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.

News

17 November 2014

Paper entitled "How can Southeast Asia increase its preparedness for an Ebola outbreak?", has been published in the East Asia Forum.

Mishal Khan, Andrew Lover and Richard Coker authored the paper entitled "How can Southeast Asia increase its preparedness for an Ebola outbreak?", which has been published in the East Asia Forum on 15 November 2014

Southeast Asia is no stranger to epidemics and is a hotspot for emerging disease threats. There have been serious economic and health-sector impacts from zoonoses including Nipah virus infections, SARS and highly pathogenic avian influenza (commonly known as bird flu)....

The paper is available online here.

WHO's response "Tuberculosis control: hard questions" on the paper "How to hinder tuberculosis control: five easy steps", has been published in The Lancet, Volume 384, Issue 9956, Page 1744, 15 November 2014, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62065-1

Although in their Comment in The Lancet Mishal Khan and Richard Coker (Aug 23, p 646) raise real and well known challenges in the global tuberculosis response, they fail to propose any solutions and downplay efforts and achievements by many stakeholders to address these complex issues. We have some questions:
How much can the statement that countries are “incentivised to obscure programmatic challenges” be generalised? Are the definite tuberculosis burden declines in countries such as China and Cambodia, reported from prevalence surveys somehow unconnected to the expansion of tuberculosis control efforts over the past few years?...read more
All authors are staff members of WHO. The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this publication and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of WHO. We declare no competing interests.
The WHO response is available online here.

Tuberculosis control: hard questions — Authors' reply, has been published in The Lancet, Volume 384, Issue 9956, Page 1745, 15 November 2014, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62066-3

We thank Karin Weyer and colleagues for their interest in our Comment. We would like to address the following two conceptual disagreements.
First, in reference to the role of academic discourse, we happily accept the criticism that our Comment does not propose simple solutions to all issues raised. The purpose of our Comment, in keeping with the role of academic discourse, was to stimulate debate about questions that do not yet have clear answers. Although we do not downplay the efforts of any stakeholder, we question the need to promote simple solutions that WHO seems to expect to work in all settings...read more

Authors' reply is available online here.


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