Applied Diarrheal Disease Research (ADDR) Project

Project Description

The Applied Diarrheal Disease Research (ADDR) Project was developed by USAID and Center for Global Health & Development scientists, who, at the time, were based at the Harvard Institute for International Development. The goal of the ADDR Project was to strengthen research capacity through an integrated program of innovative training workshops, technical assistance, and a grants program devoted to funding small applied research studies for scientists from developing countries. ADDR provided technical and financial assistance to scientists in the areas of proposal design and development, research project implementation, data collection and analysis, and writing for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

ADDR worked closely with local scientists and policy makers to set the health research agenda and to develop national networks of investigators, with the goal of effecting policy change. ADDR-sponsored research, which emphasized social science research, provided new health interventions, better tools for epidemiologic studies, and better case management and feeding practices in priority countries. All of this research was conducted in the developing countries themselves. ADDR developed a network in 12 developing countries of over 300 scientists, many of whom continued to collaborate long after the end of the project. Several of the grantee investigators from ADDR are now in positions of national significance in their home countries and elsewhere, and a number of them continue to collaborate with the CGHD to further their child health research. ADDR grantee countries include: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Thailand, and Zaire (Congo).

Project Details

Principal Investigator Jonathon Simon
Boston University Co-Investigators Davidson HamerGerald Keusch, Donald Thea
Collaborators
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The New England Medical Center
Country(ies) Global
Dates of Research 1985–1996
Donor/Funder USAID logo United States Agency for International Development (USAID)