Five major African research projects are studying how changing climate affects vector-borne diseases like malaria and human African trypanosomiasis. The investigators are looking at how changes in land use, dams, vector distribution and water availability impact a range of communities.

Fernán Agüero was immensely excited when he entered the field of bioinformatics. With a background in molecular biology and parasitology, he helped local groups to sequence small fragments of DNA to discover new parasite genes.

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Urinary schistosomiasis treatments

13 August 2014 -- A review of treatments for urinary schistosomiasis finds a strong evidence base for the use of praziquantel and outlines future studies needed to determine whether combination treatments could be useful. This is a new edition of a Cochrane review first published in 1997 to evaluate the efficacy and safety of drugs for this disease.

Community-based interventions found valuable

13 August 2014 -- A series of 8 systematic reviews evaluating the evidence on community-based interventions has been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases of Poverty. It finds significant reductions in disease prevalence and increased prevention and control with this approach.

Home-grown innovation in new ASEAN research network

11 August 2014 -- A major initiative to boost the home-grown development of drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and traditional medicine in Southeast Asia is getting underway. The Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) brings together researchers from 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This month we’re featuring work on the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases. We also have new papers out on treatments for urinary schistosomiasis, a report on further developing open source product development, and several projects building research capacity.

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.