Governance

TDR is co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO, and operates within a broad framework of intergovernmental and interagency cooperation and participation.

TDR is governed by three bodies:

The executing agency is the World Health Organization (WHO).

Relevant governance documents

Memorandum of Understanding; Resolutions of the World Health Assembly (WHA) and Executive Board of WHO; Joint Coordinating Board procedures and decisions; Standard operating procedures and Terms of reference of TDR’s governing bodies.

News from TDR Director, John Reeder

The Zika and Ebola outbreaks have highlighted how critical a fully coordinated approach, from basic science to community research, is to manage these global threats. This month we have a number of examples of how TDR is supporting this approach. We’re also providing an update on the expansion of our health and environment research, and noting some upcoming meetings to discuss TDR’s report to the World Health Assembly on how a research and development fund could be set up for diseases of poverty.

A proposed plan for health R&D fund now available

Health Product Research & Development Fund: A proposal for financing and operation provides analysis on how to create a new, fairer system that de-links the cost of these products to their research and development (R&D).

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.