Joint Coordinating Board (JCB)

The JCB is the top governing body of TDR. Its principal role is to coordinate the interests and responsibilities of all parties cooperating with TDR. The JCB meets annually to review TDR's activities, evaluate progress and plans, and determine TDR's budget.


Dr Modest Mulenga, Zambia (elected for 3 years at JCB40 in June 2017)

Vice chair

Dr Vic Arendt, Luxembourg (elected for 2 years at JCB40 in June 2017)

JCB annual sessions

The next annual session of the JCB will take place in Geneva from 18 to 20 June 2018.

The conclusions and recommendations from annual sessions of the JCB:

JCB membership

The JCB consists of 28 members. Membership was formerly for a three-year period but those selected for membership from 2009 onwards will serve for a period of 4 years. JCB members may be reappointed. As of January 2017, the JCB consists of the following members:

12 members represented by governments (including constituencies) selected by TDR resource contributors

  • Belgium
  • China
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Sweden
  • Constituency: Germany and Luxembourg
  • Constituency: Ghana and Nigeria
  • Constituency: India and Thailand
  • Constituency: Norway and Switzerland
  • Constituency: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America

6 governments selected by WHO Regional Committees

  • Afghanistan (EMRO)
  • Comoros (AFRO)
  • Fiji (WPRO)
  • Republic of Maldives (SEARO)
  • Republic of Moldova (EURO)
  • Suriname (AMRO)

6 other cooperating parties selected by the JCB

  • Armenia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cuba
  • Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative
  • Peru
  • Zambia

4 co-sponsors (permanent members)

  • UNDP
  • The World Bank
  • WHO

WHO Regional Offices: AFRO: Regional Office for Africa; AMRO: Regional Office for the Americas; EMRO: Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean; EURO: Regional Office for Europe; SEARO: Regional Office for South-East Asia; WPRO: Regional Office for the Western Pacific

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.

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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.