United Kingdom (UK) based agencies under Cambridge Program to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE) are taking a five-year initiative to help Bangladesh in tackling Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
"Bangladesh would ink a five-year project funded by Medical Research Council, UK to focus on determining the social, behavioral and environmental challenges for Non-Communicable Diseases (NDC) risks in Bangladesh," State Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque informed, reports BSS.
"The project would create new research platforms and use a multidisciplinary approach to address health related Sustainable Development Goals," he added.
The agreement would be signed on January 23 at Radisson Blu Water Garden in the city.
University of Cambridge, University College London, the University Court of the University of Aberdeen from UK and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b) and National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute (NHFH&RI) from Bangladesh would work for the project.
"Our proposal would address the challenges by focusing on intertwined risk factors for NCDs related to social, environmental and behavioural factors not previously been considered in an integrated framework," Director General of health Services Professor Abul Kalam Azad said.
"This project would develop and evaluate practicable and effective interventions that expose major environmental and lifestyle risk factors against NCDs and promote health in the country in an acceptable, sustainable and cost-effective manner," Dr ASM Alamgir, senior scientific officer of IEDCR, said.
According to Scientific Director of the CAPABLE programme Dr Rajiv Chowdhury from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, the project aims to help develop simple, scalable and effective solutions to control major environmental and lifestyle risk factors in Bangladesh.
CAPABLE would recruit 1,00,000 people from rural areas to the slums of the city to collect data, from those, engineers, sociologists, health researchers and a host of other disciplines will try to understand the risk factors and build a model that can be used to test interventions before they are implemented.