Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases

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.

Contact information

P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Telephone: (+63 2) 528 8001
Fax: (+63 2) 521 1036 or 526 0279