Autumn, April 2014

C'mon Aussie

Visiting hours took on an entirely different feel last week at the Bangladesh-based health research institution, icddr,b, when the Australian T20 Cricket Team paid a visit.

The sub-continent is renowned for being cricket mad and Bangladesh is no exception, hosting the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup this month. 

Acting on an invitation arranged by The Faculty who are currently working with icddr,b’s Procurement & Materials Team, six of Australia’s Twenty20 stars took time out from training in Dhaka to visit the institution’s hospital as part of Cricket Cares, Cricket Australia’s community action program.

Joining with the 200-strong crowd of icddb,r staff, Faculty consultants, Manu Khurana and Matthew Bonwick, currently based in Dhaka on the transformation project, were thrilled to welcome the T20 team, Manu commenting: “Cricket is nothing short of a religion in Bangladesh.  This visit bought so much joy to staff and patients alike and hopefully, much needed, media attention to the cause”.  

For 20-year-old leg-spinner Muirhead it was “a real eye-opener” as they moved through the 300-bed hospital. Icddr,b have been credited with saving at least 50 million lives worldwide in its 50 year existence, and Australian funding has played a significant role in supporting their activities.

As a not for profit, icddr,b relies heavily on the funding of donors including the Australian Government, the Gates Foundation and individual contributor interested in making a difference.  The T20 team’s visit received wide spread coverage on Channel 9 and through Twitter.

If you, or your organisation would be interested in supporting icddr,b’s humanitarian services, contributions can be made through their website: