A child dies from malaria every minute, with nine out of every 10 malaria deaths worldwide occurring in Africa. Work is underway to eliminate malaria; two projects started at TDR and now being developed in The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Malaria Programme (GMP) highlight the central role of research in tackling such diseases and show how TDR can work: by initiating the research that provides evidence for both policy and practice.
Research teams in low- and middle-income countries currently conducting implementation research projects on infectious diseases of poverty are invited to participate in a pilot training workshop. The workshop is part of a module-based Toolkit designed to strengthen research capacity.
A new environmental and community approach to reducing the numbers of mosquitoes that carry dengue has been detailed in a supplement of 8 new research articles published in Pathogens and Global Health. Six research institutions in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand have shown that working with communities and other partners led to a range of effective solutions that used fewer pesticides and were customized to that region’s needs.
17 May 2013
Numerous funding agencies are working together to improve support to research organizations in low- and middle-income countries. A small group of ESSENCE on Health Research initiative members met recently to explore how best to collaborate to address existing research management gaps and needs. They looked at lessons learned and feedback from their 2012 best practice publication, Five keys to improving research costing in low- and middle-income countries, and began to identify potential changes that could be made both at their agencies and in the countries where the capacity is needed.
15 May 2013
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a conference in Kenya that explores the challenges and opportunities for neglected diseases research and development in Africa, and an online campaign, “Connect to fight neglect.”
18 April 2013
African health services from a community perspective - New study offers recommendations for improvements
A multi-country study into health systems issues throughout Africa from a community perspective has been published by the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa. Health Systems in Africa: Community Perceptions and Perspectives identifies the health issues and challenges that ordinary citizens throughout Africa experience, from the diseases they face and see most relevant, to the way they get and expect health care.