The Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241564489 ISBN-10    9241564482
Order Number    19300257 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    40.00 / US$    48.00 Developing countries:    CHF    40.00
English     2012        168   pages
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Infectious diseases remain key agents of the debilitating poverty afflicting so much of the world today. Each year these diseases kill almost 9 million people, many of them children 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 prevent them from spreading could have an enormous impact on efforts to lift people out of poverty and to build a better world for future generations.

The global report for research on infectious diseases of poverty is an independent publication comprising different viewpoints written by expert authors in each chapter. It was initiated and facilitated by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, supported by the European Commission, and based on wide contributions from stakeholders at various stages of the work. It offers new ways of improving public health in low and middle income countries, with research as the compelling foundation and driver for policies.

The first chapter sets the context and outlines ten areas where research on infectious diseases of poverty can make major improvements; these form the framework for the rest of the report. The next three chapters take these ten areas forward by focusing on specific themes: the environment, health systems, and innovation and technology. A fifth chapter discusses the research funding landscape while the final sixth chapter considers the issues and evidence presented in the rest of the report to propose high level actions, including the best research strategies against infectious diseases of poverty.

Implementation of the actions proposed in this report should help improve current research prioritization processes, guide investment strategies and enhance commitment to using research to promote global health equity. If, like the Millennium Development Goals, these options for action are focused on by policy-makers, funders and researchers, they should lead to well-planned, effective, and powerful health interventions and have a real chance of saving millions of lives in years to come.