TDR newsletter 1 December 2017

News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This has been an important month for TDR, bringing together several key committees and partners to review our practices and plans for the next biennium. This has included our WHO regional focal points, one of our scientific working groups, and the regional training centres. Each of these committee members provides valuable feedback and ideas, so we are very thankful for their role in helping TDR accomplish so much.


World Malaria Report calls for new ways to eliminate malaria

This year’s annual World Malaria Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) has documented increasing numbers of countries moving toward elimination of the disease, while also noting the need for new approaches to re-ignite stalled progress in many other areas.

Call for innovation and integrated approaches for malaria eradication

A malaria eradication research agenda has been published in PLOS Medicine. The 7 papers are the output of a broad consultation that involved more than 180 scientists, malaria programme leaders and policy-makers, including experts trained by TDR.


New global commitment to end tuberculosis requires research support

Urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 has been agreed at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis held in Moscow. The conference, opened by President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation together with Amina J Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, brought together delegates from 114 countries.

Documenting a research partnership model to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis

The positive impact of tightly integrating research with control has been documented in the campaign to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis on the Indian sub-continent. A PLOS NTD paper analysing the output of TDR’s long-term research commitments provides lessons learnt in how to make a major impact.

Social Innovation in Health Initiative update

The TDR-initiated Social Innovation in Health Initiative, SIHI, is expanding in both size and scope. New innovations have been selected for further research, and one of the funding partners has a new director.

Implementation Research Toolkit one of top 10 community engagement resources

An article in the journal Health Policy and Planning has named TDR’s Implementation Research Toolkit as one of the top 10 community engagement resources. The identified resources were collected to help show implementation researchers how best to engage community stakeholders and improve the outcomes of their research.

New 3-D video profiles sleeping sickness research of TDR Fellow

Former TDR clinical research and development fellow Wilfried Mutombo was the focus of a recent special type of documentary on sleeping sickness. It is part of the HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a year-long series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them.

Guidance in Spanish for Latin American countries on research costing

The ESSENCE good practice document, Five keys to improving research costing in low- and middle-income countries, has been updated for use in Latin American countries and published in Spanish.


TDR Global profile: Ghana’s heroine of health

Margaret Gyapong’s lifelong passion for the sociocultural aspects of health arose from a single experience: observing that many people defecated on Accra’s beaches and wondering why. She was at the time a recent university graduate doing field work for a study on women’s health during pregnancy as part of her national service.