Communicable disease research
Infectious diseases linked to poverty, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases, have a significant negative impact on social development.
Despite progress towards the control and elimination of these diseases, the Western Pacific Region is also facing emerging threats such as drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis and malaria, the increased risk of infection faced by vulnerable populations, and the effects of climate change.
While new tools and strategies are badly needed to tackle these challenges, research capacity, especially in less-developed countries, is often insufficient.
In collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), WHO Collaborating Centres, academic institutions, and partners, WHO has established unique mechanisms to support capacity building, such as small grant programme and scientific writing workshops. WHO also supports various research into the monitoring of malaria drug efficacy, assessment of drug safety, vector control, inter-sectoral approaches and climate change.
Capacity development cycle for research
To foster research targeting programmatic gaps, WPRO/DCC developed a "Research Capacity -Development Cycle" which combined (1) training in research proposal writing, (2) identifying grant opportunities, and (3) training in scientific paper writing. By combining these three steps, researchers in disease endemic countries can not only acquire knowledge and training necessary to develop a research project, but can also find opportunities to implement the project.
- Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
- WHO Research (Headquarters)
- WHO Collaborating Centers
- Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)
- Health research web
- The Regional Network on Asian Schistosomiasis and other Helminth Zoonoses (RNAS+)
- ACTMalaria (Asian Collaborative Training Network for Malaria)
- The South-South Initiative for infectious diseases of poverty (SSI)
Tools and resources
Regional Research Framework to Strengthen Communicable Disease Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2013 – 2017)
Non-Malarial Febrile Illness Study
Workshop on Research Design, Methodology and Proposal Writing on Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Informal consultation on novel approaches in the prevention and control of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Western Pacific Region
TDR Regional Consultation on Infectious Diseases of Poverty in Western Pacific Countries
Ninth Meeting of the Regional Network for Asian Schistosomiasis and other Helminth Zoonoses