Thomas Nchinda
WHO/TDR/S Block Tyrrell

Thomas Nchinda
As a young doctor in Cameroon, Thomas Nchinda learned firsthand the limits of medicine in a resource-strapped setting. It was the early 1960s, and the newly independent country was still struggling to meld its East and West ̶ former colonies administered by the French and British, respectively ̶ into one unified republic.

Research in SE Asia
WHO/TDR/A. Craggs

Research grants awarded to South-East Asian region
Ten scientists from 7 countries in the South-East Asian region have been selected for new research grants.


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Mario-Henry Rodriguez-Lopez

Mario-Henry Rodriguez-Lopez is stepping down as chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Committee (STAC), TDR’s top scientific review board.

Webinar on pooled funding mechanisms

TDR is participating in a webinar on pooled funding mechanisms 10 December. The session, organized by the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), examines new ways to support and advance global health research and development (R&D).

Special supplement on multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis

A special supplement of 13 new research articles on multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Eastern Europe highlights some of the challenges and continuing research that is needed to address this problem. While mortality, incidence and prevalence rates of TB have been going down, cases of drug resistance are increasing.

Praziquantel dose confirmed for schistosomiasis

Evidence gathered using different methodologies for combining clinical trial results confirm that 40 mg per kg of body weight, the WHO-recommended dose of praziquantel, works well for all types of schistosomiasis.


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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This month we have a growing list of grant opportunities and news on valuable collaborations borne out of early TDR initiation. We say good-bye to our STAC chair and to staff member Solomon Nwaka, and have a fascinating profile of the early years of research capacity strengthening in Africa through the eyes of Thomas Nchinda.

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.