TDR 40 year anniversary collection published
PLOS NTD has published a 7-part collection on TDR’s 40 year history. It highlights profound changes in tropical disease research, showing how history has lessons for today and the future. Each article has been authored by groups of current and former TDR staff, showing the evolution of the Programme and raising issues that need to be addressed for the future.
In April of 1974, the 27th session of the World Health Assembly called for the “intensification of activities in tropical disease research” and the “strengthening of research and training activities”, particularly in developing countries. By November of that year, TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, was in operation. The main principles were to promote and conduct research equitably, and to provide access to this knowledge and the resulting tools to the most vulnerable and hard to reach people.
In this special collection, TDR staff provide their views on key challenges and lessons learned during the 40 year history, and explain how and why the approaches and workplans changed through time. This includes the type of research supported, the way it was conducted and even the diseases covered. As the needs in the countries evolved, so too has the Programme.
List of articles
What have we learned from 40 years of supporting research and capacity building?
Shaping the research agenda
A changing model for developing health products for poverty-related infectious diseases
From bright ideas to tools: the case of malaria
Vector research addressing countries’ control needs
Applied research for better disease prevention and control
Strengthening research capacity - TDR's evolving experience in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
For more information, contact Jamie Guth (email@example.com).