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30 APRIL 2021

Friendly gut bacteria have emerged as an invaluable ally in the war against malnutrition after a research study in Bangladesh showed that bacteria-targeting food supplements were more effective than standard nutritional supplements in improving the health of undernourished children.

08 APRIL 2021

icddr,b observed a dramatic change in the distribution of SARS-CoV-2 variants when the South African variant appeared. It became the most prevalent variant during the third week of March 2021 by replacing other variants. Most remarkably, the South African variant occupied 81% of the variants in the fourth week of March 2021. Our findings warrant continuous monitoring of genetic variations of SARS-CoV-2, which is crucial for vaccine effectiveness and patients management.

08 APRIL 2021
Science Magazine

To save a starving child, aid workers have long used one obvious treatment: food. But a new study suggests feeding their gut bacteria may be as important—or even more important—than feeding their stomachs. In a head-to-head comparison against a leading treatment for malnutrition, a new supplement designed to promote helpful gut bacteria led to signs of improved growth and more weight gain, despite having 20% fewer calories. The study also highlights how important gut bacteria—the so-called microbiome—can be to human health.

29 MARCH 2021

We continue our “World Tour” of treatments for COVID-19, with this Debriefing interview with Professor Wasif Ali Khan, in Bangladesh.

18 MARCH 2021
Mirage News

The B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2, the UK variant, has been detected for the first time in a Bangladeshi resident. The research is published in Microbiology Resource Announcements, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

03 FEBRUARY 2021
Al Jazeera

As vaccination programmes in the developing world lag behind richer nations' efforts, a drug called ivermectin, commonly used for treating skin conditions and parasites in livestock, has shown some promise.

05 JANUARY 2021
Eureka Alert

A systematic review and meta-analysis of international COVID-19 literature, led by UNSW Sydney, has confirmed that while children under five years old were likely to recover from the infection, half of those infected were infants and almost half of the infected under-fives were asymptomatic.

16 DECEMBER 2020
Be The Hero Campaign

A "Be the Hero: Be the Change" blog about inspirational people who have stepped up to help

08 DECEMBER 2020
Anadolu Agency, Turkey

Patients who took only invermectin for 5 days 77% more likely to have early viral clearance after 14 days, says new study

28 NOVEMBER 2020

icddr,b's Senior Scientist Dr Firdausi Qadri gave an exclusive interview to BBC World Service's The Real Story on COVID-19 vaccines.

06 OCTOBER 2020
The Gates Notes

In 2011, Dr. Qadri and her team at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease and Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) led a feasibility study on a newer, more affordable oral cholera vaccine, Shanchol.

Eureka Alert

Tufts University will lead a $100 million, five-year program to understand and address threats posed by zoonotic viral diseases that can "spill over" from animals to humans, such as SARS-CoV-2, in an effort to reduce risk of infection, amplification, and spread, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today.

28 AUGUST 2020
The New York Times

Bangladesh has approved a late-stage trial of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd in the hope of being a priority recipient for the jab, the health minister said on Thursday.

25 AUGUST 2020
Eureka Alert

Low socioeconomic families - and particularly women - experienced increased financial hardship, food insecurity, domestic violence and mental health challenges during COVID-19 lockdown measures in Bangladesh, a new research study shows.

20 AUGUST 2020
The Guardian

False medical information can be deadly; researchers led by Bangladesh’s International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, writing in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, have directly linked a single piece of coronavirus misinformation to 800 deaths.

12 AUGUST 2020
BBC News

A study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene says about 5,800 people were admitted to hospital as a result of false information on social media.

11 AUGUST 2020

Covid-19 rumors, stigma and conspiracy theories have been circulating in 25 different languages across at least 87 countries -- including the United States -- and this spread of misinformation has led to deaths and injuries, according to a new study.

23 JULY 2020
The New York Times

Bacteria in the small intestine may drive inflammation that makes it harder for children to get the calories and nutrients they need.

21 JULY 2020
The New York Times

DHAKA — Bangladesh's state medical research agency has approved a third-phase trial of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd, as infections rise in the densely populated South Asian country. The trial, to be conducted by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), could begin next month.

20 JULY 2020

The trial, to be conducted by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), could begin next month.

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