Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

Communities of practice Partnerships

South-South Initiative for Tropical Diseases Research
Initiative to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA)
Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA)
Research Partnerships for Neglected Diseases of Poverty


Up to date links to e-forums and discussion lists on tropical diseases world wide.

17 Mar 2011

The Chagas Disease Foundation

The Foundation was established to promote the diagnosis, control, prevention, and treatment of Chagas disease. It will use its resources to facilitate scientific research, to educate and train researchers, to disseminate information on control and prevention, and for the development of policies for the sustainable prevention of Chagas disease. Please see: Link

01 Feb 2011

The Climate and Health Council

CHC believes that health professionals can, should and must take meaningful action on climate change. The CHC network informs and advocates on the urgency of addressing climate change and the health benefits of more sustainable lifestyles. Members can learn more, share ideas with colleagues and join the health voice calling for action to protect health from climate change. Please see: Link

27 Oct 2010

The TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative

TBVI is an independent non-profit foundation that facilitates the development of safe, more effective vaccines to protect future generations against tuberculosis. Since its formation in 2008, TBVI has brought together an integrated network of European universities, institutes and the private sector in the development of new vaccines that are globally accessible and affordable. Research conducted by TBVI’s network has already resulted in new vaccine discoveries, proving that new vaccine approaches can be developed. Please see: Link

09 Aug 2010

The ReLeef Initiative

The initiative is a non-profit pharmaceutical corporation. Its mission is to develop novel and safe health products that reduce mortality and disability caused by life-threatening infections and chronic diseases in under-served regions. The ReLeef Initiative operates as a virtual R&D organization, i.e. all research and development is conducted by outsourcing, avoiding time- and cash-consuming build-up and maintenance of internal infrastructure. It is managed as a global network with representatives in US, Sweden and Russia. The corporate headquarters is in San Diego, California. Please see: Link

09 Aug 2010

The Humanfriend Welfare Society

The Society works in the areas of poverty alleviation, adult education, public health care, rehabilitation, legal protections, small-scale basic infrastructure, sanitation and human rights for human development. Its mission is to eradicate poverty, unemployment and illiteracy, to rehabilitate prisoners and the disabled, to promote equality and justice, to improve health, social, economic and basic infrastructural condition of poverty-stricken communities and to provide opportunity, security and empowerment to women. Please see: Link

25 June 2010

Malaria Elimination Group (MEG)

The MEG is a group of 48 international experts convened by the UCSF Global Health Group to elaborate the scientific, technical, operational, financial, and programmatic issues that countries need to consider when pursuing or embarking on malaria elimination. The MEG website hosts a collection of resources and information specifically on malaria elimination from the latest peer-reviewed journals to reports and news from recent events occurring around the world. Please see: Link

13 Oct 2009

BIO Ventures for Global Health

BVGH a non-profit organization, seeks to harness the resources of the biotechnology industry to create new medicines for neglected diseases of the developing world. It fosters collaboration among stakeholders in industry, philanthropy, academia and government. Please see: Link

08 Oct 2009

Tuberculosis Network European Trials group

TBNET is a network of mostly European, research oriented clinicians, microbiologists, mycobacteriologists and epidemiologists interested in the field of tuberculosis and mycobacterial diseases.It was founded in 2006 by a self-organized group of pulmonologists, epidemiologists and specialists in infectious diseases in Copenhagen. Please see: Link

30 Sep 2009

Stop Buruli

A North-South research consortium involving seven teams in four continents, Stop Buruli was established to adavance efforts to combat Buruli ulcer a painful and disfiguring condition which threatens many thousands of people - particulary children - in disadvantaged communities. Link

06 Jul 2009

The International Network for Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD)

INRUD was established in 1989 to design, test, and disseminate effective strategies to improve the way drugs are prescribed, dispensed, and used, with a particular emphasis on resource poor countries. The website includes links to tools and resources. There is a newsletter once or twice per year. Please see Link


15 Jun 2009

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network

APMEN brings together 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region aiming to eliminate malaria, as well as representatives from academic and multilateral agencies. Through advocacy, information sharing, building of the evidence base, and capacity building, the Network aims to support elimination efforts in APMEN countries, with a particular focus on elimination of P. vivax. Please see: Link


13 Mar 2009

Leprosy Mailing List

A free email list that allows people interested in leprosy to share ideas, information, experiences and questions. Please see: Link.


02 Feb 2009

topnaman | Malaria blog: malaria news and discussion

A blog about malaria issues. Please see Link.


19 Jan 2009

The Campaign for Fighting Diseases

The Campaign for Fighting Diseases seeks to raise awareness of the realities of diseases suffered in the poorest regions of the world, and the need for pragmatic solutions to these diseases. Members of the CFD, including academics, NGOs and think tanks, argue for prioritisation of action at local, national and international levels, to ensure that time and money are used most effectively to save lives and achieve the best results with limited resources. Please see Link.


06 Jan 2009

European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES)

EAGLES aims at enhancing the collaboration between European researchers and researchers in the developing world to fight hunger and disease. EAGLES has been launched by the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). The project is being supported by the European Commission and is a collaboration between EFB and scientific partners in Europe, China, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa and the Philippines. Please see Link.


29 Sep 2008

Bioinformatics World Wide

Bioinformatics World Wide is the online meeting place for scientists to gather, talk and find out about the latest scientific news and events. It is a complete service package and is completely free. Please see http://www.bioinformaticsworldwide.comExternal Link.


22 Jul 2008

The Discussion Forum on Chagas' Disease

The forum is one of several organized by the Argentine Federation of Cardiology through its Forum on Continuing Education. Active since 1999, it brings together leading investigators of Chagas Disease from American and European countries. There are active exchanges of opinions in Spanish and Portuguese on different aspects of the disease. Abstracts and bibliographies are also submitted. The forum is available for health care professionals to share. Please see Link.


10 Jul 2008

HPV Vaccine Global Community

The HPV Vaccine Global Community is an online global network of people who share an interest in preventing cervical cancer and in the role of HPV vaccines in health programmes. It uses the internet to share and exchange knowledge, ideas and resources. Please see Link.


13 Jun 2008

The South-South Initiative for Tropical Disease Research

SSI was designed to facilitate sharing of resources among research groups in Latin America, Asia and Africa in order to increase competitiveness and optimize scientific opportunities. The SSI was introduced in March 2001 in Harare, Zimbabwe, on behalf of the Committee of Pathogenesis and Applied Genomics (PAGExternal Link) of TDR, to harness the diverse research and training capability in disease-endemic countries. Please see Link.


13 Jun 2008

Malaria Matters

Malaria Matters is a blog devoted to the subject of malaria, written by Bill Brieger, Professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University, USA. His blog also features many interesting responses and further comments are welcomed. Please see Link.


12 Jun 2008


HIF-net (Health Information Forum) is a global email discussion group that addresses issues of access to information for researchers and health professionals in developing and emerging countries. For further details, please see Link. To join, send an email to - with your name, job title, organisation and brief description of professional interests.


7 May 2008


HIFA2015External Link brings together more than 2000 health professionals, publishers, librarians, policymakers, researchers and others to stop needless death and suffering due to lack of availability of relevant, reliable healthcare information for healthcare providers in low-income settings. The focus is on primary health care. The goal: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider. HIFA2015 has more than 2000 professional members in 135 countries worldwide. Members interact via two global email forums - HIFA2015 ( and CHILD2015 (see below).


6 May 2008


CHILD2015 is a global email discussion group with the following goal: By 2015, every child worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider. The group has a focus on the child healthcare information and learning needs of family carers, primary health workers, and district-level health professionals in developing and emerging countries. For further details, please see Link. To join, send an email to - with your name, job title, organisation and brief description of professional interests.


5 May 2008


HR4D-net (Health Research for Development) is a global email discussion group dedicated to promoting health research to improve the health of people in developing and emerging countries. For further details, please see Link. To join, send an email to - with your name, job title, organisation and brief description of professional interests.

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