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:
A career investigating malaria parasite drug resistance
For some kids, it’s outer space, for others dinosaurs. But for a Sudanese boy by the name of Gehad el-Ghazali, it was the human body — how it works and why, the cells and circuits, the muscles and blood — that sparked an early interest in science.

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Implementation research scientist

TDR is seeking an experienced implementation research scientist to develop and manage a portfolio of research that improves control or elimination of diseases of poverty. This position will strengthen our team’s ability to identify and fund promising implementation research studies in disease endemic countries.

Proposed pooled R&D fund under discussion at World Health Assembly

Under review is the establishment at TDR of a pooled fund for voluntary contributions towards research and development (R&D) for diseases that mainly affect low- and middle-income countries (called type II and III diseases), and the specific R&D needs of developing countries in relation to diseases that affect all countries.

Learning from the Ebola outbreak

The Lancet has published a series of essays on lessons learnt from the west African Ebola epidemic, calling for political commitments to rejuvenate global health security. The 10 essays written by an international group of scientists provide insight into the relevance to global health security of several issues.

Eastern Mediterranean Regional Training Centre selected

The Institut Pasteur de Tunis in Tunis, Tunisia, has been selected to be the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Training Centre supported by TDR. This is the sixth and final centre to be chosen for the TDR network, which is designed to expand and coordinate training courses across multiple countries, leading to improved use of health interventions.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This is the season of meetings with our major governing bodies – the photo shows me in New York at the headquarters of one of our co-sponsors, UNICEF, during our recent Standing Committee meeting. This month we also have news on the development of TDR Global; a new regional training centre; fast-tracking Ebola research and new grants for increasing capacity to respond to outbreaks like Ebola; and progress on sharing research data.

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.