TDR activities to strengthen research capacity in the Region
The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. TDR is hosted at WHO headquarters in Geneva, and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and WHO. It supports implementation of research on infectious diseases of poverty that lead to improvements in health, strengthened research capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries, and implementation of strategies and solutions that respond to the health needs of these countries. It also supports translating research results into policy and improved health practices, and promotes the engagement of individuals and communities in using research evidence to reduce the disease burden in their respective countries.
TDR helps low- and middle- income countries to strengthen their capacity to conduct research and use research evidence in setting national policies and strategies. Several activities are being implemented in the Western Pacific Region, including the: Joint WPR/TDR Small Grants Scheme for Implementation Research in Infectious Diseases of Poverty; TDR IMPACT Grants programme; and the support of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippines, as a Regional Training Center for Good Heath Research Practices.