Completed productions

Below is a list of video productions that may be used for any non-profit purpose, provided the source is clearly acknowledged. You can read a summary of the production by clicking on the link name, or scrolling below.

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- A video guide to a stepwise surface examination of newborns
- Community volunteers treating malaria and pneumonia
- TDR - research for a changing world
- TDR and China: 30 years of collaboration
- Buying time
- Congenital syphilis on the way out
- Malaria, the Killer of Children
- Empowering communities to fight disease
- Malaria franchise shops
- Natural plant products
- Vision for the future
- Kill or cure series: Syphilis
- Kill or cure series: Dengue
- Kill or cure series: Onchocerciasis
- Research Capacity: A key to fighting diseases
- Community-directed treatment with ivermectin - Video training guide
- Healthy Women Counselling Guide
- Lymphatic filariasis: An Introduction
- A picture of health: Engaging women
- Brazil. The Magician
- Good Clinical Practice
- Onchocerciasis: The future is not what it was
- Tanzania: SPf66
- Vaccine pioneers
- TDR 'Snippets of achievement'

A video guide to a stepwise surface examination of newborns

December 2012

This video shows how to assess a newborn for birth defects. Sometimes, birth defects can be linked to drug exposure during the pregnancy. However, early assessment for birth defects through newborn screening can also show that a treatment need not be contraindicated in pregnancy, because it has no risk for adverse outcomes. This screening can help get life-saving treatments to the mother, child or both. The training for this DVD was carried out by Prof Lewis Holmes, who trained Ghanaian nurse/midwives in a small facility outside Accra. After training, the health workers were filmed carrying out the assessments themselves. This DVD, developed by the World Health Organization through TDR and the Reproductive Health and Research Programme has been successfully used to train other health workers in five countries (four in Africa and one in South America). It supports a new protocol for a pregnancy registry.

Community volunteers treating malaria and pneumonia

May 2012

This video takes place in Burkina Faso, and highlights a research study looking at whether local trained volunteers in isolated communities can manage both malaria and pneumonia. Previous TDR studies have shown that this approach can effectively treat the biggest killer of children under the age of 5 in Africa – malaria, estimated to cause nearly a million deaths a year in the continent. This study adds pneumonia, which is the second biggest cause of death for young children in Africa.

TDR - research for a changing world

June 2011

This video was produced by the Global Health Council as part of the 2011 Gates Global Health award given to TDR. It outlines TDR's main achievements and history since its inception, and includes interviews with ministers of health, heads of research institutions, and representatives of WHO offices from around the world.

TDR and China: 30 years of collaboration

July 2010

The collaboration between TDR and the Government of the People's Republic of China dates back to 1979 when TDR first provided grants to Chinese researchers. This video shows the impact of the early support to researchers to study abroad and support work in their country that contributed toward the elimination of malaria and schistosomiasis. Institutes profiled include the Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Diseases in Simao, the Jiangsu Institute for Parasitic Diseases in Wuxi, and the China Center of Disease Control's National Institute of Parasitic Diseases and The National Centre for Drug Screening in Shanghai.

Buying time

May 2009

Artesunate suppositories: a new tool to help prevent childhood malaria death.

TDR-supported studies in Ghana, Tanzania and Bangladesh have shown that emergency treatment with a single artesunate suppository buys critical time for young children in Africa. When patients with severe malaria are too sick to swallow tablets and getting to the clinic is likely to take several hours, an immediate rectal dose of artesunate right at home, and in their own community, substantially reduces the risk of death or permanent disability. This video explains the value of this treatment.

Congenital syphilis on the way out

October 2007

Congenital syphilis, which is passed from mother to baby, kills hundreds of thousands of children worldwide. Swift diagnosis and a simple injection of penicillin before birth can stop this. In Haiti, the government, health centres and the World Health Organization are now analyzing and distributing rapid diagnostic tests that can be done in remote areas without electricity, making rapid reductions in the problem.

Malaria, the Killer of Children

October 2007

Malaria is one of the biggest killers of young children in Africa, where the number of doctors and health care centres are few and far between. So an innovative programme in Nigeria is underway where community volunteers are trained to recognize the symptoms and provide needed medications. A collaboration between the government and the World Health Organization, the programme is making strong progress.

Empowering communities to fight disease

October 2007

In many countries in Africa, a disease caused by worms blinded thousands of people in the last couple decades. In an effort to stop this epidemic, hundreds of communities were asked how they would set up programmes to deliver an annual medication. The approach was highly successful, with blindness now almost completely eliminated. Now that same approach is being used to address another major killer – malaria.

Malaria franchise shops

October 2007

Throughout Africa, malaria kills young children and pregnant women, even though there are drugs that can treat this disease. One of the biggest challenges is getting these effective drugs to remote, rural areas where there are no doctors or health care centres. But a business model of enterprising franchise of shops is changing the methods, making them easily accessible to communities

Natural plant products

October 2007

Kenya is blessed with vast stretches of beautiful land, with thousands of plant species still unknown and unidentified. But an innovative partnership between local researchers, traditional healers and the World Health Organization has resulted in the collection and labelling of many of these plants. The goal? The source of the next new drug that could fight malaria.

Vision for the future

July 2007

A brief overview of TDR and its new ten year strategy that begins in 2008

Kill or cure series: Syphilis

August 2006

This BBC World's Kill or Cure television series programme shows how TDR-sponsored research in Haiti evaluating rapid diagnostic tests for congenital syphilis has helped prevent the disease from being passed on by pregnant women to their babies

Kill or cure series: Dengue

Kill or cure series: Onchocerciasis

Research Capacity: A key to fighting diseases

Increased research capacity and self-reliance in the developing countries is a key to identifying needs and developing solutions to public health problems caused by neglected infectious diseases.
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Community-directed treatment with ivermectin - Video training guide

A training video outlining the concept and detailing all the steps necessary to establish an effective community-directed treatment system using ivermectin to combat onchocerciasis.

Healthy Women Counselling Guide

A video depicting the processes involved in the conceptualisation and development of the Healthy Women Counselling Guide project, explained by key collaborators in the project.

Lymphatic filariasis: An Introduction

A general presentation covering all aspects of the disease - including distribution, vectors, parasites, symptoms, treatment, prevention, socio-economic aspects, research progress, etc.

A picture of health: Engaging women

A short presentation looking at various gender factors relating to tropical diseases, emphasizing the need to involve women in all aspects of disease research and control.

Brazil. The Magician

The story of Dr Gerusa Dreyer and her attempts to not only tackle lymphatic filariasis in Recife and better understand the medical and behavioural consequences of infection and disease, but to also engage and mobilise the community in a campaign to bring hope to those who suffer from the disease, both directly and indirectly. (Co-produced with UNDP-TV).

Good Clinical Practice

An introductory video highlighting the basic essential steps of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and what is required to meet internationally-acceptable standards, using the development and clinical trials of miltefosine for visceral leishmaniasis as an example.

Onchocerciasis: The future is not what it was

A video celebrating 25-years of the successful Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa (OCP), which wound up activities in 2002 having achieved its objective of freeing 11 west African nations from the spectre of River Blindness. The video also looks forward to the work of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC), which aims to eliminate the disease as a public health problem in the 19 African nations where it persists.

Tanzania: SPf66

A potential vaccine for malaria which showed good results in Latin America, undergoes a field trial in children in Africa, where a vaccine is most needed. (Co-produced with UNDP-TV).

Vaccine pioneers

A brief look at some scientists and facilities in Iran engaged in the quest to discover a viable vaccine for leishmaniasis. The country, which has been beset by the disease for centuries, is playing a leading role in the search for a vaccine, developing an array of new research techniques as well as manufacturing (under Good Manufacturing Practice) biological materials for clinical testing.

TDR 'Snippets of achievement'

Model examples of TDR's achievements over 25 years