The Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (CDPRG) is a multidisciplinary team within the Department of Global Health & Development in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.The Group is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and conducts research across the SE Asia region, and beyond. It provides a focus of expertise on the diverse public health problems associated with communicable disease control internationally and carries out research that is in support of and for policy reform.

Prof Richard Coker's talk session "Challenges to TB Control: Lessons from the field"at Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University,  on 24 September 2014

Jointly organised by:

1. Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (CDPRG), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

2. Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University 

Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar between LSHTM and Myanmar partners 

From left to right, Prof. Nay Soe Maung (Rector, University of Public Health), Prof. Richard Coker (Head of CDPRG), Prof Pe Thet Khin (HE Union Minister for Health), Dr.Than Aung (Deputy Minister for Health), Dr. Than Zaw Myint (Director General, Department of Medical Science) and Dr. Than Win (Deputy Director General (Medical Care), Department of Health)  

Video on "Research in Cambodia and Indonesia protects the world from disease threats"

Interview with Dr. James Rudge about his team's research in Cambodia and Indonesia.

Video on "Influenza: Preparing for the next pandemic"

Tom Drake and Prof Richard Coker discuss pandemic influenza mitigation measures as they affect Southeast Asia, a region considered by many to be the front line of any future battle against the disease.


25 July 2014
Paper entitled "How to hinder tuberculosis control: five easy steps", has been published in The Lancet
Mishal S Khan and Richard J Coker authored the paper entitled "How to hinder tuberculosis control: five easy steps", which has been published in The Lancet on 24 July 2014,doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61175-2
The control of tuberculosis remains an area of interest and concern. Some recent Lancet papers bring positive news, albeit with important questions left unanswered. Wang and colleagues' longitudinal study 1 concluded that tuberculosis prevalence in China was reduced by shifting to the recommended approach based on directly observed treatment, short course (DOTS) for tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment, but did not consider that economic progress might have also been a driver. 
The paper is available online here.

To read the full article please click here.

CDPRG Overview of Activities  download