M Mujibur Rahaman

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 27 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h455
  1. William B Greenough III,
  2. Jean Sack

Transformed health in rural Bangladesh by developing an oral rehydration solution and introducing hygiene measures

Bangladesh was recently recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having exceeded the Millennial Development Goals set for resource limited countries. Mujibur Rahaman pioneered the development of both the intravenous and, more importantly, the oral rehydration therapy approaches to cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases. He joined the country’s Cholera Research Laboratory (CRL) in 1966 and was critical in securing continuing support for it through the Bangladesh liberation war, and its transition into the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases, Bangladesh (icddr,b). It was at icddr,b that many of the innovative practical health interventions were developed, and then deployed nationally by government programmes as well as non-governmental initiatives.

After graduating, Rahaman studied nutrition in the USA and then completed a PhD in Glasgow. He was one of two authors of a study showing that skinfold thickness could be used to measure body fat content. The paper is considered a “citation classic,” and by the end of 2014 it had been cited 1618 times. …

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