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Sharing Tuberculosis study results in Bangladesh

Thursday, March 24, 2022

TRAction Project works with partner International Centre for Diarrhoel Disease Research, Bangladesh (iccdr,b) to implement a range of implementation research studies focused on maternal, child health, family planning, nutrition and tuberculosis. iccdr,b is one of the world’s leading global health research institutes, committed to understanding and solving key public health challenges facing Bangladesh and other low and middle income countries. The center is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh and has been carrying out high quality research for 50 years on testing and assessing implementation of interventions specifically designed for resource-poor settings.

Through the TRAction Project, six implementation research studies focused on Tuberculosis (TB) have been supported. These research studies include efforts to increase case detection in rural areas; scaling up management of childhood TB; interventions targeted at slum populations; scaling up screening and detection of TB in prison populations; studying the effects of nutrition education and micronutrient supplements on TB patients; and the use of a Gene Xpert technology to increase case detection of hard-to-detect TB cases and drug resistant strains.

A big focus of the TRAction Project’s implementation science work is to widely share research results with key stakeholders so that findings are put into action through the application of program changes, interventions, and new or modified policies.

In this light, iccdr,b recently held a dissemination event to share research findings of the six TB studies and show how findings are being put into practice. The dissemination event brought together leaders from the national TB program, implementing partners such as BRAC, representatives from the funding agency USAID, and researchers from icddr,b. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about how these studies have made a difference and led to evidence based program changes. Researchers and government officials spoke highly of the TRAction supported studies and the promise of implementation research.

Dr. Asif Mujtaba Mahmud, Senior Technical Advisor, CTB Bangladesh: “It’s nice to see that with TRAction, things are already coming into action – not just research on the shelf.”

Dr. Akramal Islam, BRAC: “We didn’t wait for today’s dissemination to incorporate key lessons into our programs.”

Brig. General Syed Iftekhar Uddin, Inspector General of Prisons: “We have already incorporated many recommendations from these TRAction studies. We are grateful to the researchers, they have opened our eyes and helped us find solutions.”

TRAction Project is excited to see the practical results that can be made through implementation research and looks forward to sharing results of the other studies conducted by iccdr,b in the near future.

Some of the dissemination event attendees included: Brig. General Syed Iftekhar Uddin (Inspector General of Prisons); Dr. Md. Jahangir Alam Sarker (Program Manager, National TB Program); Dr. Asif Mujtaba Mahmud (Senior Technical Advisor, Challenge TB Bangladesh); Dr. Abbas Bhuiya (Deputy Exec. Dir., icddr,b, & Director of Traction); Dr. Akramal Islam (Director, TB & Malaria Control, BRAC – Bangladesh Rehabilitation & Assistance Committee); Marie Donaldson (Associate Director for Program Support and Knowledge Management, TRAction Project).

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