• PAHO/WHO Calls for grant applications for operational research  to support the elimination of communicable diseases  in the Latin American and Caribbean region

PAHO/WHO Calls for grant applications for operational research to support the elimination of communicable diseases in the Latin American and Caribbean region

3 Mar 2021

Washington, D.C., 18 February 2021 (PAHO) —The Communicable Disease and Environmental Determinants of Health Department of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), along with the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites grant applications to facilitate and strengthen elimination-oriented operational research in communicable diseases that are potential candidates for elimination through an integrated approach.

The research grants are for a maximum of $30,000. The application deadline is 15 March 2021 (23:59 EST). 

This call aligns with PAHO’s Elimination Initiative, which promotes synergies within the health system and with other sectors within a life course approach and emphasizing primary health care. The Initiative also seeks to strengthen disease surveillance and health information systems; boost the integration of quality-assured health services, systems, and laboratory networks; promote operational research, facilitate policies that favor the elimination of the selected diseases, and implement community mobilization and health promotion efforts. 

The focus for this call will be on the following group of diseases that represent a significant burden and disproportionally affect the more vulnerable populations in the Americas: Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of bepatitis B and Chagas, schistosomiasis, trachoma, soil transmitted helminthiasis and tuberculosis.

The grants are intended for individuals responsible for program implementation in public institutions, including national tropical/communicable disease control programs, ministries of health, academic institutions, research institutes, national research institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

For more information on the call and eligibility criteria, please see additional information on PAHO’s webpage.