Social innovation: what works and why?
A community-centred research approach to find new Chagas disease solutions in Paraguay.

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Margaret Gyapong’s lifelong passion for the sociocultural aspects of health has helped Ghana and many other countries control infectious diseases.

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Call for innovation and integrated approaches for malaria eradication

A malaria eradication research agenda has been published in PLOS Medicine. The 7 papers are the output of a broad consultation that involved more than 180 scientists, malaria programme leaders and policy-makers, including experts trained by TDR.

Documenting a research partnership model to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis

The positive impact of tightly integrating research with control has been documented in the campaign to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis on the Indian sub-continent. A PLOS NTD paper analysing the output of TDR’s long-term research commitments provides lessons learnt in how to make a major impact.

Social Innovation in Health Initiative update

The TDR-initiated Social Innovation in Health Initiative, SIHI, is expanding in both size and scope. New innovations have been selected for further research, and one of the funding partners has a new director.

World Malaria Report calls for new ways to eliminate malaria

This year’s annual World Malaria Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) has documented increasing numbers of countries moving toward elimination of the disease, while also noting the need for new approaches to re-ignite stalled progress in many other areas.

New global commitment to end tuberculosis requires research support

Urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 has been agreed at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in Moscow. The conference, opened by President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation together with Amina J Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, brought together delegates from 114 countries.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This has been an important month for TDR, bringing together several key committees and partners to review our practices and plans for the next biennium. This has included our WHO regional focal points, one of our scientific working groups, and the regional training centres. Each of these committee members provides valuable feedback and ideas, so we are very thankful for their role in helping TDR accomplish so much.

Where does research fit in a post-truth world?

You might think that research evidence is less valued today if you pay attention to the global political discussions going on. It is certainly being questioned, and dismissed by some as being out of touch or biased. However, these questions, I believe, offer us new opportunities to look more carefully at what we do, and to learn from these challenges.

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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.