A randomised controlled study evaluating the health impact of tubewell drinking water in rural Bangladesh suggests that safe storage of drinking water can substantially reduce waterborne illnesses among children. The study found that 41% of tubewells are contaminated with faecal pathogens.
Six Australian cricketers took time out from their busy schedule at the ICC T20 cricket tournament hosted this month in Bangladesh to learn how Australian taxpayers’ money is saving lives in Bangladesh and other developing countries.
In Bangladesh drowning is the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 4 years, accounting for 43% of all mortality in this age group. Every year, more than 12,000 children between 1 and 4 years of age die due to drowning – more than 32 drowning deaths per day.
Researchers at icddr,b’s Centre for Reproductive Health have secured a large funding award to support their research investigating the causes, outcomes and prevention of premature birth.
Recently published findings from a study on depressive illness among healthy adults age 40 years and older in rural Bangladesh reveal that elderly individuals and women of poor socio-economic status are at highest risk of depression.
Findings from hospital-based surveillance conducted by icddr,b from July 2012 to January 2014 show that 67% of children below five years of age hospitalised for diarrhoea in seven hospitals in Bangladesh had rotavirus.
In an effort to further improve maternal and child health, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) partnered with icddr,b to develop a Geographic Information System (GIS) to monitor and evaluate the country’s emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) services (http:lga.icddrb.org/emocgis//).
Professor Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was at icddr,b recently to participate in the 16th International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Pacific Rim and the 48th US-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program Conference on Cholera and Other Bacterial
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases ever known and is an important cause of death and disability among children worldwide. Rubella can cause foetal death or severe birth defects. Both are easily preventable with vaccines.
This week icddr,b is delighted to host two important international conferences that will bring together researchers and policymakers working to address the global burden of emerging infectious diseases and cholera.
icddr,b scientists and a team of international collaborators have won the prestigious CMAJ Bruce Squires Award for their article, ‘Neonatal outcomes after influenza immunization during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial’.
Research undertaken by icddr,b and collaborating institutions have revealed that under-nutrition, shorter duration of breastfeeding and diarrhoea are some of the factors associated with the poor response to the oral polio vaccine (OPV) sometimes observed in developing countries.
Bangladesh is one of the few countries in the world on track to meet both Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 for the reduction of child and maternal mortality respectively.