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.

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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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New funding for continued development of onchocerciasis treatment moxidectin

The Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF) has committed US$ 10 million to support completing the dossier for the registration of moxidectin for the treatment of onchocerciasis. Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH), an Australian not-for-profit biopharmaceutical company, will be managing the work.

New research uptake network launched

A new research uptake network was launched at the end of a recent conference and training event held in Nairobi. The event brought together communication professionals, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and journalists to explore emerging issues and the concept of research uptake, and the network is now opening to anyone interested.

Evaluation of SORT IT finds high impact and cost effectiveness

An independent evaluation of the Structured Operational Research and Training courses (SORT IT) has found high value in the teaching and course content, calling it innovative and a standard for capacity building. It recommends applying this model to other areas of health research and in closer collaboration with the World Health Organization and TDR.

Studies on how to increase the numbers of women researchers

Nine new grants have been provided to women researchers in English and French speaking African countries. The scheme is designed to investigate ways to increase the numbers of women going into research, staying in research and becoming senior leaders in the field.

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News from TDR Director, John Reeder

John Reeder

This month we are seeing the fruits of several TDR initiatives that are being taken up and expanded. This includes the transfer of the onchocerciasis treatment moxidectin to an Australian company for registration, a new guide for strengthening community health care worker programmes, and a very positive independent evaluation of SORT IT, the operational research and training programme.

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.