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Improving case detection of tuberculosis among children in Bangladesh: lessons learned through an implementation research

According to the Bangladesh National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), the proportion of childhood tuberculosis (TB) among all reported cases is only 3%. This is considerably lower compared to other high-burden countries. One of our previous studies identified substantial gaps at the primary care level related to capacity of service providers, supply of required logistics and community awareness about childhood TB. Therefore, we conducted an implementation study with the objectives to address those gaps.

Patterns of maternal care seeking behaviours in rural Bangladesh

Seeking care from a basic or comprehensive facility in response to obstetric complications is a key behaviour promoted in safe motherhood programmes. This study examined definitions of care seeking for maternal health complications used by families in rural Bangladesh, and the frequency and determinants of locally-defined care seeking practices.

Mainstreaming Nutrition into the Public Sector Health System in Bangladesh


TRAction funded research examining the effectiveness of mainstreaming nutrition interventions and services in Bangladesh.  With three main objectives examining constraints to coverage and quality of nutrition services, the overarching purpose of the protocol was to help inform improvements in implementation by identifying strengths and weaknesses in current implementation practices. 

Operations research to improve 24/7 delivery and EmONC services in public facilities by health systems strengthening in Bangladesh


In Bangladesh, TRAction is funding a research study investigating strategies to improve 24/7 (24 hours; 7 days a week) Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) service availability. In Bangladesh there is one comprehensive EmOC facility for every 500,000 population. However, 24/7 services are not available in most of these facilities, mainly due to unavailability of providers. This problem stems from inefficient human resource configurations leading to inadequate 24/7 service availability.

Accessibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness of Aponjon Mobile Phone Based Health Information Messages for Behavior Change for Improved Health Care Practices: A Study in Four Selected Areas of Bangladesh

Research Overview

The TRAction project is supporting research conducted at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) examining an innovative mobile health (“mhealth”)  intervention that utilizes mobile phones to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes.  Termed “Aponjon,” the intervention package disseminates health messages aimed at changing maternal behavior to improve care practices and is administered by the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (“MAMA”).

Feasibility, usefulness and cost analysis of Gene Xpert to increase case detection

Research Overview

TRAction is currently funding a research study in Bangladesh exploring the effectiveness of Gene Xpert technology to increase case detection of hard-to-detect Tuberculosis (TB) cases & drug-resistant strains.

Bangladesh currently ranks 6th among 22 TB high-burden countries in the world. In spite of considerable progress in providing TB services, an estimated 300,000 new cases are detected per year in this country.

Assessing the effectiveness of targeted approach for neonatal health and family planning (FP) services in rural Bangladesh

Research Overview 

TRAction is funding research examining the effectiveness of targeted interventions and services with emphasis on improving access to family planning and outcomes among high-risk populations in Bangladesh.

Updating frequently asked question (FAQ) databank on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Bangladesh

Research Overview

TRAction is currently funding a research study in Bangladesh on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH). This study builds on an existing SRH database compiled from the findings of a comprehensive study on adolescent SRH conducted by icddr,b, a social research institution in Bangladesh.

Understanding the role of community in preventing early marriage and early child-bearing: an exploratory study

Research Overview

The TRAction project is supporting research conducted at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) exploring the underlying cultural barriers that lead to early marriage and high rates of teenage fertility in Bangladesh.



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