The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) will be partnering with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b), and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to support the establishment of CHAMPS in Bangladesh.
CHAMPS’s site partner in Baliakandi is the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). For more than 50 years, the organization has been committed to finding solutions to public health challenges through innovative scientific research, especially in resource-poor settings. It has expanded from an initial focus on diarrheal disease to include a wider variety of infectious diseases and an emphasis on healthcare delivery. icddr,b also leads efforts to translate research into improved health policy and action.
The Principal Investigator at the site – Dr. Shams El Arifeen – leads icddr,b’s maternal and child health programs, and has nearly 25 years of experience in neonatal and child health interventions. He actively participates in a range of national-level health policy efforts, and is the author of more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) was established in 1998 by the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh as the country’s first medical university. The institute utilizes modern evidence-based scientific knowledge and technology to achieve excellence in postgraduate medical education, research, and healthcare services. icddr,b will collaborate with BSMMU’s Pathology Department to perform histopathology testing of the tissue specimens collected from CHAMPS.
Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) – the country’s leading public health institute since 1976, with responsibility for infectious and non-communicable disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, research and training. IEDCR is also recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a National Influenza Centre and hosts the Global Disease Detection regional center for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP). It has worked closely with the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) since 2007 to define and implement steps toward strong evidence-informed public health decision-making and action.