Research gap analysis
TDR helps countries identify research priorities based on evidence. To do that, we bring people together to review and analyse studies and outcomes. We work with policy-makers in the low- and middle-income countries, the research community and funding agencies. TDR provides a neutral platform where the full range of evidence and options can be discussed and actions planned.
TDR created 10 Disease-specific and Thematic Reference Groups (DRGs/TRGs), comprising internationally recognized experts and hosted by WHO country offices. These reference groups systematically reviewed and debated the evidence on the diseases of poverty and the themes cutting across them to identify research priorities.
This work fed into the development of the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty, which was designed to help groups identify emerging research priorities, improve current research prioritization processes, guide investment strategies and enhance commitment to using research to promote global health equity.
The report includes 10 reasons to conduct research and 5 high level actions for funders and policy-makers:
- Create a new index of infectious diseases of poverty that would merge economic and health data to serve as a more accurate marker of national socioeconomic development.
- Implement a “One Health, One World” strategy to foster essential multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches.
- Promote research ownership by disease endemic countries.
- Foster a culture of innovation within countries burdened by infectious diseases.
- Create an online global platform on health research resources (financial and non-financial) that funders and policy-makers can use to develop their own priorities and strategies to support research on infectious diseases of poverty.