Joint Coordinating Board (JCB)

The JCB is the top governing body of TDR. Its principal role is to coordinate the interests and responsibilities of all parties cooperating with TDR. The JCB meets annually to review TDR's activities, evaluate progress and plans, and determine TDR's budget.


Dr Modest Mulenga, Zambia (elected for 3 years at JCB40 in June 2017)

Vice chair

Dr Ning Xiao, People’s Republic of China (elected for 2 years at JCB42 in June 2019)

JCB annual sessions

The next session of the JCB will take place in Geneva on 17 and 18 June 2020, with a briefing session on 16 June.

The conclusions and recommendations from annual sessions of the JCB:

JCB membership

The JCB consists of 28 members. Membership was formerly for a three-year period but those selected for membership from 2009 onwards will serve for a period of 4 years. JCB members may be reappointed. As of January 2019, the JCB consists of the following members:

12 members represented by governments (including constituencies) selected by TDR resource contributors

  • Belgium
  • China
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Sweden
  • Constituency: Germany and Luxembourg
  • Constituency: India and Thailand
  • Constituency: Norway and Switzerland
  • Constituency: Panama and Spain
  • Constituency: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America

6 governments selected by WHO Regional Committees

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (AFRO)
  • Ecuador (AMRO)
  • Egypt (EMRO)
  • Georgia (EURO)
  • Myanmar (SEARO)
  • Philippines (WPRO)

6 other cooperating parties selected by the JCB

  • Burkina Faso
  • Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative
  • INDEPTH Network
  • Peru
  • Sri Lanka
  • Zambia

4 co-sponsors (permanent members)

  • UNDP
  • The World Bank
  • WHO

WHO Regional Offices: AFRO: Regional Office for Africa; AMRO: Regional Office for the Americas; EMRO: Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean; EURO: Regional Office for Europe; SEARO: Regional Office for South-East Asia; WPRO: Regional Office for the Western Pacific

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About TDR: Building the science of solutions

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a global programme of scientific collaboration established in 1975. Its focus is to improve the health and well-being of people burdened by infectious diseases of poverty through research and innovation. TDR is based at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.