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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- Dengue in Brazil
- Dengue research in Colombia
- TDR celebrates 40 years of commitments
- Chagas disease in Bolivia
- Preventing malaria deaths with and artesunate suppository
- 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

Dengue in Brazil

November 2014

Researchers in Fortaleza, Brazil are investigating new community and environmental approaches to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes that carry the virus that causes dengue.

Dengue research in Colombia

June 2014

The city of Girardot, located on the banks of the Magdalene River in Colombia, is an important summer vacation spot. The region’s tropical climate draws not only tourists but also provides the perfect conditions for the reproduction of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits the dengue virus that can be deadly.

TDR celebrates 40 years of commitments

May 2014

This video was produced for a special seminar at the 2014 World Health Assembly. It was at the Assembly 40 years earlier where Member States called on the World Health Organization’s Director-General to establish a programme like TDR. The video provides an overview of the Programme’s key achievements since then, includes perceptions from a wide group of stakeholders – donors, grant recipients, government and international officials – and it also shows some newer work to help low- and middle-income countries identify and manage health system bottlenecks and prevent diseases like dengue and Chagas disease.

Chagas disease in Bolivia

May 2014

In Palmarito, Bolivia, a simple farming lifestyle has not changed much in hundreds of years. Water is still collected and carried by hand, there is no electricity, and the homes are simple mud hut structures. People depend on chickens and pigs for food, and they keep them close. But this lifestyle is in danger from a small bug called a triatomine, or “el timbucu” as the locals call it, which transmits a parasite to animals and people. It hides in the cracks of mud walls, under mattresses and in the fur of animals.

Preventing malaria deaths with and artesunate suppository

August 2013

Patients with severe malaria often live in remote places, and it can take them many hours to get to a health facility for treatment. Because the disease progresses faster in young children, these delays can be fatal. Each hour without effective treatment increases the risk of death. For those who survive, there may be long-lasting central nervous system damage. The video accompanies a Training Manual for Community Health Workers (link to below) in the pre-referral use of rectal artesunate, which is part of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy. This video illustrates the symptoms eligible for treatment with rectal artesunate, how to treat with the suppository, what to advise the family, how to follow the patient and document what happens.

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

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