ICDDR,B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal
Disease Research) is an international institute involved in health and
population research and training, based in
The Centre has both national and international staff in the capacities of researchers, medical officers, administrators, health workers, clinicians, demographers, social and behavioural scientists, IT professionals and experts in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, vaccines sciences etc.
Since 1978, the Centre has shared knowledge and techniques with the global community by training more than 20,000 health professionals from 78 countries around the world.
On 15 February 2006, Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardennne said in a speech in Bangladesh: "The Netherlands has been providing funding to ICDDR,B since the mid-1990s. We value the work on sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Both are priority themes in Dutch development policy. Yet the Centre would have to curtail its activities in these areas in order to comply with the Mexico City Policy and other American anti-people-trafficking and anti-prostitution policies.
ICDDR,B's Board of Directors recently decided to phase out contracts that limit their ability to conduct research and provide services. Although this move implies a loss of funding, the ICDDR,B will now have greater freedom to spread knowledge about unsafe abortions and strengthen the national family planning programme. In a country where unsafe abortion practices are a leading cause of maternal death, this work is indispensable.
In support of the ICDDR,B's important work in the fields of health and population, both in Bangladesh and internationally, and in compensation for the funding shortfall, I am prepared to increase our contribution to ICDDR,B.
The Netherlands hopes that the ICDDR,B will continue to play a key role, helping the Bangladeshi healthcare sector to achieve its ambitious objectives. And we encourage the centre to continue its good work for the benefit of all families in Bangladesh."
In 1984 ICDDR,B received the UNICEF Maurice Pate Award in recognition of its work in the treatment of diarrhoeal diseases.
The ICDDR,B website.
last revised: 1 March 2010