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18 September 2014
icddr,b is always keen to share its facilities and knowledge to help develop the skills of young researchers. Each year more than 300 local and international students gain valuable field experience by working alongside experienced researchers at icddr,b. We spoke to four of the visiting students about their experiences at icddr,b and in Bangladesh.
15 September 2014
Seed funding will enable researcher to pursue a project that seeks to prevent Japanese encephalitis by vaccinating pigs, the virus reservoir.
09 September 2014
The government of Canada has made a public announcement of its support of icddr,b through 2017 and its commitment to improving the health of mothers and children in the developing world. Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament reaffirmed the country’s support during a roundtable discussion in London, Ontario last week, one of a series of consultations being held across Canada. These consultations followed the announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at last month’s maternal and child health summit in Toronto of 3.5 billion dollars in Canadian aid for mothers and children around the world.
04 September 2014
Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem around the world, and icddr,b scientists are focusing on ways to address it in Bangladesh and beyond. Antimicrobial resistance is the resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial drug that was originally effective. Some of these microorganisms are resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics, which are referred to as superbugs.
01 September 2014
World Water Week, taking place this year 1-5 September, is an annual event reflecting on progress and unfinished business in the quest to improve global access to safe drinking water.
28 August 2014
During a visit to icddr,b on 28 August Mr Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan’s Senior Vice-Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, expressed his appreciation at the impact of icddr,b’s research on public health challenges in Bangladesh and globally.
26 August 2014
In May the Government of South Sudan confirmed a cholera outbreak in the capital city of Juba and surrounding areas. By the third week of June WHO had reported
more than 2000 cases and 42 deaths. Shortly thereafter, icddr,b was asked by WHO’s Global Outbreak and Response Network (GOARN) to participate in their task force set up to assist the South Sudan government in containing the growing cholera outbreak in several states, including Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Jonglei and Upper Nile.
13 August 2014
“I never thought I would complete my two-year tenure as a clinical fellow at icddr,b’s Dhaka Hospital when I joined here in 1998,” said icddr,b’s Dr Md Jobayer Chisiti. His preconceived idea that the hospital offers only treatment and management of diarrhoeal diseases proved to be wrong soon after he joined. Sixteen years on, Dr Chisti is now a scientist working in the areas of childhood tuberculosis, hypoxemia, malnutrition, paediatric critical care medicine and pneumonia, among others. Dr Chisti received the Australian Alumni Excellence Award for innovation and research in 2012.
11 August 2014
Exposure to low to moderate amounts of arsenic in drinking water increases the risk of deaths due to lung disease, according to a new study jointly conducted by icddr,b’s Dr Md. Yunus, consultant and senior scientist, and US based colleagues. The study investigated the association of chronic arsenic exposure and skin lesion status with malignant and nonmalignant lung disease mortality among Bangladeshi adults.
04 August 2014
A recently conducted survey reveals that menstrual hygiene management remains a serious challenge in Bangladesh, especially among school-age girls. Forty percent of girls surveyed report that they do not go to school for an average three days per month during the time of their menstruation. The study also found that 89% of students stored their menstrual cloth in a hidden place for repeated use without washing or drying them in a hygienic manner.
28 July 2014
Cholera, a form of acute watery diarrhoea associated with massive fluid loss and dehydration, spreads from person to person through food and water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. If left untreated it can rapidly lead to death. Cholera is common in places with poor water and sanitation and sometimes causes large epidemics with thousands of people falling ill. Haiti’s cholera epidemic following the 2010 earthquake has killed more than 8000 people. The outbreak in South Sudan, currently affecting about 2400 people, is said to be worsening. In Bangladesh, where cholera is endemic, regular outbreaks are a fact of life and well-managed. Still, WHO estimates 3–5 million cases and up to 120,000 cholera deaths.
22 July 2014
A research proposal to help reduce the enormous burden of post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) developed by icddr,b’s Dr Aminur Rahman Shaheen has been shortlisted for the $10 million grant competition called Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.
17 July 2014
The international organisation Women's Link Worldwide has awarded the Supreme Court of Bangladesh the Silver Gavel in recognition of the Court’s stand in addressing gender-based violence and inequality in Bangladesh.
13 July 2014
The success of Bangladesh’s health improvements is again being celebrated, following the publication in The Lancet of a paper documenting steep declines in the country’s maternal death rate.
10 July 2014
The onset of summer brings with it the risk of the spread of diarrhoeal diseases in countries already vulnerable due to recent armed conflict and mass displacement of populations.
08 July 2014
icddr,b is collaborating with the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) to improve physicians’ abilities to help prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer.
03 July 2014
Every year the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) select a scientific paper to receive the prestigious Shepard Award, which recognises scientific excellence and originality.
30 June 2014
icddr,b organised and hosted a pioneering international training programme on intensive vaccinology in Dhaka, Bangladesh last month that up-skilled participants in the epidemiological and clinical aspects of enteric infections and their prevention and control.
26 June 2014
icddr,b’s Associate Scientist Dr Aliya Naheed has been awarded one of the first fellowships of the Asia Pacific Observatory (APO) for health systems and policies. Her selection was based on a joint application made by icddr,b and the Nossal Institute for Global Health University of Melbourne.
23 June 2014
icddr,b's Dr Tanvir Huda has received a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in round 12 of the prestigious grant competition
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