Date Published: November 25, 2008
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Daniel J. Carucci, Michael Gottlieb, Gavin Yamey
Partial Text: In this issue of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Abdallah Daar and colleagues describe the fourth independent external analysis and evaluation of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and summarize the findings resulting from the review . The panel responsible for the review and report, which was chaired by Daar, recommends several critical areas of refocus and reorganization and calls for additional funding of TDR. In making its recommendations, the panel considers the changes that have taken place over the last decade. The most notable change was the unprecedented increase in funding, external to TDR, for research and control of tropical diseases and the accompanying establishment of product development partnerships (PDPs).