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28 Aug 2018 description

Background: An estimated 671,000 Rohingya people have come to Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25th August 2017. This has increased the total Rohingya population to 884,000 in 13 camps in Cox’s Bazar district. Newly arrived Rohingya peoples are living in spontaneous settlements, and there is an increasing need for humanitarian assistance; including shelter, clean water, and sanitation for about 1.16 million people.

Collectively the sector has installed 6057 water points and 50,087 emergency latrines.

15 Jul 2018 description

Background: An estimated 671,000 Rohingya people have come to Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25th August 2017. This has increased the total Rohingya population to 884,000 in 13 camps in Cox’s Bazar district. Newly arrived Rohingya peoples are living in spontaneous settlements, and there is an increasing need for humanitarian assistance; including shelter, clean water, and sanitation for about 1.16 million people.

Collectively the sector has installed 6,057 water points and 50,087 emergency latrines.

01 Jun 2018 description
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Author(s): National Institute of Population Research and Training; International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh; and MEASURE Evaluation

Year: 2017

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01 Jun 2018 description

Three in every four women in Bangladesh’s rural hard-to-reach districts may not be well prepared for deliveries, an icddr,b study has indicated.

Birth preparedness and complication readiness is a widely acknowledged strategy for reducing maternal and newborn deaths. It aims to reduce care seeking delays, reaching and receiving care during birth, and promoting skilled care at delivery and in the immediate postnatal period.

26 Apr 2018 description

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region in south-eastern Bangladesh is neighbouring to the Greater Mekong region, currently flagged for the spread of resistance to the widely used antimalarial drug ‘artemisinin.’

Artemisinin-resistance means that at present the most widely used drug may not work against the disease spread by mosquitoes.

01 Feb 2018 description

icddr,b is playing a key role to prevent disease outbreak among the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) seeking refuge in Bangladesh. The plight of the FDMNs was mostly hidden from the world until August 2017 when they fled from Myanmar due to a violent military crackdown.

31 Jul 2017 description

Some South Asian countries carry a large part of the global burden of Hepatitis E virus (HEV), especially where water contamination and unsafe drinking water supplies linger.

Although Bangladesh is not among the high burden countries for HEV, many urban and rural areas are fraught with water contamination, poor hygiene and sanitation. New evidence suggests that this is contributing to the spread of waterborne diseases, including HEV outbreaks.

21 Jul 2017 description

A new study with icddr,b identifies various household and community level risk factors that increase the risk of Dengue fever virus (DENV) infection.

Children older than 6 years of age are more likely to be infected by this mosquito-borne pathogen. This may be connected to the fact that they spend more time in crowded places such as schools and parks, notes the study.

At the household level, the presence of ornamental potted plants, potential breeding grounds for mosquitos was found to increase the risk for DENV infection.

01 Jul 2017 description

Executive Summary

Bangladesh—having committed to a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030—has declared a national elimination goal of 2027. The country has made impressive progress towards this goal, reducing cases by 50% and deaths by 54% in just six years. The malaria program has renamed itself as the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) due to its recent successes and transition from control to elimination activities.

16 Mar 2016 description

icddr,b researchers have found that one in five maternal deaths in Bangladesh is associated with jaundice. Many of these cases are likely to be caused by hepatitis E virus, and icddr,b has launched an effectiveness trial of a vaccine that could protect pregnant women from this potentially deadly infection

24 Feb 2016 description

24 Feb 2016

Targeting the household contacts of cholera patients – who are themselves at high risk of contracting the disease – could dramatically cut the spread of cholera, a clinical trial run in Dhaka by icddr,b scientists and international collaborators has shown

07 Jan 2016 description

07 Jan 2016

Reminding mothers about immunisation of newborns through SMS messages has significantly improved vaccination coverage among hard-to-reach populations in Bangladesh, reveals a new icddr,b study.

Despite tremendous immunisation growth, vaccination coverage in Bangladesh stands at only 82% as of 2014, primarily due to the difficulty in tracking mothers and newborns in rural hard-to-reach areas and urban street dweller communities.

23 Dec 2015 description

New findings by a team of international scientists, including icddr,b’s Dr Wasif Ali Khan, have generated critical insights into eliminating Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) malaria, which is deemed a public health threat in the Asia-Pacific region including Bangladesh

04 Nov 2015 description

A recent study documenting the shift of chronic disease from the rich to the poor is the latest piece of evidence generated by icddr,b scientists to highlight an alarming upcoming challenge for health systems in Bangladesh

27 Aug 2015 description

Water is an unusual commodity in Bangladesh: the country lies at the confluence of three major rivers and its soil is highly fertile as a result. But at the same time these rivers and their tributaries harbour public health threats like the toxic heavy metal arsenic and the pathogens that are responsible for cholera. Responding to these challenges, icddr,b is a major contributor to research in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Here a round-up of some of the recent icddr,b research on WASH:

13 Aug 2015 description

Access to free-of-charge or subsidised emergency obstetric care—pregnancy, post-pregnancy and childbirth health care—is very low in Bangladesh, according to an icddr,b survey, but public-private partnerships and incentive schemes could increase coverage to address key causes of maternal mortality

25 Jun 2015 description

Letter from the Executive Director

Maternal mortality in Bangladesh is still too high, at 170 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Moreover, the dramatic decline in under-5 mortality (from 144 to 41 per 1000 live births) between 1990 and 2013 primarily reflects a drop in post-neonatal mortality; the decline in neonatal mortality has lagged behind, and currently accounts for almost 60% of all under-5 deaths – 37% of which occurs within the first 24 hours of life. Bangladesh also has one of the world’s highest burdens of stillbirths.

30 Apr 2015 description

A new icddr,b study suggests that safe storage and handling practices are sufficient for reducing tubewell water contamination and child diarrhoea, without the need for chlorine

15 Apr 2015 description

15 Apr 2015

A recent study published in The Lancet shows that food consumption habits are worsening across the developing world, raising the likelihood of a double burden of obesity and malnutrition in poorer countries

18 Mar 2015 description

In the last two decades there has been a major reduction in undernutrition and a considerable increase in obesity in children in Bangladesh, creating a dual burden of poor nutrition