The Ebola outbreaks in West Africa have initiated much needed international support. Research plays a critical role, and TDR staff and alumni are providing resources to help in these efforts.

Cameroonian scientist Christian Happi, an expert in molecular biology and genomics, is providing key support to the current Ebola outbreak and helping build Africa’s intellectual infrastructure.

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West African research training opportunities now online

25 September 2014 -- A new internet platform that lists training opportunities and other important research management information in West Africa is now available. West Africa Health Research Web (WAHRWeb) is a database and an announcement platform for research capacity training opportunities like ethics, grant writing, and clinical trials management for the 15 countries of the West African Health Organization (WAHO).

Ebola virus genome sequencing data published

23 September 2014 -- An international team of researchers have published genome sequencing data to help the international efforts now underway to control the Ebola outbreak. They have noted rapid mutations that could affect current diagnostics, vaccines and therapies, and say it is imperative to monitor the viral changes and adaption.

Ebola treatment trials to be fast-tracked in West Africa

23 September 2014 -- Investigational Ebola treatments are to be tested in West Africa for the first time as part of an international initiative to fast-track trials of the most promising drugs, for the disease that has already led to over 2 600 deaths.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

September 2014

This month we’re pleased to announce the long-awaited return of the training grants. Continuing our commitment to building research capacity is important, particularly when you see the challenges now going on with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The kinds of skills and experiences that these scientists receive can be used for a variety of purposes, like you’ll see in our feature on Ebola.

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.