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This year's report shows icddr,b's role in global south health research, providing real impact to solve public health problems through innovative scientific research
In Bangladesh, many of our schoolchildren begin smoking under the age of ten and most have not been questioned over their age when buying cigarettes, shows an icddr,b study. icddr,b researchers have also pointed out that the current tobacco regulations are not effective against the widespread use of sadapatha and zarda (dried and processed tobacco leaves) known as smokeless tobacco.
icddr,b scientific advisory group chair Professor Jan Holmgren received the 2017 Albert B Sabin Gold Medal Award in recognition of his pioneering work in mucosal immunology and leadership in the development of world’s first oral cholera vaccine.
Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are increasing globally and often remain undiagnosed in low-income settings. A recent icddr,b study has recommended effective health education interventions to improve diabetes care because of recent alarming growth in people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as such.
A new icddr,b study is exploring whether mothers who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are affected by depression.
People with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a cause for concern for Bangladesh, which is among high MDR-TB burden countries. A recent icddr,b sentinel surveillance has indicated that the number of new MDR-TB patients in Bangladesh may be increasing.
Harmful pathogens in human waste can be deactivated by thermal treatment before the waste can be turned into bio-fertiliser, a recent study conducted at icddr,b has shown.
Findings from a large Bangladesh-based study conducted by University of California, Davis researchers, icddr,b and collaborators show that lipid- or fat-based nutritional supplements consumed during the first 1,000 days can significantly boost children’s growth and development.
In some cases of acute infection, the body’s own immune response begins to attack its own tissues and organs, leading to a life-threatening condition known as sepsis. With an estimated 30 million cases per year, sepsis is a global public health concern. In the developing world, sepsis accounts for 60-80% of lost lives per year in childhood, killing more than 6 million neonates and children yearly. icddr,b scientists investigate an intervention to reduce delays in seeking timely care for childhood sepsis.
One in every 500 children in the country has autism spectrum disorder according to estimates. Misdiagnosis and improper treatment for children and adults with autism only compound the suffering faced by these individuals, and prevent special-needs children from receiving a properly caring environment.
Bangladesh has made particularly exceptional progress in this area. Although Bangladesh has a lower per capita income than India or Pakistan, it has fewer maternal deaths than its richer neighbours. However, much more work remains to be done.
icddr,b scientists investigate whether increased community participation through self-help organisations can strengthen the function and implementation of health activities in resource-poor rural communities.