The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) is an international health research organization located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dedicated to saving lives through research and treatment, ICDDR,B addresses some of the most critical health concerns facing the world today, ranging from improvingneonatal survival to HIV/AIDS. In collaboration with academic and research institutions over the world, ICDDR,B conducts research, training and extension activities, as well as programme-based activities, to develop and share knowledge for global lifesaving solutions.
ICDDR,B has its roots in the Pakistan-SEATO Cholera Research Laboratory formed in 1960. When Bangladesh became independent of Pakistan in 1971, activities where diminished. In 1978 a proposal by an international group of scientists was put forward to elevate the organization to an international research center. The organization was established in its current form via an act of parliament in 1979. The Centre is credited, among other accomplishments, with the discovery of oral rehydration therapyfor the treatment of diarrhoea and cholera. Oral rehydration therapy is thought to have saved over 40 million people worldwide.
ICDDR,B is one of the leading research institutes in Bangladesh, releasing, according to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, 18 percent of the country’s publications.
ICDDR,B has a mix of national and international staff, including public health scientists, laboratory scientists, clinicians, nutritionists, epidemiologists, demographers, social and behavioural scientists, IT professionals, and experts in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, vaccine sciences.
Since 1978, the Centre has trained more than 27,000 health professionals from over 78 countries. Courses provide practical training in hospital management ofdiarrhoeal diseases, epidemiology, biostatistics, family planning, demographic surveillance, and child survival strategies.
ICDDR,B is supported by about 55 donor countries and organizations, including the Government of Bangladesh, UN specialized agencies, foundations, universities, research institutes and private sector organizations and companies that share the Centre’s concern for the health problems of developing countries and who value its proven experience in helping solve those problems. The Centre is governed by a distinguished multinational Board of Trustees comprising 17 members from all over the world.