Center for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)

Non-communicable diseases (NCD), including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease are impacting negatively on human health and hindering human development. Bangladesh is going through a demographic and epidemiologic transition where disease burden is shifting from communicable diseases to non-communicable diseases. In addition, double burden of malnutrition is an emerging public health issue in Bangladesh. Double burden of malnutrition is closely related to development of NCDs.

With a vision to prevent and control NCD and malnutrition in Bangladesh, the Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition was established at BRAC JPGSPH in December 2017. The aim of the CNCDN is to reduce mortality and complications related to NCD and malnutrition in Bangladesh through prevention, treatment and control. The specific objectives of the CNCDN are to:

i) Conduct and facilitate discovery, development, and delivery research on NCD and malnutrition;
ii) Develop and facilitate development of guidelines, quality standards for the prevention, treatment and control of NCDs and malnutrition;
iii) Facilitate government activities to create and update policies related to NCD and nutrition;
iv) Perform evidence based advocacy to promote healthy lifestyle for prevention, treatment and control of NCD and malnutrition.

The CNCDN is currently involved with several important projects in the area of NCD surveillance, capacity building on NCD, strengthening health system for NCD, assessment of efficacy of zinc-biofortified rice, developing an investment plan for adolescent nutrition and nutrition surveillance. The recent collaborators of the CNCDN include Imperial College London, Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh University of Health Science, BRAC, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) and the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), HarvestPlus, ETH Zurich, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Institute of Public Health Nutrition, National Nutrition Services, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, UNICEF, Shornokishoree Network Foundation (SKNF), Griffith University and Nutrition International (NI)