DAY I ALMOST CHOKED EATING SUSHI WITH FAZLE ABED; he was telling the story- my greatest mistake was spending my life savings on building homes for 100000 refugees. Being an engineer I knew how to do that. But as we were opening the meta-village a young lady came up to me : what education/enterprises do we need to prevent dozens of girls dying every week? So she & I learnt we needed to innovate 5 last mile services for any space girls are born- safe homes, education, health, food, finance; in searching we soon found a billion village mothers wanting to COLLAB. ..mothers 1
Download 2-page guide ...consider cases of new nations after world war 2- how many cases lived up to the peoples simplest dreams, end poverty, food/health/safety for every family member, education geared to decent jobs and happiness? bangladesh did something different- empowering 90% of women to find partners in building their own communities- .over 50 years a new economic model emerged which a billion asian women applied to end extreme poverty- how?.sustainability generation goal 5 100% livesmatter communitY 1 PLATFORMS 1 PLATFORMS 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6; 4 livelihood edu for all 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 ref Safiqul Islam 3 last mile health services 3.1 3,2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 last mile nutrition 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2,6 banking for all workers 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 .
examples from abed builder of largest ngo partnership: Reeta Roy MCF 3.3 1billion$ to vaccinate continent africa 4.3 uganda; Soros 1.1-1.6 ineteconomics bottom-up, 4.4 new university OSUN 3.4 end TB; Gates 1.1-1.6 digital finance; 2.1-2.6 extending mpesa in tanzania's green revolution; world bank 1.3 first 100 ultra poor nations co-researchers, 4,4 first 100 nations early childhood play co-researchers
in contrast tu unicorns, we define hunicorns as billion dollar startup networks to valuable to human life for exiting investors or quarrelsome political parties -hall of fame first 1000 hunicorn collabs with sir fazle abed

36 alumni networks for sustainability generation goal 5 100% livesmatter communities 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6; 4 livelihood edu for all 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 ref Safiqul Islam 3 last mile health services 3.1 3,2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 last mile nutrition 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2,6 banking for all workers 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 .
...2016 bangladesh e-digital schools nationwide :: bangla video:::: brookings video:: :::brac how did this happen?
The Economist 1977

2020s earthlings have the great good fortune that over 50 years from 1970 to 2019, fazle abed helped 1 billion asian women end poverty through 6 connected community building networks celebrating the first 5 sdgs and youth mediating everything else to be first sdg generation -each with a collaboration legacy -we're here to help yu find the network you can most help empower further
ending poverty, celebrating sustainability goals & youthful community building = most enjoyable ways to network; fazle abed (oil company engineer inspired by franciscan values) helped billion asian mothers do this over 50 years - join most exciting action learning networks and lets map AI algorithms = optimal livesmatter community builders -2021 join in glasgow cop26 & dubai rewired greatest youth meetings ever with thanks to &

Which 30 educational and economic partnerships most empower a billion women to end extreme poverty, and value their children’s sustainability? Fortunately for those caring about sustainability 2020s, we can map this by around partners and alumni of 50 years of servant leadership by fazle abed 1970-2019 together with legacy specifications mapped through his final decade

Viewed from 1970, Increasing life expectancy from 25 years below to average helped gravitate development economics world’s most trusted partnership – hence sustainability last mile service markets

3) last mile health
2) agriculture for village food security

4)non-linear livelihood education
5) timing what platforms partners could facilitate entrepreneurial revolution not not just inclusive community but cooperation in full and meaningful entrepreneurial employment

financial entreprenurial revolution for nation's people history excluded from machine age

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

3.6, 3.1 2.1 2.2 iccdr,b jpgsph 60+years cholera lab james grant brac fazle abed

 ICDDR,B = International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh=oral rehydration alumni core multiplier of 1 billion women rural Keynesianism  (current influencers cholera vaccine  supporters sida brits canadians )

its hard to see how a billion rural women would have ended extreme poverty without the alumni of the cholera lab now known as iccdr,b and of borlaug's green revolution where local rice production was found to vary 10-fold by depth of adaptation of ride seed to local conditions - see note filed in the economist 1977 as the happiest chart in the world

while research at iccdr.b is more than 10 years older than the nation of bangladesh  as the institute was founded in east pakistan - the challenge of how to market a virtually free cure  to diarrhea which once killed a third of infants in tropical villages requires understanding the roles of fazle abed, james grant, chinese american friends in the late 1970s and later friends across india- probably no medicical intervention has been open sourced more COLLABoratively than the cholera lab's oral rehydration and those who scaled the most life saving results always asked for the collaboration and the empowerment by and for village women to be the main credit

this 2012 note on the celebration of brac university's james grant school of public health makings its home the iccdrb.b campus from 2012 typifies celebrating every parent who ends poverty not individual inventrs, and dec 2021's next summit hosted by iccdr,b typifies how great collabs attract the greatest sdg partners beyond borders

 09 MAY 2012

Over 250 guests gathered at icddr,b’s Mohakhali campus on Tuesday, 8 May to mark the official opening of the James P. Grant School of Public Health’s new premises, which are housed within icddr,b’s main building. With seven classrooms, 10 breakout tutorial rooms and a 40-student capacity computer lab, the opening of new space is a major step forward for the public health school and its flagship Masters in Public Health programme, which attracts students from around the world. 

Honouring James P. Grant

The James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University was established in 2004 with extensive support from icddr,b and BRAC. The school’s name honours the late James P. Grant, a former Executive Director of UNICEF, who led a major campaign to prevent the deaths of children from easily preventable diseases. In 2008, journalist Nicholas D. Kristof described Grant as "a little-known American aid worker (who) probably saved more lives than were destroyed by Hitler, Mao, and Stalin combined" through his promotion of vaccinations and diarrhea treatments.

A collaborative effort

For several years now, icddr,b has provided essential support to JPGSPH; not only in terms of sharing faculty expertise, but also by giving JPGSPH students access to its research and field site facilities. Students also benefit from access to icddr,b’s state-of-the-art laboratories and its extensive library. JPGSPH’s impact on public health was recognised by the bulletin of the World Health Organization in 2007 when it was selected as one of six of the world’s most effective institutions for promoting innovative higher public health education. This achievement is undoubtedly also testimony to the high level of support provided by its institutional partners.

Inauguration ceremony

At Tuesday’s event, icddr,b’s Executive Director, Dr. Alejandro Cravioto highlighted the benefits that icddr,b and BRAC University’s joint venture will deliver, such as the emergence of new research links in the field of public health. “This joint venture creates the opportunity for icddr,b’s researchers to share and disseminate their extensive knowledge in research and experiences in public health through their teaching at the JPGSPH,” he said. “This knowledge can be transmitted worldwide.”

JPGSPH’s Dean Dr. Timothy G. Evans commented on the school’s rapid growth. In his opening remarks he noted that, “we started with one classroom with a maximum capacity of 30 students. From today, we have new premises and the capacity to accommodate over 300 students at any time.” BRAC University’s Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ainun Nishat, congratulated JPGSPH on the occasion and stated how he is looking forward to deepening relationships between partner institutions. BRAC’s Founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, the event’s chief guest, stated that he was sure that “this collaboration will be fruitful, as well as mutually beneficial, to both icddr,b and JPGSPH.”

The inauguration ceremony was followed by a reception and tour of the school’s new premises.

For further details please contact:

Nasmeen Ahmed 2012


2021 conference with india

Conference on Delivering for Nutrition in South Asia

Hosted by: A consortium of co-hosts from around South Asia

Date: 01 December 2021 09:00 to 02 December 2021 21:00

Location: Online

COVID-19 has disrupted health systems, nutrition services, and food systems around the world, including South Asia.  Research-based evidence and programmatic experiences are essential to support stakeholders to restore services and re-orient programs and policies to support better nutrition outcomes.
We, a consortium of co-hosts from around South Asia, are pleased to announce a virtual conference on ‘Delivering for Nutrition (D4N) in South Asia: Implementation Research in the Context of COVID-19’ on December 1-2, 2021. D4N 2021 aims to bring together evidence that can inform and support policy and program initiatives in South Asia to prioritize and improve maternal and child nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
With this overarching purpose, the key objectives are to:
- Share evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and child nutrition
- Highlight adaptations to support implementation of health and nutrition interventions and social safety net programs
- Identify lessons learned from implementing programs to support maternal and child nutrition during the pandemic


timeline update 2018

icddr,b Timeline

2018Prince Mahidol Award 2018 to icddr,b scientists for oral cholera vaccine (OCV) development

2017: Humanitarian response to Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals in Rohingya camps

2017: icddr,b wins Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize

2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon endorses icddr,b

2016: Charles C Shepard science award given to icddr,b scientist

2016: Single OCV dose protective in endemic setting – finding in New England Journal of Medicine

2015Ultra low-cost bubble-CPAP for treatment of severe pneumonia and hypoxemia in children

2015: Ready-to-use supplementary and therapeutic food (RUTF) to prevent and treat childhood malnutrition

2015Piloting breast milk pasteurisation to enable readymade garment workers breastfeed at work

2014: OCV impact found substantial through Bangladesh’s existing immunisation infrastructure

2014: Gut microbial communities shown to significantly influence recovery from malnutrition

2013The Lancet lauds icddr,b’s contributions in improved health in Bangladesh

2011: First US Patent 7638271 for inventing a new tuberculosis diagnostic method

2011: ‘Continuum of Care’ approach achieves 36% drop in perinatal mortality

2010: Gender violence research feeds into Bangladesh’s Domestic Violence Act

2010: Rotavirus vaccine trial: Key findings in The Lancet

2010: Clean delivery kit & icddr,b birthing-mat to identify women at risk of postpartum haemorrhage

2008: Projahnmo project reports 34% reduction in neonatal mortality in The Lancet

2008: Influenza vaccine cut illness by 63% in infants <6 months; averted one-third of all febrile respiratory illnesses

2005: Independence Day Award, Bangladesh’s most prestigious award

2002: Zinc treatment of diarrhoea found to reduce <5 mortality by 50%

2001: Gates Award for Global Health for development of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)

2000: Assisted Government of Bangladesh with control of major dengue epidemic in Dhaka

1999: Management of severely malnourished children cut to less than 5%

1998: HIV sero-surveillance begins on behalf of Government of Bangladesh

1995: Maternal immunisation with pneumococcal vaccine shown to protect newborns

1993: New Vibrio cholerae 0139 (Bengal strain) identified and characterised

1985: First field trial of oral cholera vaccine launched

1982: Matlab Maternal Child Health and Family Planning project achieves major drop in fertility rates

1980: Tetanus toxoid vaccination of mothers found to reduce neonatal mortality by 75%

1978: Introduction of use of sucrose (table sugar) or unrefined brown sugar (gur) to replace glucose in ORS

1978: Rotavirus identified as most common cause of diarrhoea in infants - highest priority for new vaccines

1978: icddr,b formally established

1968: First successful trials of ORS result published in The Lancet

1966: Cholera fatality reduced to less than 1%

1963: The world’s longest-running health and demographic surveillance (HDSS) starts in Matlab, Chandpur

1962: Dhaka Hospital established

1960: Cholera Research Laboratory (CRL), forerunner of icddr,b, launches in Dhaka

icddr,b research is supported by a combination of core support from bilateral donors and grant income. In 2017, the top 10 revenue sources for restricted and unrestricted grants were:

1) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
2) UKAID: Department for International Development (DFID)
3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA
4) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
5) The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
6) National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
7) Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
8) Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
9) Commission of the European Communities
10) Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Government of Canada


icddr,b is grateful to the Government of Bangladesh for its long-term financial support. icddr,b is also grateful to its international core donors, Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development), Sweden (Sida), and the United Kingdom (DFID). In keeping with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, they provide long-term core funds to support the advancement of icddr,b's strategic plan.

Representatives from each of the development agencies meet regularly with icddr,b to monitor progress and discuss emerging research priorities and outputs. Every year, icddr,b reports performance against an agreed log frame and a joint donor report is commissioned to monitor progress.


2012 beijing co-launch global health  recommended list health systems global

beijing 2012 programme delegates webpage


icddr,b was established in Dhaka in 1960s as the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) Cholera Research Laboratory. 

The Cholera Research Laboratory (CRL) soon developed an international reputation in diarrhoeal disease research. Among its notable early achievements was a key role in the development, testing and implementation of oral rehydration solution (ORS) – a treatment estimated to have saved tens of millions of lives worldwide.

During the 1960s, the CRL also established a large-scale health and demographic surveillance site at Matlab – now the longest-running such site in the global South and an inspiration for many similar sites worldwide.

In 1962, the CRL established the Dhaka Hospital, still run by icddr,b, to meet the urgent need to treat patients, particularly young children, with severe diarrhoeal disease. The Dhaka Hospital has developed into a nationally important treatment centre and provides an infrastructure for an extensive programme of clinical research. Clinical services were also introduced at Matlab Hospital.

As many other factors affect the risk of diarrhoeal diseases or recovery from them – including nutritional status, income, education of mothers, access to clean water, sanitation habits and efficacy of vaccines – research at CRL expanded into new areas of public health. However, it retained its primary focus on evidence-based solutions able to deliver significant public health benefits at low cost to those living in poverty. 

From CRL to icddr,b

In 1978, the CRL received fresh impetus and a new name – the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. In recent years, we have been known simply as icddr,b.

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