New implementation research funded in Western Pacific Region
Twelve new proposals have been selected for the Joint TDR/ World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty. Projects are on malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and neglected tropical diseases such schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, and food-borne trematodes.
Regional research framework to strengthen communicable disease control and elimination in the Western Pacific
The Division of Communicable Diseases of the WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR) developed a Regional Research Framework to Strengthen Communicable Disease Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2013-2017), to provide a regional framework for collaboration with Member States, research institutions and partners to carry out research aimed at strengthening key communicable disease programmes.
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.
The Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases unit of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific has compiled links to external websites that could help researchers as well as programme managers of ministries of health in developing research studies to address programme and knowledge gaps.
About research on infectious diseases of poverty
Infectious diseases linked to poverty, such as malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), have had a significant negative impact on social and economic development in the Western Pacific Region. Despite recent progress towards the control and elimination of these diseases, the Region is facing new and emerging threats including multidrug resistant malaria, increased risk to vulnerable populations, and the effects of climate change. Research plays a critical role in tackling these challenges. Strategies and tools based on sound research make disease prevention programmes more effective. Current regional action plans on malaria and NTDs including dengue include implementation research as one of their strategies.