Published: 24-05-2024 16:08 | Updated: 03-06-2024 10:46

Eleni Aklillu’s appointment as member of the WHO-TDR Scientific Working Group is extended

Portrait of Eleni Aklillu in the lab.
Eleni Aklillu, Professor at the Department of Global Public Health. Photo: Ulf Sirborn

Professor Eleni Aklillu‘s appointment as a member of the World Health Organization's Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR) Scientific Working Group (SWG) extends until 2026. This extension covers the period from 2024 to 2026, reinforcing Professor Aklillu's ongoing contributions to this crucial international body.

Since 2021, Dr. Aklillu has been a member of the Scientific Working Group for Research for Implementation (IMP) and the TDR Global Ad Hoc Working Group. The SWGs of IMP provide guidance to WHO-TDR on specific aspects of its work plan, conduct impartial evaluations of projects and initiatives, and contribute to shaping TDR's strategy. The Ad Hoc Working Group focuses on evaluating and advising on project prioritization and funding selection. TDR relies on these scientific and technical working groups to offer direction and assistance for implementing TDR Global and maintaining engagement within the TDR Global Community, aligning with the Programme's vision and mission.

The recent consolidation of TDR-IMP and TDR-Global into a single entity has led to the extension of Professors Aklillu's appointment as an SWG member for a third term. The newly reorganized Scientific Working Groups provide support for specific portfolio workplans. These are part of TDR’s overall system of consultations and horizon scanning to assess needs and bring in the highest level of scientific oversight and input.

For more information on the WHO-TDR Scientific Working Groups and their role in global health research, visit TDR Scientific Working Groups.