TDR, a program for research and scientific collaboration in diseases of poverty based at the World Health Organization (WHO), has won the 2011 Gates Award for Global Health. The announcement was made at a Global Health Council event in Geneva at the World Health Assembly.
TDR supports and advocates for research to address diseases that disproportionately affect those living in poverty and works to build the capacity of researchers where these diseases persist. It has earned praise for efforts to reduce leprosy, river blindness, dengue, malaria and other neglected diseases.
TDR is co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO. The organization has a worldwide network that connect scientists, researchers, nongovernmental organizations and other partners. TDR has trained and mentored thousands of researchers in developing countries, giving them the expertise to become local and world leaders in health research for the benefit of the poor and disadvantaged.
TDR will receive $1 million as part of the award, which was established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to recognize organizations that have made outstanding contributions to improving health, especially in resource-poor settings.