The Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Infectious diseases remain key agents of the debilitating poverty afflicting so much ofthe world today. Each year these diseases kill almost 9 million people many of themchildren under five and they also cause enormous burdens through life-long disability.Stepping up research into their causes and how to effectively treat them and preventthem from spreading could have an enormous impact on efforts to lift people out ofpoverty and to build a better world for future generations. The global report for research on infectious diseases of poverty is an independentpublication comprising different viewpoints written by expert authors in each chapter.It was initiated and facilitated by TDR the Special Programme for Research and Trainingin Tropical Diseases supported by the European Commission and based on widecontributions from stakeholders at various stages of the work. It offers new ways ofimproving public health in low and middle income countries with research as thecompelling foundation and driver for policies. The first chapter sets the context and outlines ten areas where research on infectiousdiseases of poverty can make major improvements; these form the framework for therest of the report. The next three chapters take these ten areas forward by focusing onspecific themes: the environment health systems and innovation and technology. Afifth chapter discusses the research funding landscape while the final sixth chapterconsiders the issues and evidence presented in the rest of the report to propose highlevel actions including the best research strategies against infectious diseases ofpoverty. Implementation of the actions proposed in this report should help improve currentresearch prioritization processes guide investment strategies and enhance commitmentto using research to promote global health equity. If like the Millennium DevelopmentGoals these options for action are focused on by policy-makers funders andresearchers they should lead to well-planned effective and powerful healthinterventions and have a real chance of saving millions of lives in years to come.