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Visit to Cox's Bazar, February 2020

In partnership with our colleagues at the International Center for ICDDRB Office, Dhaka
Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, (icddr,b) and the University of Birmingham, we are conducting a study in the Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp, Bangladesh.

The aim of the study is to examine how easy it is to use rapid diagnostic tests for population-level surveillance of Gastro-Intestinal (GI) infections, and to examine the epidemiology of GI infections among infants in Cox's Bazar.

Some members of the team and PhD student, Ryan Rego, travelled to Cox's Bazar in February 2020 to finalise the study design with our partners, meet with camp officials, and tour the area to get some ideas for the analysis.

Ryan Rego, PhD student working on the research provides an update:

"Since the visit in February 2020, the data collection has been well underway with promising results flowing in, and will be continuing into the rainy season in July, when outbreaks of GI infections are widespread."

Rainy season CXB Queue at water pump Camp Office CXB
"We hope that the data will provide a useful case study promoting the use of rapid diagnostic tests for GI infection surveillance and will also provide valuable information on the epidemiology and spatio-temporal trends of GI infections in refugee camps." 

Toilet blockWaterpump
Photos taken by Ryan during fieldwork in Cox's Bazar.

Click here to find out more about Ryan's research.

22 February, 2021