Research for Implementation
Promoting implementation research for accelerating universal health coverageIn recent years, the field of implementation research has been steadily growing in disease-endemic countries. TDR has been a pioneer in partnering with universities and other training institutions in low- and middle-income countries to build both individual and institutional research capacity.
Strengthening Research Capacity
Ensuring ethical conduct of implementation researchTDR and WHO's Global Health Ethics team have jointly developed a training course for researchers and research ethics committees on the important ethical considerations in implementation research (IR). The course comprises six interactive modules interspersed with
activities including case studies, role-play and quizzes.
Seven graduates from the universities implementing the scheme - in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Lebanon, South Africa, and Zambia – were selected to present their implementation research projects on neglected tropical diseases and TB at the conference hosted by BRAC University’s James P. Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29 June – 1 July 2019.
In the northern Amazonian region of Loreto in Peru scientists at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia have been studying the burden and causes of residual malaria. This research will inform the development of new approaches to drive down transmission in the region. It is part of a 13-country project spanning Latin America, South-East Asia, Africa and the Western Pacific region.
Mr Thouk Seng, the director of an elementary school in Kampong Cham, in central Cambodia, is part of a unique project. He and his students are growing guppy fish in large clay pots in his classroom. Not only are the fish being studied as part of a science class; they are also being deployed as eager predators of mosquito larvae, to control the transmission of dengue in the community.