TDR history: making a difference since 1974
"TDR uses the tools of scientific investigation to understand why good drugs, good diagnostic tests, and good preventive strategies fail to reach people in need. In other words, to find the barriers to access, including costs, in impoverished settings and break them down.”
Dr Margaret Chan Director-General, the World Health Organization
TDR’s rich legacy began with the agreement at the World Health Assembly in May, 1974 to set up the programme. Since then, TDR has provided the most vulnerable communities in the world with new prevention strategies, treatments and approaches. It has also significantly strengthened research capacity in those countries.
A FEW KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
Provided research evidence to five major elimination campaigns for neglected diseases. Been part of the development of 12 new drugs. Helped to establish the effectiveness of insecticide-treated bednets and artemisinin combination therapy, now the mainstay of malaria control and treatment. Identified social and gender barriers that impede access to treatment and care. Provided evidence of the strength of communities in extending the health systems, starting with river blindness annual treatments, going on to diagnose and treat malaria, and to prevent dengue and Chagas disease transmission. Trained thousands of researchers in just about every low- and middle-income country, many of the scientific leaders and policy-makers are former TDR grantees.
PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES ON TDR’S HISTORY
Special PLOS Collection on TDR 40 year history
In a special PLOS journal collection (January 2015), TDR former and current staff provide their views on key challenges and lessons learned during the 40 year history, and explain how and why the approaches and workplans changed through time. This includes the type of research supported, the way it was conducted and even the diseases covered. As the needs in the countries evolved, so too has the Programme.
Read the whole PLOS NTD collection on the TDR 40 year history
- What have we learned from 40 years of supporting research and capacity building?
- Shaping the research agenda
- A changing model for developing health products for poverty-related infectious diseases
- From bright ideas to tools: the case of malaria
- Vector research addressing countries’ control needs
- Applied research for better disease prevention and control
- Strengthening research capacity - TDR's evolving experience in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Making a difference in tropical diseases
Making a difference: 30 years of TDR
Eliminating river blindness, highlights from making a difference
TDR’s contribution toward the development of ivermectin
Reaching Maturity: 25 years of the TDR
- More publications about TDR