Joint Principal Investigators
Cambridge Program to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE)
Bangladesh, a country of ~165M people, is facing a major and rapidly growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, and neoplastic diseases. A key contribution is Bangladesh’s distinctive environmental and lifestyle risk profile.
“Western” lifestyles may act synergistically with traditional behaviors to amplify disease risk. The CAPABLE programme aims to address this challenge by focusing on intertwined risk factors for NCDs related to social, environmental, and behavioral factors not previously considered in an integrated framework. The programme will create new research platforms and use a multidisciplinary approach in Bangladesh to address two key Sustainable Development Goals (“Clean air, water and sanitation” and “Sustainable health and wellbeing”).
The CAPABLE initiative is supported by an £8M grant from the Research Councils-UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund programme.