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The Economist

ON HIS first night as a trainee paediatrician in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Mohamad Chisti (pictured above) watched three children die of pneumonia.

22 JULY 2018
Al Jazeera

Everyday 46 people drown - most of them children - but UN officials hope raising awareness will change that.

01 JULY 2018
The Economist

New attitudes are even more needed. In Dhaka’s slums it is often said that “women are flames and men are candles,” notes Ruchira Naved

23 MAY 2018
The Telegraph

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, two-month-old Sammiya flops lifelessly in her mother’s arms, her eyes glazed over. She is suffering from diarrhoea. This may not sound life-threatening – for most of us (in the West) diarrhoea is unpleasant, it might ruin a holiday or mean a few days off work at worst – but for many people across the world it is a killer.

03 MAY 2018
The Economist

FOR the feeding of babies, everyone agrees that “breast is best”. It is not, however, always convenient. Textile workers in Bangladesh, who are mostly women, are entitled to four months’ maternity leave.

02 MAY 2018
Project Syndicate

While Bangladesh's textile trade has put money in women’s purses and challenged a patriarchal society to evolve, economic empowerment has not greatly improved gender equality and female wellbeing. On the contrary, women with jobs in the country’s largest industry are now imperiled on two fronts.

09 APRIL 2018
The Economist

FOR adventurous travellers, it is merely an embarrassing nuisance. But among poor people diarrhoea is a killer. As many as half a million children are thought to die every year from enteric diseases, including cholera and dysentery. Repeated infections also weaken them, laying them open to attack from other killers such as pneumonia. Diarrhoea can even change a population’s appearance. One reason Indian children are shorter than sub-Saharan African children from families of similar means is that they fall sick more often.

22 MARCH 2018
The Economist

The abating of enteric disease, together with the growing use of salty rehydration solutions to treat it, has spared many lives. In Matlab, a part of Bangladesh with good data, deaths from diarrhoea and dysentery have dropped by about 90% since the early 1990s.

07 FEBRUARY 2018
Iran Daily

Improved drinking water, sanitation and handwashing (WASH) interventions reduced child diarrhoea in rural Bangladesh, but contrary to expectations, did not impact child growth — indicates findings from new study by International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) and US collaborators.

11 JANUARY 2018
Project Syndicate

Despite having the expertise to keep cholera in check, the world is losing the battle to contain the disease, especially in regions where conflict persists. Countries like Bangladesh, which have vast experience confronting cholera and other waterborne illnesses, can play a leading role.

07 DECEMBER 2017
Business Standard

Scanning the brain in its early years helps understand how negative experiences early in life affect the brain

03 DECEMBER 2017
AJ+ (Al Jazeera Media Network)
10 OCTOBER 2017

In 1996, Dr Mohammod Jobayer Chisti was working in the paediatric department of the Sylhet Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh. That evening he made a promise that he would do something to stop children dying from pneumonia.

16 AUGUST 2017

Some 40 million people — a quarter of the population — are exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water. Why are simple solutions not being applied?

24 JULY 2017
Science Magazine

Excessive and improper applications of insecticides and other agriculture chemicals in local fruit orchards may have triggered an outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a condition often associated with deadly inflammation of the brain, that killed 13 children in a rural Bangladesh community in 2012

12 JULY 2017
nature Public Health

An unprecedented study in Bangladesh could reveal how malnutrition, poor sanitation and other challenges make their mark on child development

12 JULY 2017
Scientific American

An unprecedented study in Bangladesh could reveal how malnutrition, poor sanitation and other challenges make their mark on child development

28 JUNE 2017
Khaleej Times

In 2012, the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases signalled a bold new vision for international cooperation, in which networking and globalisation could underpin efforts in the global South to eradicate deadly diseases that disproportionately affect the poorest communities.

25 APRIL 2017
Al Jazeera

Climate change is driving an acute water crisis in coastal Bangladesh in which women are bearing most of the strain.

07 APRIL 2017
Next City

They call it Kamala cart. Even if the choice to paint Dhaka’s newest food vending carts kamala — which is Bengali for orange — was intended to placate the Dutch donor who supported their creation, the cheery paint now symbolizes something that hits much closer to home in Bangladesh’s capital city. That something is food safety.

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