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MCLASS-II

Muslim Communities Learning about Secondhand Smoke - II

Muslim Communities Learning About Second-hand Smoke in Bangladesh (MCLASS II) is an effectiveness-implementation hybrid study. It is funded by University of York in UK.

TB & TOBACCO

‘The effectiveness of cytisine in achieving abstinence and improving outcomes in TB patients: A two-arm, double blinded, randomised control trial study.<br />

The project is on Tobacco cessation within TB programmes: A ‘real world’ solution for countries with dual burden of disease. The overall objective of the TB & Tobacco project is to reduce the burden of lung diseases in low- and middle-income countries by smoking cessation.

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RESPOND

This research is on “Creating responsive health systems: improving the use of feedback from service users in quality assurance and human resource management in Bangladesh“.

The purpose of this project is to assist the policymakers in designing a comprehensive health systems intervention to make the Bangladesh’s health system more responsive. It is a multi-disciplinary and mixed-method health systems research, using Realist Evaluation approach.

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Urban Anchal

Urban Anchal: Sustainable day-care for 1-4 year olds in disadvantaged urban communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Our study assesses the feasibility of providing day-care centres for young children in Dhaka. This present a holistic solution, allowing women to work whilst knowing their children are safe and provided with ECD opportunities. Our partners, CIPRB, have extensive experience delivering and evaluating childcare in rural Bangladesh. Their model achieved significant impacts on all-cause mortality and injuries.

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Community Dialogue

This study is on Community Dialogues for preventing and controlling Antibiotic Resistance in Bangladesh: a case for support study funded by Economic and Social Research Council, UK.

In this study, we intend to extend the work that we have already done on improving provider capacity to prescribe antibiotics correctly to consumer dimensions of the sub-theme of this call on “stewardship and appropriate use of antibiotics”, as well as to other sub-themes on “awareness and engagement” and “public health as an opportunity to reduce the use of antibiotics”.

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CLASS II

Children Learning About Second-hand Smoke (CLASS-II): A pilot cluster randomised control trial" is in collaboration with University of York, UK and University of Edinburgh, UK.

This is a two arm pilot cluster randomized control trial. The project primarily aims to know the effectiveness of a school-based intervention, 'Smoke Free Homes' (SFH) in reducing exposure of school children to Second Hand Smoke (SHS). Its effect on frequency and severity of respiratory illness, healthcare contacts, school absenteeism, smoking uptake and their lung function, quality of life and school performance are also studied.

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IMPRESS

Intervention for Mothers in Pregnancy to Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoking (IMPRESS)

IMPRESS is the study aimed to culturally adapt, and then evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of evidence-based strategies to reduce second-hand smoking within homes in peri-urban area of Bangladesh. A paper has been published based on qualitative findings from the first phase of the study done in India and Bangladesh. A pilot trial of a multi-component intervention is being conducted under the project.

Smokeless Tobacco Research

Evaluation of Tobacco Dependence Measures of Smokeless Tobacco (ST) users in Bangladesh

ARK Foundation conducted a study supported by University of York, UK titled "Evaluation of Tobacco Dependence Measures of Smokeless Tobacco (ST) users in Bangladesh". This was an 18-month project which aimed to evaluate psychometric properties of the Oklahoma Scale of Smokeless Tobacco Dependence (OSSTD) among Bangladeshi smokeless tobacco users, and to identify underlying constructs and processes that explains dependence among smokeless tobacco users.

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