APUA-Bangladesh was established in 1985 by a group of doctors, microbiologists, pharmacologists, and university professors based at the Institute of Post Graduate Medicine and Research (IPGMR), with representation from the International Chapter of Diarrheal D and R and the Public Health Institute. APUA Bangladesh aims to act as a catalyst for scientific data collection and technical assistance; to translate and disseminate findings to health agencies and the public; and to engage in innovative scientific research, conducting studies and projects of particular relevance to in-country problems.
Chapter activities have included appearances by chapter leaders on television and radio, discussing the appropriate use of antibiotics. APUA has provided technical assistance by arranging visits from APUA medical consultants and assistance in developing a proposal for submission to the Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID) at the National Academy of Sciences. The president of APUA Bangladesh established an in-country library using the newsletter for medical students to teach the prudent use of antibiotics.