The story of Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF) started in the 1980s, with one microbiologist in the corridor of Dhaka Shishu Hospital (now renamed to Bangladesh Shishu Hospital & Institute, BSHI) noticing the unacceptably high number of deaths in children under the age of 5 years (<5) in Bangladesh.
Despite pediatric infections being one of the main causes of death and disability in the country, there was a vicious cycle at play - of limited resources resulting in little- to-no data on disease burden. The determined microbiologist, Professor Samir K Saha, aimed to change this by bringing together a multidisciplinary team with the expertise to create a virtuous cycle; by ensuring the most optimal and rational use of available resources leading to the generation of evidence. Thus, CHRF was formally established in 2007, with the motto, ‘prevent infections, save lives.’
Today, CHRF has a multidisciplinary team of next-generation scientists that includes clinicians, microbiologists, community health workers, technologists, and data scientists. With a network of five laboratories around Bangladesh in both urban and rural hospitals, CHRF provides low-cost diagnostic services for patients and shares the clinical data with the hospital physicians in real time to improve patient care. Our network of four hospitals, and five laboratories in both rural and urban areas of Bangladesh is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Invasive Bacterial Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Network.