Zoonoses and marginalized infections research priorities report
A review and analysis of the research landscape for zoonoses and marginalised infections which affect poor populations, and a list of research priorities to support disease control has been published. The work is the output of the disease reference group on zoonoses and marginalised infectious diseases, which was part of an independent “think tank” of international experts, established and funded by TDR to identify key research priorities through the review of research evidence and input from stakeholder consultations.
The report covers a diverse range of diseases including zoonotic helminth protozoa, viral and bacterial infections considered to be neglected and associated with poverty. Disease specific research issues were elaborated under individual disease sections and many common priorities were readily identified among the disease such as need for new and/or improved drugs and regimens, diagnostics and, where appropriate, vaccines. The disease specific priorities are described as micro priorities compared with the macro level priorities which will drive such policies as the need for improved surveillance; the need for inter-sectoral interaction between health, livestock, agriculture, natural resources and wildlife in tackling the zoonotic diseases; and the need for a true assessment of the burden of the zoonoses.
This is one of ten disease and thematic reference group reports that have come out of the TDR Think Tank, all of which have contributed to the development of the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty.
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