Research Projects at our Centres of Excellence

Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    Baseline and End line survey to measure changes and outcomes that result from the Entertainment Education (EE) Campaign on selected adolescent related KAP areas with focus on child marriage
    Objective: To assess the effectiveness of the trans-media entertainment education campaign initiative in triggering positive changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviours among key groups (parents, community leaders, adolescents) in relation to adolescent developmental issues.
    Partners: UNICEF, Bangladesh

    Breaking the Shame
    Objective: To examine the theoretical concepts behind sexual education programs and compare them with data gathered qualitatively and checked partly through quantitative analysis.
    Donors: NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development Programme, Netherlands)
    Partners: Unite for Body Rights (UBR), BRAC Adolescent Development Programme (ADP), Radbound University, Netherlands

    Developing Health Communication Commodities Using Demand Generation I-Kit for Life Saving to Improve Neonatal Care in Rural Bangladesh
    Objective: To improve maternal, child and neonatal health practices in Bangladesh.
    Donors: Johns Hopkins University, USA

    Digital Sister for Urban Youth: Using New Technology for Effective SRHR Communication for Urban Youth of Bangladesh
    Objective: To understand and identify the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) needs and behaviours of Bangladesh’s growing middle-income population, with a special focus on urban-based adolescents and young adults.
    Funder: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, WOTRO Science for Global Development (NWO) (under the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    Partners: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and, Bangladesh

  • Exploring Sexuality of Physically Disabled People through Photo-Narratives in Urban Bangladesh through Photo-Narratives 
    Objective: To employ photography as a platform for the disabled participants to talk about their lived experiences regarding relationships and sexuality. 
    Donors: Share-Net International, Netherlands 
    Partners: Niketan, Netherlands
  • Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)
    Objective: To address the transformative processes of adolescents in the face of discriminatory social norms and institutional barriers by generating data of their capabilities, changing the context of early adolescence through to adulthood and focusing on the dynamic interactions that shape adolescents’ outcomes and life experiences in their world.
    Donor: Department for International Development (DFID), UK
    Partners: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Bangladesh, and
    Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE), UK

    Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare Quality Measurement: Real and Desired
    Objective: To qualitatively explore the usefulness and feasibility of a reduced list of core WHO standard indicators to current facility management practice by interviewing facility managers, providers, program managers, and researchers in Bangladesh, the results of which will be used to inform revisions to a reduced list of maternal and newborn quality of care.
    Donors: Bangladesh and Metrics for Management, USA

    Needs Assessment Study of NIPORT by CGSRHR
    Objective: To review the existing curricula and mode of training delivery for the government frontline health workers
    Donors: Nuffic, Netherlands
    Partners: National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), Bangladesh; Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Program (RHSTEP), Bangladesh; CREA, India; Rutgers, Netherlands; Institute of Gender Studies at Radbound University, Netherlands; MDF, Netherlands

    Preference and Willingness to Pay for Sanitary Napkin among Females Living in Kaliakair, Gazipur
    Objective: To assess the perception, preference and willingness to pay for sanitary napkins among women living in Kaliakair sub-district, Gazipur.
    Donors: BRAC Enterprise’s Sanitary Napkin and Delivery Kit Enterprise, Bangladesh

    Prevalence, Characteristics, Quality of Life, and Health Seeking Behaviours of Women with Maternal Morbidities in a Rural Community of Bangladesh
    Objective: To identify the prevalence of selected maternal morbidities, examine their characteristics, understand the experiences and perceptions of regarding them and explore the care-seeking behaviour of women suffering from such conditions.
    Donors: Nagasaki University School of International Health Development, Japan

    Preventing Early Marriage in Urban Poor Settlements in Bangladesh
    Objective: To investigate the underlying issues that influence early marriages in urban slums in order to better understand the socio-economic and policy factors that contribute to ECM, explore the impact of early child marriage on the economic, social, psychological, and physical wellbeing of adolescent girls and review two key existing interventions in Dhaka city, identifying successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
    Donors: IDRC, Canada
    Partners: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Bangladesh, and BRAC Adolescent Development Programme (ADP), Bangladesh     

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  • “Productivity Differential in Absence of Profit Motive: A case study”
    Objective: To measure individual workers' as well as lines' productivity and understand productivity variations and determinants associated with such variations.
    Donors: Centre for Economic Policy Research, UK

    Psychodrama as Transformative Intervention in the SRH of Young Men in Urban Slums in Dhaka; Proof of a Novel Approach
    Objective: To identify the existing sexual practices and explore the risky behaviours of urban young adult men and measure the effectiveness of Psychodrama and Sociodrama as a transformative intervention to change behaviours and norms associated with traditional masculine believes.
    Donors: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, WOTRO Science for Global Development (NWO) (under the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    Partners: Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands, KIKID, Netherlands, National Institute of Mental Health, Bangladesh (NIMH, B), Bondhu Social Welfare Society

    Reaching Out and Linking In: Health Systems and Close-to-Community (CTC) Services
    In collaboration with Centre of Excellence on the Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (SISU)
    Objective: To strengthen the capacity of CTC service providers, researchers and policy actors by conducting a context analysis of CTC approaches in urban slums and rural areas in six countries.
    Donors: European Commission
    Partners: Marie Stopes, Bangladesh

Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage (CoE-HS&UHC)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    Assessing Long-Term Health Effects of Working Conditions on Female Ready-Made-Garment (RMG) Workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Objective: To examine the long-term effects of particular working conditions on the health of female RMG workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    Donors: International Labour Organization (ILO), Bangladesh

    Biochar-Urine Nutrient Cycling for Health (BUNCH)
    Objective: To enhance homestead food production for improved nutrition in nine rural villages in Bangladesh by conducting a feasibility study of organic nutrient cycling.
    Donors: Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA), UK
    Partners: The University of Heidelberg, Germany, BRAC University (Bangladesh) and Ithaka Institute

    BRAC Health Security Programme (bHSP)
    Objective: To determine the financial coverage BHSP provides against health care cost by reducing out-of-pocket expenditure of beneficiaries, explore the perceptions of the beneficiaries and their reasons for renewal and non-participation into the scheme, investigate the engagement of different BRAC programs in BHSP and eventually aid BRAC to conceptualize the program into a user-friendly and effective risk pooling mechanism.
    Donor: BRAC, Bangladesh

    Building Awareness on Universal Health Coverage: Advancing the agenda in Bangladesh
    Objective: To awareness on core concepts of UHC including its scope and content among different stakeholders of supply side, the activities of which aim to produce a ‘critical mass’ of well-placed stakeholders at the policy and practitioner level in the public and non-state sectors that can advocate for and advance the UHC agenda in Bangladesh.
    Donors: USAID’s Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project, Bangladesh
    Partners: Health Economic Unit (HEU), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW), Bangladesh

    Creating UHC momentum in Bangladesh: the challenges and opportunities
    Objective: To evaluate the contribution of Rockefeller Foundation’s portfolio towards creating UHC momentum in Bangladesh, with an aim to take forward the UHC initiatives to a broader level.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, USA
    Partners: Rockefeller Foundation, USA

    Demand Analysis for prepaid health packages
    Objective: To construct a mapping report that contains basic information about the mapping exercise as well as basic description analysis of the findings.
    Donors: USAID’s Health Finance and Governance Project (HFG), Bangladesh
    Partners: NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP), USA

    Grant Allocations for Studies on Universal Health Coverage
    Objective: To encourage researchers in the health and development field to generate a stronger evidence base necessary for ongoing efforts of developing a pre-payment financing mechanism for reducing the current high proportion of out-of-pocket expenditure in Bangladesh.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, USA

    Health, Hygiene and Housing in Bangladesh
    Objective: To explore the impact of cement flooring on the risk of exposure to parasitic infections amongst children under 5 years of age.
    Donors: Archive Global, USA

    Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals Services (SIAPS) in Bangladesh: Findings From a Baseline Study of Drug Shops in the Private Sector, 2015.
    Objective: To investigate how the drug shops currently operate vis-à-vis, the regulatory regime including dispensing practices of the salespersons, for identifying key action points to develop an accredited model for Bangladesh.
    Donors: Management Sciences for Health, Bangladesh
    Partners: Management Sciences for Health, Bangladesh

    Mapping Private Sector Drug Shops in Seven Selected Districts and One Thana of Dhaka City, Bangladesh
    Objective: To map all private drug stores in selected areas and collect baseline information to apprise and advice the design of Accredited Drug Seller Model in Bangladesh, as part of the Bangladesh Model Initiative (BPMI) Programme of Accredited Drug Seller (ADS).
    Donors: Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Bangladesh.
    Partners: DFID, UK

    Promoting Quality Implementation of Universal Health Coverage: Assessment of Quality of Care at Empanelled Health Facilities
    Objective: To assess the quality of care provided through the empanelled service providers of Shasthyo Suroksha Karmasuchi and Health Security Scheme to ensure Universal Health Coverage among low socio-economic strata in Bangladesh.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, USA
    Partners: icddr,b, Bangladesh

    Taking stock of Bangladesh Health Sector and looking beyond 2015: the gaps and challenges towards achieving Universal Health Coverage
    Objective: To assess the current situation: successes, gaps, challenges for access, scale and quality of services; key priorities for the health sector, post-MDG, by undertaking a series of policy dialogue.
    Donors: World Bank, Bangladesh

    Understanding the Effect of a Health Security Programme in Advocating Universal Health Coverage and Improving Productivity of Semi-Formal Female Workers in Bangladesh
    Objective: To trace the trace the effectiveness of an innovative healthcare financing system in advocating universal health coverage, where there is successful and consensual participation on the part of the workforce and the employer.
    Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, USA

    Understanding the Implementation Process, Financial Risk Protection and Factors Influencing Renewal of a Voluntary Health Scheme in Advocating UHC
    Objective: To generate empirical evidence for understanding the implantation process, financial risk protection and factors influencing renewal of a voluntary health scheme by assessing BRAC’s Health Security Programme (bHSP), with the concept of universal health coverage at the forefront.
    Partners: BRAC, Bangladesh


Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    Assessment of Staffing Need through Workload Analysis in Two Selected Districts (Jhenaidah and Moulvibazar) in Bangladesh
    Objective: To assess the current staffing need in 24 health facilities for delivery of health services at optimum level, and project the staffing need, to implement Essential Service Package (ESP) at the district health system, through application of Workload Indicators and Staffing Need method.
    Donors: World Health Organization, Bangladesh Country Office and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh.

    Digitalization of Health Information System: A tool to improve maternal health services through front line family planning workers in Bangladesh
    Objective: To examine the feasibility and advantage of using open sample registration platforms and m-health technology by the Family Welfare Assistants in selected rural areas of Bangladesh.
    Donors: mPower Social Enterprise, Bangladesh

    Tuberculosis Mortality Rates and Trends in Bangladesh: Secondary Analysis of Mortality Data GFATM TB research (Phase 1 and 2)
    Objective: To evaluate the TB mortality rate using all the databases available in Bangladesh according to the age, sex and geographic distribution over the past 10 years and identify the gaps in the currently available data, such as the use of standard procedures for data collection, definition, validation, and data management.
    Donors: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Switzerland


Centre of Excellence on the Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (SISU)

  • (in alphabetical order)


    Baseline Survey of the Project for Strengthening Health Systems through Organizing Communities (SHASTO)

    Objective: The overall objective of this baseline survey is to report the current situation of NCDs and their behavioral and clinical risk factor along with the situation of the health system in selected intervention sites (Narsingdi district and Dhaka city north) and control sites (Gazipur district and Dhaka city south).
    Donors: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

    Capacity building and evidence generation on Implementation Science for Policy Makers, Researchers and Managers (UNICEF Funded)

    Objective: To build capacity and generate evidence on Implementation Science for Policy Makers, Researchers and Managers
    Donors: UNICEF Bangladesh
    Partner: Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Planning

    Digitalization of Health Information System: A tool to improve maternal health services through front line family planning workers in Bangladesh
    Objective: To test the feasibility and advantages of using nine digitized registers by the Family Welfare Assistants (FWAs) as well as, assess the outcome of the intervention in selected rural areas of Bangladesh.
    Donors: Spider Center, Stockholm, Sweden
    Partners: mPower Social Enterprise Limited

    Implementation Science for Global Health: Lessons Learned from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
    Objective: To systematically document the experience, success and challenges operationalizing the knowledge assets under global polio eradication initiative to build up curriculum in implementation science and taking other global health initiative beyond polio eradication.
    Donors: Bill and Melinda gates foundation
    Partners: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Level 3 Monitoring of Child Protection Programme of UNICEF
    Objective: To conduct level-3 monitoring on the nine-components of the Minimum Package of Child Protection Services Programme of Bangladesh, in terms of availability, accessibility, utilisation, adequate coverage, and effective coverage
    Donors: UNICEF, Bangladesh

    Monitoring and Evaluation of Selected Child Wellbeing Practices through Knowledge Management Outreach Sites (KMOS)
    Objective: To appraise the progress of overall programme activities, assess the implementation processes, and explain the reasons for any deviation in selected sentinel sites, as well as control sites, in an effort to make a positive difference in the lives of children, their families and communities.
    Donors: UNICEF, Bangladesh

    Reaching Out and Linking In: Health Systems and Close-to-Community (CTC) Services In collaboration with Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)
    Objective: To strengthen the capacity of CTC service providers, researchers and policy actors by conducting a context analysis of CTC approaches in urban slums and rural areas in six countries.
    Donors: European Commission
    Partners: Marie Stopes, Bangladesh


Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)

  • (in alphabetical order)

    Analytical Task in Support of Capacity Development in Nutrition Surveillance and Research in Bangladesh
    Objective: To generate evidence to bridge critical knowledge gap with respect to the distribution, causes and consequences of malnutrition in adolescent girls and to assist in decision making on multi-sectoral nutrition programming for adolescent girls with the help of research reports, programmatic briefs, policy consultations and dissemination of findings.
    Donors: World Bank, Bangladesh
    Partners: UNICEF, Bangladesh

    Efficacy of zinc-bio fortified rice in improving zinc status in young Bangladeshi children
    Objective: To determine the efficacy of newly developed zinc bio-fortified rice on plasma zinc concentrations in children between 12-36 months of age in a rural area of Bangladesh, using a double blind randomized controlled trial, in an effort to alleviate public health problems, such as impaired child growth or diarrhoea‐related morbidity, in a sustainable way.
    Donors: HarvestPlus, Bangladesh and ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Partners: icddr,b, Bangladesh

    “Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Africa and Asia (ENRICH)”
    Objective: To reduce maternal and under-five child mortality rate through direct interventions, utilizing nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive efforts to reduce malnutrition in the first 1000 days.
    Donors: World Vision, Canada
    Partners: University of Toronto, Canada

    Evaluating Impacts of a Targeted Homestead Food Production Intervention on the Nutrition of Whole Communities: An Evaluation of Making Markets Work for Women (M²W²) Scale-up Project
    Objective: To evaluate the impact of targeted, nutrition-sensitive, livelihoods on whole communities in Dighinala and Panchariupazila in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.
    Donors: Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program (NEEP) Grant, UK

  • Food Security and Nutrition Surveillance-National Nutrition Services (FSNS-NNS)
    Objective: To assess the national representative nutritional status and health care, specifically among children and women, to reduce the reduce prevalence of malnutrition among them, by tracking the food security and nutritional situation of seven divisions and Dhaka slums in Bangladesh.
    Donors: National Nutrition Services, Institute of Public Health Nutrition, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh

    Formative and Implementation Research: Exploring the implementation setting to better inform the design of the Integrated Nutrition and Deworming Program: Improving Adolescent Girls’ Health & Nutrition (DAWN)
    Objective: To obtain a more accurate understanding of the Bangladeshi context in relation to weekly iron-folate supplementation, explore the implementation setting for possible intervention delivery mechanisms and to inform the process of developing an effective behaviour change strategy among adolescent girls.
    Donors: Micronutrient Initiative, Canada

    Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Report
    Objective: To serve as a hub to reduce mortality and morbidity related to NCD and malnutrition in Bangladesh through prevention, treatment and control with specific focus on identifying aetiology and risk factors, building capacity, creating and updating policies, developing guidelines and quality standards for the prevention, treatment and control of NCDs and malnutrition
    Partners: Imperial College London, Non-Communicable Disease Control unit of Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh (NCDC), BRAC, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS), Bangladesh.

    Prevalence and Factors Associated with Nutritional Outcomes in Under-Five Children:
    The WASH-Nutrition Correlation Study
    Objective: To investigate any associations between household WASH factors and nutrition outcomes among under-5 (U5) children as measured by stunting, wasting and underweight prevalence.
    Donors: UNICEF, Bangladesh