14 OCTOBER 2021

Today, 14 October 2021 is the International E-Waste Day. Electronic waste or e-waste is currently one of the fastest growing waste streams. This is a leading cause of environmental contamination, posing a severe threat to both the environment and human health. The Environmental Interventions Unit (EIU) of icddr,b initiated a project in 2019 funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), which aims to characterise the environmental burden of e-waste and its adverse health consequences to humans in Bangladesh. The study is currently in progress and expected to generate results in 2022.

07 OCTOBER 2021

Maternal and Child Health Division (MCHD) of icddr,b has developed a web-based online platform to provide virtual mental health counselling services to both health care providers and Covid-19 patients. Under this initiative, until now, 1,693 Covid-19 patients and 1,443 healthcare workers have received counselling services in the last four months.


Recently, the National SARS-CoV-2 Variant Surveillance (NSVS) consortium was formed recently comprised of four leading institutes - Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR); icddr,b (formerly International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh); Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF); and Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi).

31 AUGUST 2021

icddr,b’s senior scientist Dr Firdausi Qadri has been awarded the 2021 Ramon Magsaysay Award, often cited as “Asia’s Nobel Prize.”

22 JUNE 2021

Today, scientists at icddr,b have virtually disseminated the findings of a recently completed study that evaluated the extent of spread of SARS-CoV-2 in individuals residing in the slum and non-slum communities in Dhaka and Chattogram. The study also analysed different factors associated with seropositivity, having the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in blood serum.

09 MAY 2021

Professor James Phillips, has received the 2021 Robert J. Lapham Award from the Population Association of America in recognition of his prolific career investing in building health systems research and policy development in Asia and Africa.

04 MAY 2021

The onslaught of the novel coronavirus in late 2019 has affected every part of the world. COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, is associated with symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia which may ultimately lead to death.

07 APRIL 2021

icddr,b initiated a SARS-CoV-2 variant surveillance in December 2020. The findings warrant continuous monitoring of genetic variations of SARS?CoV?2, which is crucial for vaccine effectiveness and patients management.

05 APRIL 2021

IEDCR and icddr,b conducted a study to investigate the suitability of saliva over the nasopharyngeal swab of suspected COVID-19 patients for detection of SARS-CoV-2.