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18 JUNE 2020
Hindustan Times

Bangladesh-based International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICCDR’B) said the trial would be conducted on 72 infected patients in four hospitals treating Covid-19 in Dhaka, while “the study has commenced in Kurmitola General Hospital and Mugda Medical College and Hospital and discussions with others are underway.”

17 MAY 2020
The Wire

What Hands Do All the Day is a telling film of daily life in a remote rural area of Bangladesh. It was made in the early 1980s by K.M.A. Aziz, a social scientist at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (now known by its lowercase abbreviation icddr,b).

19 FEBRUARY 2020
France 24

"We have brought down the mortality rate in cholera to almost zero in Bangladesh," said senior scientist Firdausi Qadri at the Dhaka-based International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research.

19 FEBRUARY 2020
Eurek Alert

Dr Aliya Naheed, the study's country principal investigator in Bangladesh and a co-author, said, "Uncontrolled hypertension is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, especially stroke, in Bangladesh.

16 OCTOBER 2019
SPIEGEL, Germany

Cholera has provoked devastating pandemics. For decades, bureaucracy and indifference prevented effective protection, even though hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved. Now there is a new vaccine.

The Washington Post

A study out of Stanford University this week says it may also contain lead, a potent neurotoxin. Some spice processors in Bangladesh use an industrial lead chromate pigment to amp up turmeric’s bright yellow color, which makes it a prized addition to curries and other dishes.

06 AUGUST 2019
Project Syndicate

A promising new study indicates that, with the right approach, anemia can be significantly reduced in as little as ten months.

22 JULY 2019
BBC News

A diet rich in bananas, chickpeas and peanuts improves gut bacteria in malnourished children, helping kick-start their growth, research suggests.

11 JULY 2019

Two studies in Science this week now suggest fostering the right gut microbes may help these children recover. The work also pinpoints combinations of foods that nurture the beneficial microbes.

19 MARCH 2019
Eureka Alert

Dr. Wilson developed the model together with Dr. Steven Hawken, a scientist and big data expert at The Ottawa Hospital and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa. After validating the model using Canadian data, they teamed up with researchers from Bangladesh to try it in another setting.

06 MARCH 2019
The Telegraph

Low-income countries are most affected by pneumonia: the illness is about three times more common than in developed countries. The first reason for this is that children in rich countries are vaccinated against pneumonia-causing bacteria pneumococcus. This is pricey, though. The vaccination in the United States, for example, requires four doses costing $200 each.

15 FEBRUARY 2019
Pacific Standard

According to Gurley, who led the Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation Unit and directed the Programme on Emerging Infections at ICDDR,B from 2003 to 2015, it's not a matter of if there will be another pandemic on our crowded and degraded planet, it's a question of when, and which disease it will be—Ebola, Disease X, Nipah? She's spent the past 15 years, first at ICDDR,B and now at Johns Hopkins, doing everything in her power to make sure it's not Nipah.

06 FEBRUARY 2019
The Bangkok Post

For decades, Dr Jan R. Holmgren and Dr John D. Clemens dedicated themselves to research on an oral vaccine against cholera -- an acute intestinal infection caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated...

03 FEBRUARY 2019
The Nation

Dr John Clemens and Dr Jan Holmgren, winners of the 2018 Prince Mahidol Awards in the field of public health, said that not only did the award help them find funding in their fight against cholera, it also raised public awareness of this deadly but preventable disease.

31 JANUARY 2019
The Lily - A product of The Washington Post

A recent study of female garment factory workers in Dhaka found that 52 percent had experienced some form of domestic violence over the previous year.

27 JANUARY 2019
BRUT India

Dr Mohammod Jobayer Chisti was a young doctor in Sylhet, Bangladesh, when three pneumonic children died under his watch for lack of a ventilator. Refusing to accept defeat, he developed an ingenious alternative using discarded shampoo bottles that revolutionised medical treatment in the field. This inspiring story is courtesy of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.

26 NOVEMBER 2018
BBC News

In small villages along the eastern coast of Bangladesh, researchers have noticed an unexpectedly high rate of miscarriage. As they investigated further, scientists reached the conclusion that climate change might be to blame. Journalist Susannah Savage went into these communities to find out more.

21 NOVEMBER 2018
The Guardian

Dengue season usually begins with June’s monsoon rains in Dhaka. An unavoidable fact of life, it proves deadly to a handful of unfortunate victims but by September it has mostly disappeared from the Bangladeshi capital.

18 OCTOBER 2018

DHAKA, Bangladesh — On a humid afternoon outside the world’s largest diarrheal disease hospital in Bangladesh’s capital, a constant stream of patients is seeking urgent medical care. Some of the new arrivals rely on friends and family to carry them through the doors, while the most feeble are wheeled inside on stretchers by medical staff.

10 OCTOBER 2018

This doctor is turning shampoo bottles into "ventilators" and it's helping children survive pneumonia.

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