The Centre for Control of Chronic Diseases in Bangladesh is a consortium partnership between BRAC, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). The programme secretariat is based at ICDDR,B in Dhaka. Recent studies indicate that the prevalence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer is increasing significantly in Bangladesh. This increase is observed not only in the urban areas but also in the rural population. For instance high levels of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, impaired glucose tolerance and hypertension have been found. Diabetes has also started to be documented in the tribal population in Bangladesh.
The Centre for Control of Chronic Diseases started its journey in Bangladesh in the context of this rising trend. Its objectives are to ensure better understanding of risk factors, preventive and curative measure for chronic diseases and enhance awareness across the levels of care.
ICDDR,B in collaboration with BRAC and JHSPH is conducting an initial assessment of current chronic disease programmes in Bangladesh. Identification of potential model primary and secondary prevention programs and review of methods and literature on linking chronic diseases and poverty will also be done during the first year of the programme. National policies that deal with the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases are being reviewed, along with an exploration of some pre-existing health care user and provider chronic disease management strategies that fall outside of the formal sector. The Centre will also seek to use the strong links that exist with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and non-state actors to inform and disseminate findings with support from IDS.