Sylhet, Bangladesh

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored study, “Pneumococcal Vaccine Impact Assessment in Bangladesh,” was designed to examine the impact of the planned introduction of PCV10 into the Bangladesh national vaccine program. The evaluation will be conducted in an established rural research surveillance area with a population of ~750,000 in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh. The study aims to evaluate the impact of PCV10 on pneumococcal disease, including pneumonia. Our study group is evaluating the role of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of child pneumonia, and we are collaborating with the Projahmno study group.

The Projahnmo study group is a partnership of Johns Hopkins University, Bangladesh Ministry of Health, icddr,b, Shimantik, and Child Health Research Foundation.

icddr,b is the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, an international health research institution located in Dhaka. Dedicated to saving lives through research and treatment, icddr,b addresses some of the most critical health concerns facing the world today, ranging from improving neonatal survival to HIV/AIDS. It has a wide range of state-of-the art research laboratories including bacterial culture, molecular activities, biochemistry and genetic analysis. In collaboration with academic and research institutions throughout the world, icddr,b conducts research, training and extension activities, as well as program-based activities, to develop and share knowledge for global lifesaving solutions. Since 1978, the Centre has shared its knowledge with the world, training more than 27,000 health professionals from over 78 countries. Courses provide practical training in topics such as hospital management of diarrheal diseases, epidemiology, biostatistics, family planning, demographic surveillance and child survival strategies. icddr,b’s activities are supported by about 55 donor countries and organizations including the Government of Bangladesh, UN specialized agencies, foundations, universities, research institutes and private sector organizations and companies that share the Centre’s concern for the health problems of developing countries and value its proven experience in helping solve those problems. The Centre is governed by a distinguished multinational Board of Trustees comprising 17 members from around the globe. icddr,b has an annual budget of US $55 million.

Situated in Dhaka Shishu Children's Hospital, the Child Health Research Foundation is running one of the premier microbiology labs in South Asia, having an impressive record of innovation and discovery. Skilled microbiologists use a combination of conventional and state-of-the art techniques and equipment. CHRF is a active model which brings world class microbiological research and science to those people and communities who can most readily and directly benefit from such advances. CHRF is currently running several microbiology studies in Bangladesh and South Asian countries.

Shimantik, a national level non-governmental organization in Bangladesh, started its activities back in 1979 initially to provide succor to the flood-stricken people of Sylhet. It has since expanded its activities to cover wide-ranging areas like non-formal education, primary health care, reproductive health, newborn care, environmental development, women’s development and income generation. Geographically, Shimantik has expanded; it has a staff of more than 2500 in its Sylhet and Dhaka divisions. Shimantik’s mission is to bring about a “social movement” at the local level to create an enabling environment for integrated community-based social and economic development and management initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in poor communities. Shimantik’s aim is to provide service for the welfare of less fortunate people, especially women and children. Since its beginning, Shimantik has partnered with the Projahnmo research group and successfully implemented the Projahnmo studies in the field for the last 12 years.

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