On September 18, Drs. AKM Fazlur Rahman and Animesh Biswas from the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) visited JH-IIRU.  Drs. Rahman and Biswas are currently working with JH-IIRU  faculty member Kunle Alonge, as well as project coordinators, Shirin Wadhwaniya and Siran He and director, Adnan Hyder, on a project that aims to reduce the shocking number of childhood deaths from drowning in the country.

As part of the visit, Dr. Rahman gave a lecture in which he discussed the state of morbidity and mortality in Bangladesh and the risk factors for injuries and fatalities, as well as the challenges of developing research capacity in the country.

Dr. Rahman discussed the epidemic of child mortality in Bangladesh, where drowning is the single largest killer of children 1-4 years old, and 22 children between the ages of 5-9 years old die each day, with 60% due to drowning.

The CIPRB was established in 2005 to address this neglected public health issue in Bangladesh and has become one of the world’s leading non-profit research organizations working to prevent injuries in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

At the conclusion of the presentation, Dr. Biswas shared some of his award-winning photographs showing  images of at-risk children as well as pedestrians and drivers.

To learn more about the CIPRB, visit the website at http://www.ciprb.org/index.php?id=1