Collaboration between Government and icddr,b tightens

Dhaka, 27 September 2017 - icddr,b hosted a discussion today, titled “Collaboration between the Government of Bangladesh and icddr,b: Past, Present and Future” at its Sasakawa Auditorium. The event covered a wide range of topics, which included the response to the plight of the Rohingya population and the humanitarian crisis created by their exodus from Myanmar. Hundreds and thousands of people are at risk of malnutrition and varying vector and water borne diseases. icddr,b, an international health research organisation, which also operates at the Dhaka Hospital and provides training to health teams across the world, through its Emergency Response Team,  will work with the government to provide technical assistance.

icddr,b’s lifesaving work and innovative scientific research has  seen it named as recipient of the world’s largest humanitarian award “The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize 2017”.

Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam, Deputy Executive Director of icddr,b welcomed the audience and opened the discussion, while icddr,b’s Executive Director Prof. John D. Clemens welcomed the discussion of collaboration between the government and icddr,b. Prof. Clemens said, icddr,b is proud that the Government of Bangladesh is a core donor, and of our joint work on the sustainable development goals. icddr,b values the leadership role played by the government in health care implementation and provision and icddr,b takes pride in providing technical assistance and evidence based recommendations to support policy decisions.”   

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Abul Klam Azad, Director General at Directorate General Health Service (DGHS) lauded icddr,b’s support in addressing health aspects of refugees which include collecting specimens, liaising with the World Health Organisation about cholera vaccine, establishing makeshift hospitals and hoped for continued cooperation from icddr,b.   

Md. Sirazul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh stressed on the partnership and said, “Government is committed to extend its support to this prestigious organisation and will always be with icddr,b.”

Speaking about the Rohingya exodus and the need to address the health care issues created by the crisis, the Honourable Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh Mr. Mohammed Nasim, MP said, “I count on icddr,b’s technical and evidence based recommendations in the areas of malnutrition, maternal and child health, and infectious disease control. I would expect icddr,b to explore how a mass vaccination of Rohingya refugees, especially for children under 5 years old, can be implemented to prevent any imminent disease outbreaks.”

icddr,b’s scientists, doctors and staffs and government stakeholders attended the event.

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