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23 October 2014

Polio gone but not forgotten in Bangladesh

icddr,b continues to generate evidence in support of the worldwide polio eradication agenda.

 

21 October 2014

Overcoming barriers to kangaroo mother care in Bangladesh

Joanna Lovatt

Establishing a supportive home and community and implementing community-level birth weight assessments are critical interventions for the adoption of kangaroo mother care in rural Bangladesh, new icddr,b research shows.

 

14 October 2014

Can Bangladesh achieve universal health coverage?

Farzana Nawaz

A new analysis by icddr,b scientists lays out the major challenges in achieving universal health coverage in Bangladesh and calls for mandatory social health insurance, a better health information system and stronger political will.

 

08 October 2014

Bangladesh intensifies malaria elimination initiatives by joining regional network

Shahreen Haq

Joining the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network will help the Government of Bangladesh learn from experiences of other countries facing similar challenges and accelerate progress towards a malaria free Bangladesh.

 

02 October 2014

Charting a new course of research on childhood under-nutrition

Farzana Nawaz

icddr,b scientists unpack the complex array of factors behind childhood under-nutrition and propose future avenues of research that will further our understanding of this critical public health challenge.

 

29 September 2014

Heart attacks and obesity on the rise in Bangladesh

Joanna Lovatt

icddr,b joins others on 29 September to commemorate World Heart Day, highlighting the growing burden of cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases in developing countries.

 

25 September 2014

Innovative icddr,b research on infant and child health recognised with new awards

Farzana Nawaz

Seed funding from Grand Challenges Canada helps test interventions to increase breastfeeding among working mothers and integrate infant feeding counselling with parenting advice

 

23 September 2014

Sanitation, education, and vaccines needed to reduce child diarrhoeal deaths

Joanna Lovatt

Better education and improved health and hygiene practices alone may no longer be effective at curbing diarrhoeal deaths as viruses like rotavirus become more prevalent, new icddr,b research says.

 

18 September 2014

Experiences of international students at icddr,b

Wahida Ifat

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

icddr,b researcher’s innovative project receives Grand Challenges Canada award

Farzana Nawaz

Seed funding will enable researcher to pursue a project that seeks to prevent Japanese encephalitis by vaccinating pigs, the virus reservoir.

 

09 September 2014

Government of Canada reaffirms its commitment to icddr,b

Jocalyn Clark

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

Superbugs explained: Q&A about antibiotic drug resistance with Dr Mohammad Aminul Islam

Phil Johnstone

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: Highlights of icddr,b research on water

Joanna Lovatt

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

Japanese Senior Vice-Minister’s visit to icddr,b boosts joint research on public health issues

Nasmeen Ahmed
 
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

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.


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