Climate Variability, Social Change and Dengue in Bangladesh

Since the year 2000, the major cities of Bangladesh have experienced a resurgence of dengue. Dengue is a major public health concern because of its epidemic potential in any one year, and because of the limited understanding of disease transmission dynamics in the country.

This project aims to advance knowledge on dengue transmission, and design community-based prevention and control strategies using an ecosystem approach. Researchers will carry out a serological study in nine city wards in Dhaka with different levels of dengue virus transmission; a clinical study of suspected cases of dengue in two hospitals; entomological surveys in the nine wards already mentioned; and an ethnographic study in three wards to examine the social and ecological factors affecting vector density. Various options for vector control will be explored through a participatory process guided by a sustainable development perspective.

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Start Date

Friday, February 26, 2010

End Date

Sunday, March 15, 2015


48 months

IDRC Officer

Beeche, Arlyne

Total funding

CA$ 595,515


Bangladesh, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Canada


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Gias Uddin Ahsan


North South University

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Project Leader

Dr. C. Emdad Haque


University of Manitoba

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