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26 August 2014

icddr,b assists WHO in fight against cholera in South Sudan

Nasmeen Ahmed
 
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

Q&A with Dr Md Jobayer Chisti

Wahida Ifat


“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

Arsenic exposure increases lung disease mortality among Bangladeshi adults

Shahreen Haq

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

Survey reveals poor school attendance during menstruation

Shahreen Haq
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

New evidence helps guide cholera treatment

Jocalyn Clark
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

icddr,b researcher shortlisted for Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development initiative

Nasmeen Ahmed
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

Supreme Court of Bangladesh wins award for taking stand against gender-based violence

Nasmeen Ahmed
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

Bangladesh’s major decline in maternal deaths highlighted

Jocalyn Clark
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

icddr,b experts deployed to help displaced communities fight cholera in Iraq and South Sudan

Nasmeen Ahmed
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

Improving the prevention of human papillomavirus and cervical cancer in Bangladesh

Shahreen Haq
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

icddr,b researchers receive prestigious Shepard Award for HiB vaccine paper

Nasmeen Ahmed
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

Next generation of international enteric disease scientists receive training at icddr,b

Shahreen Haq
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

First Asia Pacific Observatory fellowship goes to icddr,b researcher

Shahreen Haq
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 scientist receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for research on mobile nutrition promotion

Shahreen Haq
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

 

19 June 2014

icddr,b alumnus wins prestigious Stockholm Water Prize

Jocalyn Clark
John Briscoe, an icddr,b alumnus and environmental engineer, has won the prestigious 2014 Stockholm Water Prize, often called the "Nobel Prize of water" for his career tackling water insecurity challenges around the world.

 

16 June 2014

Study findings published in Nature reveal how malnutrition damages healthy gut bacteria in children

Nasmeen Ahmed
Study findings published in Nature reveal how malnutrition damages healthy gut bacteria in children

 

10 June 2014

icddr,b’s 2013 Annual Report released

Nasmeen Ahmed
We’re delighted to announce that icddr,b’s Annual Report for 2013 has been published. The report shares icddr,b’s achievements and progress this past year in addressing some of the most critical health concerns facing the world today.

 

08 June 2014

icddr,b study confirms high risk of malaria infection with ‘slash and burn’ agriculture

Shahreen Haq
Researchers from icddr,b, along with a team of international collaborators from the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, have confirmed the increased risk of malaria associated with jhum cultivation in the hilly parts of rural Bangladesh.

 

02 June 2014

icddr,b helps build capacity of future leaders in the Bangladesh health sector

Nasmeen Ahmed
In line with its mandate to build the capacity of health professionals in Bangladesh through training, icddr,b has initiated a landmark collaboration with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to upskill medical students in the management of acute malnutrition and diarrheal diseases.

 

25 May 2014

World Health Organization report warns of global threat of antibiotic resistance

Shahreen Haq
A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), "Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance," warns that antibiotic resistance to common bacteria has reached alarming levels in many parts of the world.


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