Research for Implementation
Research for the Zika responseTen research papers supported by TDR and WHO partners on the 2015-2016 Zika virus outbreak have been published in a special issue of the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. The support for this research aimed to address the need for an evidence-based comprehensive public health response to this and future outbreaks.
Strengthening Research Capacity
From clinician to director of Research Development Program in Argentina“The TDR Fellowship was a defining moment for my career as it was the first time I became part of a multidisciplinary team. It was also an opportunity for me to establish training and research ties with organizations outside my home country,” says Dr Miguel Vicco.
The National TB Control Programme of Benin, in collaboration with TDR, is leading a research project to explore strategies where the social and environmental circumstances of the patient -- not just medical treatment -- are prioritized. This research project is in line with one of the pillars of WHO’s End TB Strategy that promotes a patient-centred care approach.
At the start of 2019, TDR, with the support of the government of the United Kingdom, launched an operational research and training programme focused on tackling AMR in Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Myanmar, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a form of insect birth control by mass rearing in dedicated facilities of sterilized male mosquitos, which are then released to mate with females in the wild. As these do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time.
In partnership with Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH), TDR Global launched a challenge contest to build capacity for crowdfunding for infectious diseases research. Crowdfunding can help researchers in low- and middle-income countries to directly raise funds for their research.
In Senegal, to address missing TB cases, the National TB Control Programme is studying a new active case finding strategy, where TB screening is integrated into malnutrition screening campaigns. This innovative approach was piloted during a recent nutrition campaign.