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 2018, the JCB consists of the following members:

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

  • Belgium
  • China
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Sweden
  • Constituency: Germany and Luxembourg
  • Constituency: India and Thailand
  • Constituency: Norway and Switzerland
  • Constituency: Panama and Spain
  • 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

  • Burkina Faso
  • Cuba
  • Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative
  • INDEPTH Network
  • 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 month we profile our youngest TDR Global member ever, report on new gender equity and social innovation initiatives, highlight critical research on a new drug for onchocerciasis, and review work in fairness and effectiveness of our support.

ORCID – connecting research and researchers

Rob Terry, TDR’s Knowledge Manager, explains why TDR now asks all its research partners to obtain their free unique ORCID iD for use in all grant and publication activities.

TDR Global - a new platform for research networking.

About TDR: Building the science of solutions

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a global programme of scientific collaboration established in 1975. Its focus is to improve the health and well-being of people burdened by infectious diseases of poverty through research and innovation. 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.