Improving Capacity for Public Health at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR)
Since 2007, IANPHI has partnered with the Bangladesh Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR). With a focus on developing a strong national public health team, IANPHI-IEDCR projects in Bangladesh have spanned from public health mentoring to flood control.
Soon after the partnership was developed, IANPHI supported IEDCR in a project to conduct hospital-based surveillance for typhoid fever in four health facilities in Dhaka. The results of the study provided estimates of the disease burden and informed decision-making and resource allocation for typhoid vaccine across Bangladesh.
A second study aimed to document food-related illness, injury, and death caused by flooding, a natural phenomenon across Bangladesh and a serious health risk. The study’s findings provided much-needed baseline on health effects of flooding in Bangladesh, and also allowed field staff to improve their skills in epidemiologic field work and data collection and analysis.
In 2011, with funding from IANPHI, the institute launched a national web-based surveillance study of disease reporting and surveillance coordination across Bangladesh. This proved to be a groundbreaking project for Bangladesh public health, and results of the two-year project continue to inform long-term policy-making for prevention, detection, and treatment of infectious and non-communicable disease in Bangladesh.
In addition to research-focused projects, IANPHI and IEDCR have worked together to promote training and public health leadership development in Bangladesh. In 2011, six mentor-mentee pairs at the IEDCR participated in IANPHI’s Mentorship Program, which facilitates partnerships between experienced public health professionals and promising current or future national public health institute (NPHI) leaders.