About us

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. It 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.

Our vision

“The power of research and innovation will improve the health and well-being of those burdened by infectious diseases of poverty.”

Our Mission

“To foster an effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty and promote the translation of innovation to health impact in disease endemic countries.”

Key documents

Key publications

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.

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?

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.