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Bangladesh Using Expertise In Cholera Treatment, Prevention To Assist Other Nations Experiencing Outbreaks

Project Syndicate: A Bangladeshi Prescription for Cholera
Azharul Islam Khan, chief physician and head of hospitals at the International Centre of Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)

“…[C]holera continues to flare up during times of crisis, killing the most vulnerable among us. … As a founding member of the WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), icddr,b has deployed expert teams to Zimbabwe, Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique, Syria, Somalia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Iraq. By sharing the knowledge and expertise that we have developed over decades of diarrheal disease management and research, we are playing a leading role in global efforts to tackle outbreaks. … [T]ime and again, researchers and health workers in Bangladesh have demonstrated their expertise at containing cholera outbreaks and saving lives. As the world looks for new ways to curb opportunistic epidemics, it must not overlook the science that developing countries already possess. Cholera is back in the Global South. But, as our work in Bangladesh demonstrates, the Global South has the skills to beat it” (1/11).

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