A project titled “Fighting Covid-19 in Bangladeshi and Rohingya populations with endemic bacterial diarrhoea and antimicrobial resistance” is being conducted in parallel by ideSHi, IEDCR, icddr,b and University of Nottingham. The aim is to gather data from Bangladeshi and Rohingya COVID-19 patients on the severity of viral infection, pre-existing enteric bacterial infections, treatment, course of illness (including evolution of gut microbiome) and final outcome. Clinical data, whole-metagenome sequencing, treatment and course will be collected and aggregated into a data vault for this and future studies. Machine learning will be used to identify correlations between COVID-19, enteric bacterial infections, treatment and evolution of gut microbiome and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Alongside, Project FDP-19 is being carried out. The objective of the study entitled “SARS-CoV-2 detection and serological response in the ‘Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals’ in Cox’s Bazar” is to conduct investigations to understand transmission and epidemiological patterns of SARS-CoV-2 circulation in the selected FDMNs, evaluate the serological response to SARS-CoV-2 from identified COVID-19 cases and their households. ideSHi is collaborating with Fondation Mérieux for this project.