Welcome To Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases

Considering the importance of prevalent tropical and infectious diseases and emerging illness the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh took an initiative to set up a dedicated institute on Tropical and Infectious Diseases at Chittagong in the premise of infectious disease at Fauzdarhat, Chittagong through Health Population and Nutrition sector Program (HNPSP).

‘Tropical and infectious diseases are important health conditions in Bangladesh causing significant suffering, disability and death. Examples of such health conditions are: Malaria, kalaazar, filariasis, dengue, leprosy, typhoid fever, leptospirosis, snake bite, meningitis, encephalitis, rabies, hepatitis, pesticide poisoning, emerging illness (like chikungunia). Many of them affect relatively poor sections of the population particularly in rural Bangladesh. Preventive methods, diagnostic techniques and effective treatment of many such conditions are known now a day but need to be adapted in country perspective based on evidence. The poor are unaware of the availability of different methods of interventions due to many reasons. Government of Bangladesh is committed to fulfill the goal targeted in the sustainable Development Goal where priority was set around issues related to poor man’s health conditions. In order to generate evidence we need to strengthen education, service and research area in tropical and infectious diseases by setting up a national institute. Such government initiatives for the poor man’s health conditions will give the opportunity to health professionals ‘Learning by Doing’. ‘National Institute for Tropical and Infectious Diseases’ will respond to the health needs of the poor related to tropical health conditions including poisoning due to snakebite and other chemical poisons of Bangladesh and the region by:

  1. Conducting and promoting education and training
  2. Conducting research and disseminating results of research
  3. Providing appropriate clinical service in tropical health conditions
  4. Providing and promoting health promotion and prevention of illness.

A National Institute for Tropical & Infectious Diseases will be established at Fouzdharhat, Chittagong and the budget provision for the institute has been reflected in the concerned programme’.1

After the liberation of Bangladesh the former School of Tropical Medicine was amalgamated with the former Institute of Postgraduate Medicine and Research with a declaration: ‘The country should have one centre of excellence for Postgraduate Medical training and specialized patient care’.Later on several postgraduate institutes with organ specific special type were set up but no attempt was made to revitalize the initiative to establish a very important postgraduate institute dedicated to tropical and infectious diseases most prevalent in the country and affecting poor section of the society.

An independent autonomous institute of tropical and infectious diseases for providing clinical service, conduct training and research could attract international funds for national capacity building in terms of prevention, control, service and research on tropical and infectious diseases. The public sector institutions is likely to generate local evidences for developing and implementing country-specific prevention, control, elimination and eradication of locally prevalent tropical diseases of Bangladesh.

Ref:  1.Health ,nutrition and population sector Programme (HNPSP 2005) Planning ministry of health & family welfare, Bangladesh.

2.Islam N(1978). History IPGMR 1964-1978.Institute of post graduate Medicine & Research. Dacca, Bangladesh.