Four women holding dengue and Chagas information leaflets, Yucatan, Mexico.

Reducing Chagas and dengue transmission
New community and environmentally-based approaches tested in the state of Yucatan in Mexico are helping to reduce vector-borne disease transmission.

Career Development Fellow profile
Dr Lyda Osorio has devoted her career to one mission: reducing the toll of neglected tropical diseases like malaria and dengue in her country, Colombia, and across Latin America.


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New approaches to address the dengue, chikungunya and Zika crises

National research and control experts are meeting to review how to scale up new methods for reducing the transmission of dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus disease. Research results on dengue offer promise for all 3 diseases, since they share a common vector, the Aedes species mosquito.

Memorial to two TDR friends

It was with deep sadness that we received the news of the death of 2 colleagues who have been valuable TDR partners. Donald Ainslie (DA) Henderson, who spearheaded smallpox eradication, and Pamela Hartigan, a leader in social innovation who helped us launch our initiative in this area, will be sorely missed for their generosity and expertise.

Climate change and health research profiled at international conference

A symposium on climate change and health in Africa is being held on 3 September in Rome at this year’s Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. TDR’s Bernadette Ramirez is co-chairing this event that covers challenges with water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

Cultivating tuberculosis research locally produced in West Africa

A new West African network is building local research skills. In line with the End-TB Strategy, the focus is on developing more effective approaches to TB care, using implementation and operational research to investigate barriers and design new solutions for individual countries and the entire sub-region.

Sustainable visceral leishmaniasis elimination requires research on infection reservoirs

Critical research needed for completing the final phase of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Bangladesh, India and Nepal has been published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The systematic literature review identified the need to understand the potential of asymptomatic cases and post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) to block further progress.

 


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This has been the month for annual review and planning for the future with our Joint Coordinating Board. We also have updates on environmental health research, how implementation research is helping India with tuberculosis, and the critical role diagnostics play in reducing epilepsy in many countries.

Holistic research reducing vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika

Profile image of Florence Fouque, Vectors, environment and society research team leader.

More than 30 research projects are currently being funded, with about 100 students getting their Masters and PhD degrees as part of this work (many of them living in or near the communities at risk). One of our major projects has been studying how to help vulnerable African communities increase their resilience to diseases like malaria and sleeping sickness. These diseases are affected by climate change.

A new platform for research networking, to be launched in November 2016.

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.