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Research Projects at our Centres of Excellence

Transformative competency-based public health education for professional employability in bangladesh’s health sector (TRANS4M-PH)
Objective: To strategically address the high-skilled workforce shortages in the Public Health Sector of Bangladesh. A total of 12 courses from BRAC JPGSPH, IUB and AUW will be transformed into competency-based curricula and 36 faculties will be trained to facilitate competency-based public health courses that will enhance the professional employability of public health graduates in the health sector of Bangladesh.
Partners: BRAC JPGSPH, IUB, AUW in Bangladesh and capacity building technical partners from European Maastricht University (UM), Netherlands and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Donor: Erasmus+

Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    Baseline and end line survey to measure changes and outcomes that result from the entertainment education (EE) campaign on selected adolescent related KAP areas with focus on child marriage
    Objective: To assess the effectiveness of the trans-media entertainment education campaign initiative in triggering positive changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among key groups (parents, community leaders, adolescents) in relation to adolescent developmental issues.
    Partners: UNICEF, Bangladesh

    Breaking the Shame
    Objective: To examine the theoretical concepts behind sexual education programs and compare them with data gathered qualitatively and checked partly through quantitative analysis.
    Donors: NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development Programme, Netherlands)
    Partners: Unite for Body Rights (UBR), BRAC Adolescent Development Programme (ADP), Radbound University, Netherlands

    Digital Sister for Urban Youth: Using new technology for effective SRHR communication for urban youth (15-24 years) of Bangladesh
    Objective: To understand and identify the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) needs and behaviors of Bangladesh’s growing middle-income population, with a special focus on urban-based adolescents and young adults.
    Partners: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and Maya.com.bd
    Funder: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, WOTRO Science for Global Development (NWO) (under the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

  • Exploring sexuality of physically disabled people through photo-narratives in urban Bangladesh through photo-narratives
    Objective: To employ photography as a platform for the disabled participants to talk about their lived experiences regarding relationships and sexuality.
    Donors: Share-Net International, Netherlands
    Partners: Niketan Netherlands

    Feasibility assessment and implementation research for delivering integrated comprehensive SRHR services for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
    Objective: The general objective of this study is to inform government policy-making, and identify pathways to behaviour change among relevant stakeholders and users of antibiotics in both people and animals.
    Partners: WHO | Donors: WHO

    Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)
    Objective: To address the transformative processes of adolescents in the face of discriminatory social norms and institutional barriers by generating data of their capabilities, changing the context of early adolescence through to adulthood and focusing on the dynamic interactions that shape adolescents’ outcomes and life experiences in their world.
    Donor: Department for International Development (DFID), UK
    Partners: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Bangladesh, and
    Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE), UK

  • Identifying Bottlenecks in Adolescent Friendly Service delivery in two selected rural sites in Bangladesh.
    Objective: The overall objective of this study is to understand the bottlenecks in service delivery of two selected sites Adolescent Friendly Service Centres (AFSC) and develop specific recommendations for improvement of the service delivery system.
    Partners: Right Here Right Now (RHRN) Bangladesh platform.

  • LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND: Is the health sector of Bangladesh failing to fulfil the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs)?
    To identify the knowledge gaps regarding health care needs and services for the marginalized populations, the process and underlying factors for their exclusion, and how these can be addressed/what needs to be done to overcome this in the policy and practice levels for achieving an inclusive and Universal Health Coverage by 2030.
    Partners & Donor: Advocacy for Social Change, BRAC

    Maternal and neonatal healthcare quality measurement: Real and Desired
    Objective: To qualitatively explore the usefulness and feasibility of a reduced list of core WHO standard indicators to current facility management practice by interviewing facility managers, providers, program managers, and researchers in Bangladesh, the results of which will be used to inform revisions to a reduced list of maternal and newborn quality of care.
    Donors: Bangladesh and Metrics for Management, USA

    Needs assessment study of NIPORT by CGSRHR
    Objective: To review the existing curricula and mode of training delivery for the government frontline health workers
    Donors: Nuffic Netherlands
    Partners: National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), Bangladesh; Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Program (RHSTEP), Bangladesh; CREA, India; Rutgers, Netherlands; Institute of Gender Studies at Radbound University, Netherlands; MDF, Netherlands

    Preference and willingness to pay for sanitary napkin among females living in Kaliakair, Gazipur
    Objective: To assess the perception, preference and willingness to pay for sanitary napkins among women living in Kaliakair sub-district, Gazipur.
    Donors: BRAC Enterprise’s Sanitary Napkin and Delivery Kit Enterprise, Bangladesh

  • Prevalence, characteristics, quality of life, and health seeking behaviors of women with maternal morbidities in a rural community of Bangladesh
    Objective: To identify the prevalence of selected maternal morbidities, examine their characteristics, understand the experiences and perceptions of regarding them and explore the care-seeking behavior of women suffering from such conditions.
    Donors: Nagasaki University School of International Health Development, Japan

  • Preventing early marriage in urban poor settlements in Bangladesh
    Objective: To investigate the underlying issues that influence early marriages in urban slums in order to better understand the socio-economic and policy factors that contribute to ECM, explore the impact of early child marriage on the economic, social, psychological, and physical wellbeing of adolescent girls and review two key existing interventions in Dhaka city, identifying successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
    Donors: IDRC, Canada
    Partners: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Bangladesh, and BRAC Adolescent Development Programme (ADP), Bangladesh

  • Productivity differential in absence of profit motive: A case study
    Objective: To measure individual workers' as well as lines' productivity and understand productivity variations and determinants associated with such variations.
    Donors: Centre for Economic Policy Research, UK

  • Psychodrama as transformative intervention in the SRH of young men in urban slums in Dhaka; proof of a novel approach
    Objective: To identify the existing sexual practices and explore the risky behaviors of urban young adult men and measure the effectiveness of Psychodrama and Sociodrama as a transformative intervention to change behaviors and norms associated with traditional masculine believes.
    Donors: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, WOTRO Science for Global Development (NWO) (under the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    Partners: Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands, KIKID, Netherlands, National Institute of Mental Health, Bangladesh (NIMH, B), Bondhu Social Welfare Society

  • Reaching Out and Linking In: Health Systems and Close-to-Community (CTC) services in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence on the Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (SISU)
    Objective: To strengthen the capacity of CTC service providers, researchers and policy actors by conducting a context analysis of CTC approaches in urban slums and rural areas in six countries.
    Donors: European Commission | Partners: Marie Stopes, Bangladesh

    Right Here Right Now
    Objective: Advocacy on three focus areas – Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Rights of people with diverse sexuality, and Youth Friendly Services.
    Partners: RUTGERS, Dance4Life, Hivos, Choice Netherlands, ARROW Malaysia, BRAC Education, Bandhu Social Welfare Society, BLAST, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Unite for Body Rights, RHSTEP, SERAC, Oboyob, FPAB, Naripokkho.
    Donors: RUTGERS

    Share-Net Bangladesh
    Objective: Improving communication and knowledge sharing between different actors in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.
    Partners: RedOrange Media and Communications Ltd.
    Donors: Share-Net International


Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage (CoE-HS&UHC)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    ACE Health Project 2 on Pharmaceuticals
    Objectives: To study possibility of extending fixed price Essential Medicine List to reduce medicine expenditure by expanding the market through generating evidence of impurity and cost relation.
    Partners: School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), UK; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK; Transparency International, Bangladesh
    Donors: UK Department for International Development (DFID)

    Assessing long-term health effects of working conditions on female ready-made-garment (RMG) workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Objective: To examine the long-term effects of particular working conditions on the health of female RMG workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    Donors: International Labor Organization (ILO), Bangladesh

  • Biochar-Urine Nutrient Cycling for Health (BUNCH)
    Objective: To enhance homestead food production for improved nutrition in nine rural villages in Bangladesh by conducting a feasibility study of organic nutrient cycling.
    Donors: Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA), UK
    Partners: The University of Heidelberg, Germany, BRAC University (Bangladesh) and Ithaka Institute

    BRAC Health Security Programme (bHSP)
    Objective: To determine the financial coverage BHSP provides against health care cost by reducing out-of-pocket expenditure of beneficiaries, explore the perceptions of the beneficiaries and their reasons for renewal and non-participation into the scheme, investigate the engagement of different BRAC programs in BHSP and eventually aid BRAC to conceptualize the program into a user-friendly and effective risk pooling mechanism.
    Donor: BRAC, Bangladesh

  • Building awareness on universal health coverage: Advancing the agenda in Bangladesh
    Objective: To awareness on core concepts of UHC including its scope and content among different stakeholders of supply side, the activities of which aim to produce a ‘critical mass’ of well-placed stakeholders at the policy and practitioner level in the public and non-state sectors that can advocate for and advance the UHC agenda in Bangladesh.
    Donors: USAID’s Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project, Bangladesh
    Partners: Health Economic Unit (HEU), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW), Bangladesh

  • Creating UHC momentum in Bangladesh: the challenges and opportunities
    Objective: To evaluate the contribution of Rockefeller Foundation’s portfolio towards creating UHC momentum in Bangladesh, with an aim to take forward the UHC initiatives to a broader level.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, USA
    Partners: Rockefeller Foundation, USA

  • Demand analysis for prepaid health packages
    Objective: To construct a mapping report that contains basic information about the mapping exercise as well as basic description analysis of the findings.
    Donors: USAID’s Health Finance and Governance Project (HFG), Bangladesh
    Partners: NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP), USA

  • Exploring pathways of antibiotic use among people and animal: an in-depth study to inform antibiotic prescribing policy development in Bangladesh
    Objective: The general objective of this study is to inform government policy-making, and identify pathways to behaviour change among relevant stakeholders and users of antibiotics in both people and animals.
    Partners: Loughborough University, UK; ICDDRB
    Donors: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK

  • Grant allocations for studies on Universal Health Coverage

    Objective: To encourage researchers in the health and development field to generate a stronger evidence base necessary for ongoing efforts of developing a pre-payment financing mechanism for reducing the current high proportion of out-of-pocket expenditure in Bangladesh.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, USA

  • Health, Hygiene and Housing in Bangladesh

    Objective: To explore the impact of cement flooring on the risk of exposure to parasitic infections amongst children under 5 years of age.
    Donors: Archive Global, USA

  • Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals Services (SIAPS) in Bangladesh: Findings from a baseline study of drug shops in the private sector, 2015.
    Objective: To investigate how the drug shops currently operate vis-à-vis, the regulatory regime including dispensing practices of the salespersons, for identifying key action points to develop an accredited model for Bangladesh.
    Partner & Donor: Management Sciences for Health, Bangladesh

  • Leave No One Behind: Exploring the health care seeking behaviour of street dwellers/floating population in Dhaka City Corporation area, Bangladesh: A pilot study.
    Objective: To explore the scenario regarding health care seeking behaviour and available health care services, and identify gaps at the policy and programme levels for achieving universal health coverage in Bangladesh by 2030 for the street dwellers and floating population.
    Donor & Partner: Advocacy for Social Change and Technology, BRAC

  • Leave No One Behind: Putting marginalized people into the center for achieving Universal Health Coverage in Bangladesh
    Objective: To identify the knowledge gaps regarding health care needs and services for the marginalized populations, the process and underlying factors for their exclusion, and how these can be addressed/what needs to be done to overcome this in the policy and practice levels for achieving an inclusive and ‘universal’ health coverage by 2030.
    Partners & Donor: Advocacy for Social Change, BRAC

  • Mapping private sector drug shops in seven selected districts and one thana of Dhaka city, Bangladesh

    Objective: To map all private drug stores in selected areas and collect baseline information to apprise and advice the design of Accredited Drug Seller Model in Bangladesh, as part of the Bangladesh Model Initiative (BPMI) Programme of Accredited Drug Seller (ADS).
    Donors: Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Bangladesh | Partners: DFID, UK

  • Promoting quality implementation of universal health coverage: Assessment of quality of care at empaneled health facilities
    Objective: To assess the quality of care provided through the empaneled service providers of Shasthyo Suroksha Karmasuchi and Health Security Scheme to ensure Universal Health Coverage among low socio-economic strata in Bangladesh.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation USA | Partners: icddr,b

  • Taking stock of Bangladesh Health Sector and looking beyond 2015: the gaps and challenges towards achieving Universal Health Coverage
    Objective: To assess the current situation: successes, gaps, challenges for access, scale and quality of services; key priorities for the health sector, post-MDG, by undertaking a series of policy dialogue.
    Donors: World Bank Bangladesh

  • Transparency, accountability and good governance for health system strengthening and advancing UHC agenda in Bangladesh: exploring factors involving the frontline health care workers (doctors, nurses and managers) at PHC levels
    Objective: To identify the incentives that give rise to corrupt inappropriate and ineffective care by health care workers and how can we eliminate them
    Partners: School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK
    Donors: UK Department for International Development (DFID)

  • Understanding the effect of a health security programme in advocating Universal Health Coverage and improving productivity of semi-formal female workers in Bangladesh

    Objective: To trace the trace the effectiveness of an innovative healthcare financing system in advocating universal health coverage, where there is successful and consensual participation on the part of the workforce and the employer.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, USA

  • Understanding the implementation process, financial risk protection and factors influencing renewal of a voluntary health scheme in advocating UHC
    Objective: To generate empirical evidence for understanding the implantation process, financial risk protection and factors influencing renewal of a voluntary health scheme by assessing BRAC’s Health Security Programme (bHSP), with the concept of universal health coverage at the forefront.
    Partners: BRAC Bangladesh

 

Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    Assessment of staffing need through workload analysis in two selected districts (Jhenaidah and Moulvibazar) in Bangladesh
    Objective: To assess the current staffing need in 24 health facilities for delivery of health services at optimum level, and project the staffing need, to implement Essential Service Package (ESP) at the district health system, through application of Workload Indicators and Staffing Need method.
    Donors: World Health Organization, Bangladesh Country Office and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh.

  • Baseline research for the BRAC ready-made garments workers well-being project
    Objective: Main objectives is to assess the present socioeconomic condition of RMG workers regarding primary health care, skills training, financial inclusion (DPS, health insurance), online health, legal & psychosocial support by Maya Apa, service integration and worker-owner relationship for the wellbeing of RMG worker and the sustainability of One Stop Service Centre
    Partners & Donor: BRAC Urban Development Programme (UDP)

  • Digitalization of Health Information System: A tool to improve maternal health services through front line family planning workers in Bangladesh
    Objective: To examine the feasibility and advantage of using open sample registration platforms and m-health technology by the Family Welfare Assistants in selected rural areas of Bangladesh.
    Donors: mPower Social Enterprise, Bangladesh

    Health, Housing, and Hygiene in Bangladesh
    Objective: To reduce risk of bacterial and parasitic infection through flooring reconstruction in homes that currently has dirt/mud floors.
    Partners: Association of Development for Economic and Social Help (ADESH)
    Donors: ARCHIVE Global

    Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities
    Objective: The project aims to analyse data bearing in mind the influence of different factors that impact child health outcomes in Dhaka city. This is to shape actionable policy scenarios through stakeholder consultation and validation.
    Donors: Wellcome Trust through Imperial College London

    Tuberculosis mortality rates and trends in Bangladesh: Secondary analysis of mortality data GFATM TB research (Phase 1 and 2)
    Objective: To evaluate the TB mortality rate using all the databases available in Bangladesh according to the age, sex and geographic distribution over the past 10 years and identify the gaps in the currently available data, such as the use of standard procedures for data collection, definition, validation, and data management.
    Donors: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Switzerland

 

Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (CoE-SISU)

  • (in alphabetical order)

     

    Assessing BRAC’s innovative health loans in protecting the poor against health and asset vulnerability in Bangladesh
    Objective: The project aims to improve the existing MTL programme through designing an innovative product as well as developing a decentralised and digitised implementation protocol that allows better access for the vulnerable clients and better monitoring of impacts by BRAC.
    Partners: BRAC Microfinance department, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    Donors: The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ)

    Baseline survey of the project for Strengthening Health Systems through Organizing Communities (SHASTO)
    Objective: The overall objective of this baseline survey is to report the current situation of NCDs and their behavioral and clinical risk factor along with the situation of the health system in selected intervention sites (Narsingdi district and Dhaka city north) and control sites (Gazipur district and Dhaka city south).
    Donors: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

  • Capacity building and evidence generation on Implementation Science for Policy Makers, Researchers and Managers (UNICEF Funded)
    Objective: To build capacity and generate evidence on Implementation Science for Policy Makers, Researchers and Managers
    Donors: UNICEF Bangladesh
    Partner: Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning

  • Digitalization of health information system: a tool to improve maternal health services through front line family planning workers in Bangladesh
    Objective: Assess the outcome, feasibility and advantage of the intervention of digitalizing the 9 registers used by Family Welfare Assistants (FWAs) in selected rural area of Bangladesh.
    Partners: mPower Social Enterprise Ltd. | Donors: Spider Center, Stockholm

    Implementation Research on introducing Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) services in health facilities in Bangladesh
    Objective: To assess and understand the implementation of KMC in selected health facilities in Bangladesh
    Partners: UNICEF Bangladesh, MNC&AH, DGHS, MOHFW | Donors: UNICEF Bangladesh

    Implementation Science for Global Health: Lessons learned from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
    Objective: To systematically document the experience, success and challenges operationalizing the knowledge assets under global polio eradication initiative to build up curriculum in implementation science and taking other global health initiative beyond polio eradication.
    Donors: Bill and Melinda gates foundation
    Partners: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Level 3 Monitoring of Child Protection Programme of UNICEF
    Objective: To conduct level-3 monitoring on the nine-components of the Minimum Package of Child Protection Services Programme of Bangladesh, in terms of availability, accessibility, utilization, adequate coverage, and effective coverage
    Donors: UNICEF, Bangladesh

  • Monitoring and evaluation of selected child wellbeing practices through Knowledge Management Outreach Sites (KMOS)
    Objective: To appraise the progress of overall programme activities, assess the implementation processes, and explain the reasons for any deviation in selected sentinel sites, as well as control sites, in an effort to make a positive difference in the lives of children, their families and communities.
    Donors: UNICEF, Bangladesh

    Partnership to ensure the sustainability of a public health palliative care project in Bangladesh through community theatre
    Objective: To explore local contexts, indigenous knowledge, cultural practices, values and languages of death, dying and end of life care in the specific urban slum of Bangladesh.
    Partners: BSMMU, ULAB, University of Sussex, University of York, University of Glasgow
    Donors: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, UK)

    Psychodrama as Transformative Intervention in the SRH of young men in Urban Slum in Dhaka: Proof of a Novel Approach
    Objective: To identify the existing sexual practices and explore the risk behaviours of urban young adult men (aged 18 to 29 years) living in Dhaka slums, to co-construct the methodology of adapting and delivering Psycho-drama and Socio-drama within the context of risk behaviours of the urban young men in Dhaka also to develop a psycho-education counselling module for young adults on SRHR.
    Partners: Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI), Erasmus University, The Netherlands; Kikid, The Netherlands; National Institute of Mental Health, Bangladesh (NIMH, B); Bandhu Social Welfare Society
    Donors: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, WOTRO Science for Global Development (NWO)

    Quality of new-born care in Bangladesh
    Objective: To systematically document the current scenario of the quality of new-born care in Bangladesh
    Partner & Donor: UNICEF Bangladesh

    Reaching Out and Linking In: Health Systems and Close-to-Community (CTC) Services In collaboration with Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)
    Objective: To strengthen the capacity of CTC service providers, researchers and policy actors by conducting a context analysis of CTC approaches in urban slums and rural areas in six countries.
    Donors: European Commission | Partners: Marie Stopes, Bangladesh

  • Testing of a qualitative interview technique across four countries” as a pilot to designing a global framework for health-policy experiments
    Objective: The overall objective is to test and refine “deliberative interviews”, a cognitive qualitative interview technique based on deliberation. The study aims to assess such an approach to determine its applicability in designing a framework that examines ethical aspects of health policy experiments.
    Partners: University of Heidelberg, TH Chan School of Public Health Harvard University, School of Public Health and Social Sciences, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
    Donors: Wellcome Trust

    To conduct Baseline and End-line survey to measure changes and outcomes that result from the Entertainment Education (EE) Campaign on selected adolescent related KAP areas with focus on child marriage
    Objective: To generate knowledge on edutainment campaigns’ aggregate effects on individuals’ behaviour and sustainability of the behaviour related to different adolescent development issues including child marriage. The projects also aim to determine whether the campaign caused the effects on adolescents and their caregivers over the period of campaign.
    Partners: Asiatic Marketing Communication Limited
    Donors: UNICEF Bangladesh

 

Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    Analytical task in support of capacity development in nutrition surveillance and research in Bangladesh
    Objective: The ultimate objective of the project is to support the government of Bangladesh in making evidence-based decision on multi-sectoral nutrition programming for adolescent girls by analyzing nationally representative FSNSP data (2009 to 2015).
    Partners: UNICEF, GAIN, SKNF
    Donors: The World Bank

    Baseline Survey of Strengthening Health Systems through Organizing Communities (SHASTO)
    Objective: The overall objective of this baseline survey was to report the current situation of NCDs and their behavioural and clinical risk factor in selected intervention sites (Narsingdi district and Dhaka City North) and control sites (Gazipur district and Dhaka City South).
    Partner & Donor: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

    Efficacy of zinc-bio fortified rice in improving zinc status in young Bangladeshi children
    Objective: To determine the efficacy of newly developed zinc bio-fortified rice on plasma zinc concentrations in children between 12-36 months of age in a rural area of Bangladesh, using a double blind randomized controlled trial, in an effort to alleviate public health problems, such as impaired child growth or diarrhea‐related morbidity, in a sustainable way.
    Donors: HarvestPlus, Bangladesh and ETH Zurich, Switzerland | Partners: icddr,b

  • Enhancing nutrition services to improve maternal and child health in africa and asia (enrich)- midline evaluation; Bangladesh
    Objective: The ENRICH program’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan (MEP) guides a coordinated approach to measuring the effectiveness and impact of ENRICH program interventions across the whole implementation cycle- including achievements of immediate and intermediate outcomes and impact evaluation at end-line as identified within the Performance Measurement Framework (PMF).
    Partners: University of Toronto
    Donors: World Vision

    Food Security and Nutrition Surveillance-National Nutrition Services (FSNS-NNS)
    Objective: To assess the national representative nutritional status and health care, specifically among children and women, to reduce the reduce prevalence of malnutrition among them, by tracking the food security and nutritional situation of seven divisions and Dhaka slums in Bangladesh.
    Donors: National Nutrition Services, Institute of Public Health Nutrition, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh

  • Formative and Implementation Research: Exploring the implementation setting to better inform the design of the Integrated Nutrition and Deworming Program: Improving Adolescent Girls’ Health & Nutrition (DAWN)
    Objective: To obtain a more accurate understanding of the Bangladeshi context in relation to weekly iron-folate supplementation, explore the implementation setting for possible intervention delivery mechanisms and to inform the process of developing an effective behavior change strategy among adolescent girls.
    Donors: Micronutrient Initiative, Canada

  • Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Report
    Objective: To serve as a hub to reduce mortality and morbidity related to NCD and malnutrition in Bangladesh through prevention, treatment and control with specific focus on identifying etiology and risk factors, building capacity, creating and updating policies, developing guidelines and quality standards for the prevention, treatment and control of NCDs and malnutrition
    Partners: Imperial College London, Non-Communicable Disease Control unit of Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh (NCDC), BRAC, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS), Bangladesh.

  • Nutrition Surveillance on Food Security and Nutrition in Bangladesh (NSFSN)
    Objective: The overall objective of the proposed action is to institutionalize the nutritional surveillance into a national framework with the support of the National Nutrition Services (NNS).
    Partners: Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health
    Donors: Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

    Prevalence and factors associated with nutritional outcomes in under-five children: The WASH-Nutrition Correlation Study
    Objective: To investigate any associations between household WASH factors and nutrition outcomes among under-5 (U5) children as measured by stunting, wasting and underweight prevalence.
    Donors: UNICEF, Bangladesh

    The efficacy of zinc-biofortified rice in improving zinc status in young Bangladeshi children: A double blind randomized controlled trial
    Objective: The primary study objective is to assess the efficacy of the newly developed zinc bio-fortified rice on plasma zinc concentrations in stunted zinc depleted children between 12-36 months of age in a rural area of Bangladesh in comparison to their controls.
    Partners: ETH Zürich, BRRI
    Donors: Harverst Plus

    Understanding the patterns and determinants of health in South Asians people-South Asia Biobank
    Objective: Strengthen NCD surveillance systems in Bangladesh by establishing 30 surveillance sites across the country. And complete structured assessments on a representative sample of up to 30,000 Bangladeshi men and women aged 18+ years, living at the 30 surveillance sites using standardized approaches. Also to provide nationally representative data on the burden of T2D, CVD and their risk factors, and on the quality of care for these major NCDs to quantify needs, in Bangladeshi populations.
    Partners: Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), Bangladesh University of Health Science (BUHS), BRAC, Imperial College London
    Donors: Imperial College London

    Understanding the patterns and determinants of health in South Asian people - South Asia Biobank

    Objective: Strengthen NCD surveillance systems in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, by establishing a network of >200 surveillance sites across these South Asian countries by using standardised approaches, complete structured assessments on a representative sample of up to 180,000 South Asian men and women aged 18+ years, living at the >200 surveillance sites. Collect and store biological samples for epidemiological purposes. The study will provide the first robust, nationally representative data on the burden of T2D, CVD and their risk factors, and on the quality of care for these major NCDs to quantify needs, in South Asian populations.

    Partners:
    International: Imperial College London, UK; Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India; Max Healthcare, Devki Devi Foundation, India; Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Pakistan; King Edward Medical University, Services Institute of Medical Science, Pakistan; University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
    National: Non Communicable Disease Control (NCDC), Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Bangladesh; Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM); BRAC; Bangladesh University of Health Science (BUHS); National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD).
    Donors: National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR), UK