This summer has been very important for the Village Zero Project (V0P). We started off with a one-month trip to Bangladesh to collect data and lay a solid foundation for future implementation of our project. We spent the majority of our time in Dhaka, where we met with potential partners and colleagues at the International Center of Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B); however, we also had the opportunity to spend three days in the rural province Matlab, where the ICDDR,B has another campus.
The meetings that were held and the data that was collected taught us a great deal about the current state of the spread of cholera in Bangladesh. We were able to hear first-hand accounts of people’s struggles with cholera and their hopes of a cholera-free future. These experiences also brought to light the types of challenges that we can expect to face as our project progresses. Together these experiences have helped us shape our approach towards the next steps of our project.
Now that we are back in the United States, we have started to process the data that was collected during our trip. We hope that the data will show whether there is a geographic progression of cholera in the Matlab region in order to give us an early indication of what we might find when we launch a larger-scale tracking schematic.
Our trip to Bangladesh would not have been possible without the support of the friends and family of the V0P team and we would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who supported us.