icddr,b is the lead of the SAFE consortium. icddr,b manages the overall SAFE project, coordinates the collaborative effort of the partners that includes:

  • Resource utilization
  • Fund flow management
  • Implementation of the intervention

icddr,b contributes in capacity building among the slum dwellers and supports SAFE in:

  • Identifying target population
  • Designing intervention
  • Designing BCC
  • Training of partner organizations
  • Training of stakeholders

To generate evidence on SAFE project icddr,b engages in the following research activities:

  • Designing and implementing the quantitative and qualitative studies (Baseline and Endline), performing data analyses and writing reports and papers
  • Qualitative monitoring of the intervention.

About icddr,b

icddr,b is the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh – an international health research institution located in Dhaka.

Dedicated to saving lives through research and treatment, icddr,b addresses some of the most critical health concerns facing the world today, ranging from improving neonatal survival to HIV/AIDS. In collaboration with academic and research institutions throughout the world, icddr,b conducts research, training and extension activities, as well as program-based activities, to develop and share knowledge for global lifesaving solutions.

icddr,b translates knowledge from research into policy using strategic health programs. This allows basic research to rapidly influence policy applications and action if the evidence supports meaningful public health benefit. Research priorities at icddr,b are cross cutting, such as to child health, infectious diseases & vaccine sciences, reproductive health, health and family planning systems, Improved Health for the Poor, Poverty & health, Control of Chronic Diseases, nutrition, population, HIV/AIDS & safe water and Gender, Health, Human Rights and Violence against Women.

icddr,b has historically addressed issues related to women’s equality both through research and services. icddr,b has been at the forefront of gender research in the developing world since 1980s. icddr,b recognize gender as one of the most important determinants of health and treat it as a theme that cuts across all others. icddr,b’s research areas currently include:

  1. Violence against women;
  2. Women’s empowerment;
  3. Gender and nutrition;
  4. Gender and Development;
  5. Gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS.

Since 1978, the Center has shared its knowledge with the world, training more than 27,000 health professionals from over 78 countries. icddr,b’s activities are supported by about 55 donor countries and organizations, including the Government of Bangladesh, UN specialized agencies, foundations, universities, research institutes and private sector organizations and companies. The Center is governed by a distinguished multinational Board of Trustees comprising 17 members from around the globe.

Staff Bio

Dr. Ruchira Tabassum Naved
Scientist, icddr,b

Dr. Naved is a social scientist working on gender issues in Bangladesh over the last 20 years. Her research work focuses on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender and nutrition, and gender and development. She uses mixed methods in research. Dr. Naved has directed numerous research projects during her research career. She was the PI of the Bangladesh component of the WHO multi-country study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women. She was also the PI of the Bangladesh component of the UN multi-country study on men and violence in Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Naved has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals on violence against women. She was a member of the Expert advisory group for the global burden of diseases, injuries and risk factors study, non-partner sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. She was on the Steering Committee for the UN multi-country study on men and violence, Asia and the Pacific. She is one of the editors of the international peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. She served as a member of icddr,b’s Research Review Committee for more than six years. Dr. Naved has worked at International Food Policy Research Institute, Population Council, and Save the Children/USA. For the last fourteen years she is working at icddr,b, a highly reputable international research organization based in Bangladesh. She is also an Adjunct Faculty of the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.