The IDRC and TDR partnership
Dr Roberto Bazzani
Senior Program Specialist, Regional Office for Latin America and the CaribbeanInternational Development Research Centre
It is really something that IDRC has been promoting for more than 15 years, it's an approach that links the eco-system health and human health and involves communities and decision-makers. It looks through different disciplines to have a better understanding of the social and the environmental determinants of health. And it is used and it is applied in different public health areas and priorities. In this case we have made the emphasis on using the eco health approach in the prevention of vector- borne diseases. And we have had a very important collaborative partnership with TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at WHO. TDR is very well recognized because of the high standards of science and the quality of the research projects. And for us it is very important to have this partnership, because TDR has been an actor internationally, not just in Latin America, but also in different projects and initiatives in Asia and in Africa, and that has helped us to promote this. TDR has developed a framework that is called an eco-bio-social approach to vector-borne diseases and we have been working in the prevention and control of different disease such as dengue and Chagas disease in Latin America, and malaria in Africa. For this initiative in Latin America, we are in the fourth year of this initiative. We have 8 active projects, 5 in dengue and 3 on Chagas disease.
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Nothing definitely could be modified if we are not proving that something is working at the very local level and then understanding how we can scale it up to other countries, regions, countries, biogeographic regions, and then insuring that we transform those evidence into guidance and for actions at the global level.