.

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.