TDR newsletter May 2019

The World Health Assembly gets underway next week, where we will be participating in three events featuring WHO’s new Science Division, our work on gender and health, and social innovation in health. Details are included below, so if you are in Geneva, please do come and find us!
In other news, we also share a photo essay from the Amazon region of Peru, where we are supporting research on residual malaria; an innovative approach involving schools to fight dengue in Cambodia; a crowdfunding challenge to support research funding; and the launch of a new online resource for smarter R&D to tackle global health priorities.


Tackling malaria hotspots in the Amazon jungle

This photo essay takes us to the northern Amazonian region of Loreto in Peru, where scientists at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia have been studying the burden and causes of residual malaria. This research will now inform the development of new approaches tailored to this region to drive down transmission. It is part of a 13-country project spanning Latin America, South-East Asia, Africa and the Western Pacific region.

Schoolchildren in Cambodia fight dengue using guppy fish

Mr Thouk Seng, the director of an elementary school in Kampong Cham, in central Cambodia, is part of a unique project that aims to control the transmission of dengue in his community. He and his students are growing guppy fish in large clay pots in his classroom to deploy them as predators of mosquito larvae.


What’s in a…”debossed code”?

The story behind AKKA, the initials imprinted on the tablets of moxidectin, the first new treatment for river blindness in 30 years, as told by our partner Medicines Development for Global Health which registered moxidectin with the US FDA using the data from two TDR funded and managed trials in Africa.


TDR Global launches crowdfunding challenge to help researchers fund their own research future

We are launching an innovation challenge to identify individuals with promising infectious diseases research ideas in low- and middle-income settings to build their capacity to crowdfund their research. Deadline for submissions is 30 June.

Smarter research & development to tackle global health priorities

TDR as part of WHO’s new Science Division, has launched an online resource to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development. An essential tool for realizing universal health coverage, the Health Product Profile Directory aims to promote research and development for products to combat neglected diseases and threats to global health, including antimicrobial resistance and diseases with pandemic potential.

ESSENCE proposes mechanism for reviewing investments in research capacity strengthening

ESSENCE on Health Research, a group of funders of health research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), have proposed a mechanism for funders to review their investments so they can collaboratively identify and fill gaps. (TDR hosts the Secretariat for ESSENCE.)

New Data Access Committee begins work on Ebola

The Ebola Data Platform, a pioneering collaboration in Ebola and emerging infections, has today appointed nine members for its first Data Access Committee (DAC), overseen and chaired by TDR.


TDR postgraduate training scheme profile: Dr. Muhammad Homayoon Manochehr

This profile shows how postgraduate training at the American University of Beirut allowed Dr Manochehr to transition from Afghanistan’s national TB control programme to the General Directorate of Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Public Health, where he is making an impact in improving health care access in remote areas of the country.

SORT IT operational research fellows from India, Benin and Zimbabwe awarded PhDs

Three alumni of TDR’s Structured Operational Research Training IniTiative (SORT IT) course have been awarded doctorates from the University of Radboud, Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. SORT IT aims to build sustainable capacity to conduct and publish operational research on a broad range of public health topics.


TDR at the World Health Assembly, 20-28 May (Geneva, Switzerland)

TDR will be at the WHA Learning Lab on 20 May, featuring WHO’s new Science Division, which TDR is now a part of. We will be showcasing some of our activities at the Learning Lab from 10:30am at the Palais des Nations (Salle des Pas Perdus).

TDR’s Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) is a partner in the launch of the Health Innovation Exchange (21-23 May), where two social innovations collaborating with SIHI hubs in China and Malawi will be showcased:

  • Health Center by Phone in Malawi, which the Ministry of Health has integrated into the health system and scaled up nationally
  • Pay it Forward in China: spreading “contagious kindness” to increase STD diagnostic testing rates

TDR will also be participating in the Gender and Health Learning Lab on 22 May, where we will be sharing our experience around promoting gender equality in global health research. The session will be at 15:30 at Salle des Pas Perdus at the Palais des Nations.

Global Conference on Implementation Science, 29 June – 1 July (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

As co-sponsor of the meeting, TDR is organizing a plenary session on “Leveraging the power of implementation research to accelerate universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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