The Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaborative Initiative (TDRRCI)

Aims:

Specific malaria aims are to:

  • Strengthen capacity within malaria control programs to apply novel tools for molecular surveillance of drug-resistant malaria
  • Determine models for implementation of new methods for safe and effective radical cure of malaria, to eliminate latent stages and prevent onward transmission.

Specific tuberculosis (TB) aims are to:

  • Develop, in PNG, a TB operational research (OR) agenda and conduct structured OR training for key staff from research and service delivery institutions
  • Strengthen the capacity of TB programs to measure the impact of programmatic interventions using continuous quality improvement process, and evaluate pilot models of care to enable scale-up. 
Summary:

Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and malaria pose major threats to health security in the Asia-Pacific region. A consortium led by Menzies School of Health Research has been formed with institutions in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia and the Burnet Institute (Melbourne) to address these challenges. This two-year Australian Government program, the Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative: Responding to Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis and Malaria in the Asia-Pacific (TDRRCI) aims to strengthen health systems and research capacity, including high-quality operational research to prevent and contain malaria and TB. 

In the Stronger Health Systems for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria program we will expand our system strengthening activities, and regional collaborations in PNG and Indonesia. We will build upon our existing capacity development, to scale up new health interventions that address health security and achieve policy transfer, driven by systems-oriented implementation research.

Chief investigators:
Contact information:
Project dates:

Commencing November 2016

Funders:
  • Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  
Collaborators:
  • Burnet Institute
  • Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, Indonesia
  • Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Papua New Guinea National Department of Health
  • Papuan Health and Community Development Foundation
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  • University Malaysia Sabah
  1. $2m grant to combat drug resistant malaria and tuberculosis

    $2m grant to combat drug resistant malaria and tuberculosis

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    A $2m research grant to work towards the prevention, control and elimination of malaria and tuberculosis (TB) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific has been awarded to a consortium led by Menzies School of Health Research, in collaboration with Burnet Institute, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced today.

  2. Tuberculosis, Why havenít we eliminated TB already?

    Tuberculosis, Why havenít we eliminated TB already?

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    Tuberculosis - Medical Republic Why havenít we eliminated TB already?

  3. Supporting TB health systems

    Supporting TB health systems

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    This research was conducted as part of several initiatives led by a Menzies-Burnet regional consortium in partnership with institutions in Indonesia and PNG.

  4. Tuberculosis services in PNG in the journal Public Health Action.

    Tuberculosis services in PNG in the journal Public Health Action.

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    A major output from the Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaborative Initiative between Menzies School of Health Research and the Burnet Institute was launched last week at the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Annual Medical Symposium in Port Moresby. A series of papers have been published by PNG health workers who provide tuberculosis services in PNG in a special supplement in the journal Public Health Action.

  5. How we can end TB by 2030

    How we can end TB by 2030

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    A regional research collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research has been highly productive in building capacity in PNG and Indonesia,.

  6. Management of Tuberculosis: a guide for clinicians

    Management of Tuberculosis: a guide for clinicians

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    The TB Forum has published "Management of Tuberculosis", edited and composed by many of the TB-CRE's key investigators. Including Menzies Associate Professor Anna Ralph