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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Unique training improving HIV and TB care in Pakistan

What is the connection between the smart phone application WhatsApp and improving diagnosis and treatment of HIV and tuberculosis? If you’re in the eastern Mediterranean region, it’s the new approach to implementation research training supported by TDR.

Call for Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee members

TDR invites nominations for membership on its Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). Several positions will become vacant in January 2018. Both third party and self-nominations are encouraged. Find out more about how you could contribute to this group of leading international experts. Deadline: 21 April 2017.

New Zika research in the American Region of WHO

Seventeen new research proposals aimed at identifying solutions to address the Zika virus will soon be starting in 7 Latin American countries. They range from identifying transmission risk factors to evaluating diagnostic tools and examining the use of prenatal counselling and contraceptives.

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.


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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.