Second round of IMPACT Grant awardees announced

TDR news item
23 January 2015

Twenty-six IMPACT Grants have been awarded to investigators from 23 low- and middle-income countries. This almost doubles the numbers of grantees following the first round in 2013, and also increases the number of women involved to over 40%.

Field research in Nigeria.
WHO/TDR/Andy Craggs

The IMPACT grants scheme is designed to optimize Interventions, Methods, Policies, Actions, Campaigns or Tools for improved health and well-being of those burdened by malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The goal is to promote a research culture within disease control programmes, stimulate demand for research, improve ability to conduct high quality research and use results effectively.

The call continues to generate a lot of interest – this time generating 460 applications covering a range of diseases and research areas. In 2015, an additional 20 to 30 new grants (up to a maximum US$ 50,000 each) will be awarded.

2014 IMPACT Grants


Name Gender Country Project Summary
Alberto MENDOZA-TICONA Male Peru Cost effectiveness of Genotype™MDR-TB in public health, Peru.
Francine NTOUMI Female Congo Management and control of TB among women prisoners in Brazzaville, Congo.
Odame PHILLIPS Richard Male Ghana Training and field evaluation of new diagnostic for Buruli ulcer in Ghana.
Patricia RARAU Female Papua New Guinea Mobile health technologies for enhanced malaria surveillance in Papua New Guinea.
Obinna ONWUJEKWE Male Nigeria Strengthening capacity for use of evidence in disease control in Nigeria.
Marìa Soleda SANTINI Female Argentina Vector risk stratification of Chagas disease in Argentina.
Palmer Masumbe NETONGO Male Cameroon Establishing and maintaining system for monitoring and evaluating malaria RDT accuracy in Cameroon.
Rocio CARVAJAL BARONA Female Colombia Social networks and TB control in Colombia.
Horacio CADENA PENA Male Colombia Evaluation of a leishmaniasis vector control strategy in a peri-urban area in Colombia.
Stephen B. KENNEDY Male Liberia Capacity and infrastructure to prevent schistosomiasis among rural populations in Liberia.
Vijayashree YELLAPPA Female India Optimising the involvement of private practitioners in TB care and control in a district in India.
Van Chinh DANG Female Viet Nam Community and schoolchildren-based intervention of dengue vector control in rural Southern Viet Nam.
Stellah George MPAGAMA Female Tanzania Optimization of the rapid molecular diagnostics for early MDR-TB diagnosis and treatment in Tanzania.
Lineth GARCIA Female Bolivia An insect vector expert network in Bolivia.
Lyndes WINI Male Solomon Islands Addressing the principal roadblock to Plasmodium vivax elimination in The Solomon Islands.
Md Golam HASNAIN Male Bangladesh Improving treatment compliance of Post Kala-Azar Dermal Leishmaniasis (PKDL) patients in Bangladesh.
Oscar Daniel SALOMON Male Argentina Molecular diagnosis network for NTD research and control in the Argentina-Brazil-Paraguay border.
Anne Wairimu KAMAU Female Kenya Using implementation research to enhance the role of community health workers in prevention and control of malaria in Malindi, Kenya.
Miguelhete Joaquim LISBOA Male Mozambique Delay in diagnosis and treatment of new smear positive TB in Beira Central Hospital, Mozambique.
Uzochukwu Emeka EGERE Male Gambia Training for frontline health workers to improve detection of childhood TB in the Gambia.
Collins Stephen AHORLU Male Ghana Establishing active community-based surveillance-response system for Buruli ulcer in Ghana.
Bolor BOLD Female Mongolia Burden, cost of disease and optimization of clinical practice of human cystic echinococcosis in Mongolia.
Abdiqani Sheikh OMAR Male Somalia Assessment of ownership, use and determinants of use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in Somalia.
Siriwan GRISURAPONG Female Thailand Knowledge management and operational research on application of mobile technology against malaria in the border between Myanmar and Thailand.
Mamuka DJIBUTI Male Georgia Barriers for optimal pulmonary TB case detection in private primary care facilities in Georgia.
Adamu Addissie NURAMO Male Ethiopia Promoting the Rapid Ethical Assessment approach to enhance ethical conduct of neglected tropical disease research in Ethiopia.

For more information, contact Edward Kamau (kamaued@who.int)