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

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Cholera is a diarrhoeal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is usually transmitted via contaminated water and food. In its most severe form it begins suddenly and can cause death by severe dehydration and kidney failure. Major outbreaks occur with explosive increases in the number of cases. Although, about 75% of infected people have no symptoms, cholera can be serious for children and adults. People with lower immunity, such as malnourished children or people living with HIV, are at greater risk of death.

Review Articles

2 Jun 2010

Do the poor benefit from infectious disease programmes?

When interventions are planned, insufficient thought is given as to whether the poorest and most vulnerable members of society will benefit, according to the findings of a new review of the evidence. The reviewers call for more research to assess which infectious disease programmes benefit the poor and to identify the mechanisms that determine “pro-poor effectiveness”.
Source: Journal
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30 Oct 2009

Cholera transmission: the host, pathogen and bacteriophage dynamic

A timely review article examines what we know about cholera.
Source: Nature Reviews: Microbiology
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28 May 2010

Public searches now possible of database of global R&D funding

Access to data from the G-FINDER survey will help funders and product developers better understand where funding gaps lie and how their investments fit into the global picture.
Source: George Institute

5 Mar 2010

In brief

A round-up of new developments concerning the infectious diseases of poverty.
Source: Media reports

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Editorial Opinions

1 Mar 2011

Cholera: a research priority

Over 100 million people die from cholera each year. As an oral vaccine begins a major trial in Bangladesh, we ask what other new control tools are needed to confront the continuing pandemic of this infectious disease of poverty.

24 Feb 2011

Funding research into the infectious diseases of poverty: what happens now?

The latest G-FINDER report says that funding for basic scientific research has increased but finances available for product development have fallen. How can funders determine where the greatest needs lie and work more closely together?

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Research Articles

10 Jun 2011

For cholera, new tool buys time before an outbreak, but investment in water and sanitation wanes

Rain and rising temperatures may offer an early warning of outbreaks, but investment in WASH is waning

20 May 2010

New drugs still lacking for the infectious diseases of poverty

So far in the 21st century (and with the exception of malaria and AIDS), only four new products have become available for treating or preventing infections in poor communities.
Source: PLoS ONE
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15 May 2009

Diarrheal disease: Solutions to Defeat a Global Killer

One of the biggest infectious killers of poor people has slipped off the priority list.
Source: PATH Resources for Diarrheal Disease Control
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23 Dec 2008

The World Can’t Wait: More Funding Needed for Research on Neglected Infectious Diseases

US consumer group reports on government expenditure on neglected infections and says it is not enough.
Source: Families USA
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