Research & Fundraising
The Foundation believes that more research needs to be done both in the UK and overseas within the themes of neurology, brain and spinal injury, living with long term neurological conditions and progressive illness and health and educational needs in vulnerable communities. To advance these goals, Dr Mohamed Sakel, is leading multiple research programs in the key areas of Dementia, Neuro-rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain injury, stroke, and long term neurological conditions, within his role as Global Ambassador for the SWBF and his work at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust in Canterbury.
Thus, the Foundation is heavily engaged with and committed to ongoing in-depth research in a wide range of fields relating to health, social care and educational issues, which are globally relevant.
A key research objective is to be able to more effectively identify and treat disease and illness that is impacting significantly on all societies, and by advancing our understanding, then to use this new knowledge to both develop better care and services for individuals and to ideally raise awareness of how we might be able to reduce the risk of developing these diseases through educational programs.
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A Research in Dhamrai
On 12 August 2015, a seminar was organised jointly by Sir William Beveridge Foundation and Ageing Support Forum of Bangladesh to discuss the findings of the research on the subject of “Socio-economic Empowerment of Rural Elders and Dementia” at the main seminar hall of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS). The research was conducted with the participation of over 1000 elders in the area of Kulla Union of Dhamrai sub-district of Dhaka division. It was discovered that the number of elderly dementia sufferers was lower in the villages in comparison to city areas. Elders living in village areas are generally found to be more physically active. It was also found that the daughters-in-law of the families act as the main caregivers. If economic security could be sustained for these groups of elders, they could remain in better condition physically compared to urban elders. Mr Kazi Rezaul Haque – Full-time member of the Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, acted as the Chief Guest at the seminar. It was attended by Rahman Jilani Ph.D, Founder and Executive Director of Sir William Beveridge Foundation, Frank J Schaper – a fellow of the Queensland University of Australia, Professor Dr A S M Atiqur Rahman of the University of Dhaka, Francis Wong- Regional Director of World Alzheimer’s International, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka. The delegates also included over 100 individuals from various backgrounds in Gerontology, Health Professionals, Journalists and other News media professionals and representatives from various NGOs of the country. The occasion was conducted by Major General (retd) Jiban Kanai Das – Country Director of Sir William Beveridge Foundation. The entire findings of the research have been presented by Dr Masud Ibn Rahman- Secretary of the Ageing Support Forum.
A research springboard for homecare
The Sir William Beveridge Foundation and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing are collaborating on a research project to assess the impact of the Foundation’s homecare service that it has been operating for over five years in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
This research project will utilise mixed methodology for the collection and statistical analysis of empirical data and the collection and non-statistical analysis of observation and interviews. In this way, it will be possible to assess the impact of the homecare service in Dhaka and its adaptability and capacity for mainstreaming among other measures.
This research will provide a springboard for potential further research in the future as well as extremely useful evidence-based information for the Foundation that can be utilised at local and national levels to help improve and expand the care being provided. Also at international level it can be utilised in papers submitted to international bodies as part of their consultation processes. The final research report is due in early 2014.
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