UK to combat lifestyle diseases

MNA Life Style Desk: A number of UK-based agencies will provide Bangladesh support to tackle diseases relating to lifestyle and environment under a five-year initiative.

The support will be given under “Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE)”, reported news agency.

Mainly ‘non-communicable diseases (NCDs)’ will be tackled under the project. An agreement to this effect would be signed on 23 January at Radisson Blu Water Garden in the city.

University of Cambridge, University College London, the University Court of the University of Aberdeen from UK and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b) and National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute (NHFH&RI) from Bangladesh would work for the project.

According to scientific director of the CAPABLE programme Rajiv Chowdhury from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, the project aims to help develop simple, scalable and effective solutions to control major environmental and lifestyle risk factors in Bangladesh.

CAPABLE would recruit 100,000 people from rural areas to the slums of the city to collect data, from those, engineers, sociologists, health researchers and a host of other disciplines will try to understand the risk factors and build a model that can be used to test interventions before they are implemented.


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