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05 OCTOBER 2021

icddr,b’s Executive Director, Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, and the members of icddr,b’s senior leadership team have visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum to pay homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his birth centenary.

01 OCTOBER 2021

In a webinar held in observance of the ‘International Day of Older Persons 2021’, researchers and public health specialists appeal to strengthen old age care and improve related research to control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

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Today, The Honourable Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh, His Excellency Mr Mustafa Osman Turan, paid his first-ever visit to icddr,b in Mohakhali, Dhaka. H.E. Mr Turan was very keen to learn about icddr,b, a world-renowned public health research institution, and its recent COVID-19 research activities.

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With USAID's support, the National TB Program, MoHFW has transformed the 250-bed TB Hospital in Shyamoli, Dhaka, with state-of-the-art testing and laboratory equipment. USAID's Alliance for Combating TB (ACTB) project, implemented by icddr,b has developed a specialised pool of doctors to detect and diagnose the TB, including multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, and provide safe and effective treatment for all forms of TB.


SARS-CoV-2 genomes and population mobility data together offer useful insight into the management of the COVID-19 pandemic

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15 JULY 2021

Young children with pneumonia in Bangladesh frequently do not respond to common antibiotics, often resulting in death.

30 JUNE 2021

In order to estimate the prevalence of dementia and major non-communicable diseases in seven administrative divisions of Bangladesh, icddr,b and NINS conducted a nationwide survey during April to September 2020.

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29 JUNE 2021

icddr,b Diagnostic Laboratories, the first ISO15189 (Quality) and ISO15190 (Safety) accredited laboratory in Bangladesh, launches its sample collection centre in Dhanmondi.

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20 MAY 2021

icddr,b has selected sa.global and Genex Infosys Limited to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 in order to integrate its business processes and information systems into a single technology platform.

19 MAY 2021

Today, icddr,b has handed over essential supplies containing medical equipment and medicine to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients. This is part of a grant agreement between icddr,b and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to strengthen icddr,b Dhaka Hospital’s capacity to provide COVID-19 treatment to its staff, and also supporting a healthcare facility serving underprivileged people in Dhaka city.

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13 MAY 2021

The vaccine recipients were aged between 40-73 years of age comprising of individuals with or without history of prior COVID-19, and from Dhaka city. It was found that one month after vaccination 92% of the people who received the first dose of vaccine to have high immune response (geometric mean concentration 2,586 ng/ml), and 97% of the people to have even higher immune response (GMT 3,460 ng/ml) two months after the first dose of vaccination.

29 MARCH 2021

A blood pressure management program for rural communities is cost-effective and could be scaled up in low- and middle-income countries.

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15 MARCH 2021

To improve access TB services for all forms of tuberculosis, USAID’s Alliance for Combating TB in Bangladesh Activity, in collaboration with USAID’s Infectious Diseases Detection and Surveillance project, is supporting the National Tuberculosis Control Programme to establish a One-Stop TB Service Center at 250 Bedded TB Hospital, Shyamoli, Dhaka.

10 MARCH 2021

A tuberculosis awareness campaign launch was launched, titled “Year-long TB Awareness Campaign in Bangladesh”. The campaign, supported by the United States Agency for International Development through its implementing partner icddr,b and in collaboration with National TB Control Programme, will raise awareness among Bangladeshis, especially vulnerable communities, to better detect and treat TB over the next year.

11 FEBRUARY 2021

In Bangladesh, one in every four households have at least one adolescent (aged between 15-19 years). More than 97% of these adolescents have attended formal education institute- school, college, or madrasa at least once. Nationally, more than 90% adolescents have access to mobile phones. Seven out of ten unmarried boys own a mobile phone. Around half of ever-married females and a quarter of unmarried girls own a cell phone. At least half of the phones are smart phones. Almost half of unmarried males and one-fifth of married and unmarried female adolescents access the internet at least once a week.

03 FEBRUARY 2021

Over the past few decades, Bangladesh has made significant strides in reducing newborn death. The Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) data showed a declining trend in newborn death until 2014. However, the last BDHS 2017-18 report alarmingly shows that the rate has bounced back.

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