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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.

Sayera Banu, PhD

Research Scientist
ICDDR,B Laboratory Sciences Division
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Banu is the Principal Investigator for a TRAction study exploring the effectiveness of an active screening strategy in prevention of tuberculosis transmission among prisoners.

Dr. Zeaur Rahim

Scientist and Head of the Tuberculosis Laboratory
ICDDR,B Centre for Communicable Diseases
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr. Rahim is the Principal Investigator for a TRAction study exploring the effectiveness of Gene Xpert technology to increase case detection of hard-to-detect Tuberculosis.
 
 

Dr. K. Zaman

Senior Scientist
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh

K. Zaman is the Principal Investigator for a TRAction project focused on improving the nutritional status of TB-positive patients in Bangladesh.

Sharing Tuberculosis study results in Bangladesh

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.

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.

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.

Improving the Tuberculosis situation in selected urban areas of Bangladesh with special emphasis on slums, marginalized populations, and gender

Research Overview

TRAction is funding research conducted at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) examining the effectiveness of tuberculosis (TB) interventions and services in urban areas of Bangladesh, with particular emphasis on slum populations.  With three main objectives examining constraints to treatment coverage and case detection, understanding modes of transmission was of particular concern as a path toward mitigating the incidence of drug-resistant cases. 

Scaling up screening, detection and management of tuberculosis in Bangladeshi prisons

Research Overview

TRAction is currently funding a research study in Bangladesh exploring the effectiveness of an active screening strategy in prevention of tuberculosis transmission among prisoners incarcerated across 68 penal institutions in Bangladesh.

Tuberculosis (TB) kills an estimated 75,000 people per year in Bangladesh. The country is ranked 6th among the 22 high-burden countries for TB in the world, and 10th among 27 high priority multidrug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB countries.

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