Communities engaged in dengue vector control in Uruguay
Uruguay does not have dengue, but its proximity to neighboring countries where the disease is prevalent puts it at risk. However, a community approach to reducing breeding among the dengue-carrying mosquitoes is starting to pay off.

Alumni profile:
From psychology to malaria to community studies
From primary school, in a small city in the mountains of Luzon, to college in the capital, Manila, Lansang was a standout student for whom subjects like science and math were nothing but fun.

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Evidence strength matters in WHO guideline recommendations

A new study has found that twice as many recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) based on strong evidence are taken up compared with conditional recommendations. This is the first assessment of whether national policy-makers are using the WHO guidelines appropriately.

WHO estimates investments needed for neglected tropical diseases

More investments from endemic countries are needed to reduce the number and impact of the group of 17 conditions called the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). WHO is calling for this and a greater focus on vector control in its report, Investing to overcome the global impact of NTDs, which outlines the US$ 18 billion needed through 2020.

Review finds operational research opportunities to control and eliminate malaria

A literature review of operational research on malaria control and elimination has found that few studies have been conducted relative to other areas of malaria research, and of those, hardly any are published on research done in countries in the pre-elimination or elimination.

Community-based vector control interventions on dengue and Chagas disease published

A special issue on the feasibility and impact of community and environmental approaches in Latin America to control the vectors that transmit dengue and Chagas disease has been published in Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The issue includes 8 original research articles, an editorial, commentary and review.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This month our grant opportunities continue to grow, we have much progress on community research, we say hello to a new STAC chair, and post a motivational profile of Yongyuth Yuthavong, who helped build a national science policy and National Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC).

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.