Sharing research data: health research data; data on vectors

8 July, 2022

Dear Neil & HIFA colleagues,

There are a number of items in the recent newsletter from TDR* which I think may interest some of our HIFA members. I will be sending a series of messages; apologies to those of you that already receive the newsletters.

1. Sharing and reuse of health-related data for research purposes: WHO policy and implementation guidance:

Although intended for WHO staff and other researchers who are funded in whole or in part by WHO, the guidance, published in April this year, may be useful to others working with health-related data.

2. TDR article on publication of a series of data papers on vectors:

In the article, Dr Florence Fouque, Scientist and focal point for vectors at TDR, stated: "This is an important effort for sharing data on vectors which are essential in the fight against vector-borne diseases," adding "not only does this publication provide relevant

data to researchers and decision-makers, but we believe that *such publication will incentivise data sharing on vectors and that scientists collecting the data around the world will see recognition for the work and usefulness of sharing their own research data*". [My emphasis]

*the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

Best wishes


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group.

Email: naimareza AT