Social innovation for health: a call for global action
The World Health Organization has called for a more coordinated global support to expand the use of social innovations. Work is underway to identify what works and what does not.

Mentoring young women African scientists
Elizabeth Akinyi Ochola of Kenya is helping to increase the number of women in science in Africa. Her mentorship programme focuses on young women to develop their research careers.

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Zika data sharing: a call to researchers

A new data sharing and reporting protocol has been implemented at the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. The protocol was established specifically to address the current Zika virus epidemic, including the possible link to microcephaly and neurological disorders, but may be applicable to a broader range of public health emergencies.

Ebola grantees begin collaborations

Grantees recently selected to conduct a range of research from basic science to implementation research are meeting 10-11 February in Ghana to identify collaborations and finalize project plans.

Ebola clinical trial designs published

The methodology of two clinical trials of potential Ebola virus disease treatments have been published. The studies were designed to recruit patients quickly in the midst of the epidemic, and the paper reflects on the challenges and the lessons learnt for how to conduct clinical research in future infectious disease outbreaks.

New WHO global health analysis reinforces research as key driver

The World Health Organization has released a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years. Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs reviews the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and recommends actions for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came into effect 1 January 2016.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This month is time to reflect on how countries can better prevent and manage outbreaks. It seems the world lurches from one type of outbreak to another, but a common theme underlying this is the need for sustained support to build capacity in those low income countries for ongoing surveillance and research.

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.