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EDUCATION

Online Learning Continues: Master of Public Health (2022)

Introduction to Public Health (MPH-501)

The MPH 501 module took place from January 23-February 03, 2022. The module introduces the vision, values and community-centred ethos to 21st century Developing Country Public Health needs. Through an immersive, real-world context, students cultivate public health empathy and ethical perspectives to experientially understand the critical dimensions, functions and challenges of communities’ essential health needs. Since the classes were fully online, we had designed simulated field visits as part of this module to create a real-life fieldwork situation where students can practice experiential learning by coming up with a community-centric solution for real-life public health problems. The simulated field visit was designed around the six-step solution framework in the urban slum context. Seven themes were identified for seven groups of students: Water, Sanitation, Nutrition, Housing, Emotional Health, Livelihood, and Healthcare. Two teaching fellows were assigned to each group to mentor students throughout the process. Regular brainstorming and feedback sessions were conducted with the TFs and solution facilitators in the Zoom classroom. Students followed the six-step framework and came up with a simple pilotable solution for their specific health problems This community-centred learning will enable students’ knowledge and understanding of ethics, online tools, problem-solving, critical analysis, literature review, evidence-based argument, peer-learning and critiques, collaborative project presentations. Through intensive, continual local community interaction, students will be challenged to apply hands-on learning to a local public health problem in developing/simulating their own simple, innovative solutions.

Anthropological Approaches to Public Health (MPH 512)

The MPH 512 module was conducted from February 06-17, 2022. The module orients the students with basic anthropological approaches, explores how elementary personal, gender, cultural and socio-economic perceptions influence contemporary developing world health environments. The course further focuses on the fact that to achieve better health and wellbeing, it is imperative that Public Health Professionals practically comprehend and assess the social, political and economic determinants of disadvantaged communities’ health needs. Through this course, students critically explore how elementary personal, gender, cultural and socio-economic perceptions influence contemporary developing world health environments. In particular, how indigenous and biomedical approaches to health and well-being promote or constrain community health outcomes. The course challenges conventional biomedical notions of health with more holistic conceptions which include emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions of health. The lens they begin to develop here will serve to inform and underpin understandings that are essential to community need-based, value-added public health outcomes. The course takes on a solution centric approach whereby the sessions are designed around working with communities and the development of innovative small scale solutions, which engage students in learning by doing. The simulated field visit was designed around the six-step solution framework where the central theme was pregnancy care. Though we employed a similar framework as the introduction to the public health module, the design focused more on the anthropological understanding of public health problems and solutions. Students were divided into six groups and assigned six subthemes, each focusing on one specific aspect of pregnancy. Students also analyzed cultural context before they started working on solution framework steps. The design was such that the students got to use the anthropological theories and concepts taught in the module (emic/ etic view, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism) throughout the process, from identifying ideal-need-problem to designing the simple pilotable solution. One teaching fellow was assigned to each group to mentor students throughout the process. The solution facilitators conducted regular brainstorming and feedback sessions in the Zoom classroom

Health Economics & Health Care Financing (MPH 531)

This module took place from February 20- March 03, 2022 and it introduced core theories and concepts of economics (micro and macro-economic tools) and discussed their applications in health policy. The students were introduced to the basic concepts and methods of economic evaluation that inform decisions about alternative resource allocations and priority setting at various levels in a health care system keeping the issue of equity in mind. This enabled the students to understand the provisions and demand for health and allocation of resources. The module can be separated into four broader areas, namely ‘basic concepts of economic theory and health care market, economic evaluation of health interventions’, ‘financing healthcare’ and ‘equity’. This module further focuses on the theories behind, and the mechanisms of, government and market control in the health care system, and with the resource distributions that results in maximizing health outcomes of the population with given limited resources.

Epidemiology (MPH 522)

This module is currently being conducted since March 6 and will end on March 24, 2022. This course is designed to provide an intensive and hands-on learning experience that will foster the development of basic skills in epidemiology which is an important tool for excellence in public health research and practice, as well as in clinical practice. Through this course, the students will build and refine methodological skills through a process of scientific inquiry into public health issues to develop problem-solving skills for improving the health of the global population. Through this course students will understand epidemiological reasoning, principles of disease prevention at the population level, interpretation of basic population-based measures of health and disease occurrence, including incidence, prevalence, and survival, critically review published epidemiological studies, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss their generalizability to other populations.

Master of Public Health: Online Learning Modules

MPH 501 - Introduction to Public Health

This course introduces the vision, values, and community-centred ethos of 21st century context learning and groups of students work to find solutions to public health problems through online Cases studies and group work.

MPH 512 - Anthropological Approaches to Public Health

Through this course, students critically explore how elementary personal, gender, cultural and socio-economic perceptions influence contemporary developing world health environments. The course takes on a solution centric approach whereby the sessions are designed around working with communities and the development of innovative small scale solutions, which engage students in learning by doing. The course challenges conventional biomedical notions of health with more holistic conceptions which include emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions of health.

MPH 511 - Qualitative Research Methods

Employing a “learning by doing” approach, this course enables students to practically apply critical concepts of qualitative research and the tools in designing qualitative inquiry in public health. Students hone critical skills in: formulating research questions, identifying what kinds of methods are best suited to address these questions, and analyzing, interpreting and communicating qualitative research findings. Practical skills in planning and conducting various qualitative methods are developed through classroom instructions and hands-on exercises. Systematic approaches to writing, coding and analyzing qualitative data, and assessing the validity of qualitative findings, are also emphasized.

MPH 522 - Epidemiology

Through intensive, hands-on learning experience, students build and refine methodological skills and epidemiological reasoning through a process of scientific inquiry into public health issues with the goal of developing problem-solving skills.

MPH 521 - Biostatistics

The MPH Students took the Biostatistics course online after the successful completion of the Epidemiology course. This 4-week course equips students with basic statistical tools and its application in public health. MPH 520 - Quantitative Research Methods After successful completion of the 4 week Biostatistics course, our MPH students are not lagging behind and have moved forward to the 3rd online course during the pandemic: Quantitative Research Methods. The QRM course is designed as an intensive, hands-on learning experience that will foster the development of a basic understanding of different research designs and concrete skills in quantitative research methods, with a particular emphasis on survey development. Unlike other previous online modules, students are doing online group work to design a quantitative research query, make data collection plans in a pandemic, collect data online and present findings in group.

MPH 531 - Health Economics and Health Care Financing

This course is intensively designed with lots of hands-on learning experiences that will foster basic understanding of different approaches of health economics and health care financing and its application in the field of public health. This course is separated in two different blocks: Block-I: Basic Concepts, Market for Health Care Goods, Resource Allocation, and Economic Evaluation, and Block-II: Healthcare Financing. The course is designed to engage students in interactive and meaningful discussion on different market forces and dynamics of the healthcare industry and how it relates to designing community based health insurance projects. Students have received critical sessions by distinguished faculty members and experts and practitioners from renowned organizations and institutions.

MPH 530 - Health Systems Management

This course provides students with diverse frameworks, global and local cases to examine the complexities of pluralistic health systems. Community-centric approaches, leadership and management, programme management of facilities, policies, budgets, public health diplomacy and core management functions and health facilities operations are integrated into this module. Fieldwork is dedicated to learning from different health facilities. Students’ problem-solve and work on innovative simple solutions to improve MNCH service delivery.

MPH 691 - Monitoring and Evaluation of PH Programmes

This course provides students with the ability to understand key concepts and professional skills to monitor and evaluate a public health problem. Core components covered are monitoring and evaluation, indicators, design, data collection and analysis and how to integrate real-time information into programme implementation. Students visit and review selected programmes and visit sites run by BRAC.

Introduction to Implementation Research (Non-Credited)

Introduction to Implementation Research Module orients learners to the concept of Implementation Research (IR) and its use in understanding and addressing barriers to effective and quality delivery of health interventions, strategies and policies in health systems. In particular, this module offers an introductory understanding of the concepts, process and key practical issues and considerations related to designing and implementing an implementation research. Applied skills related to planning and implementing an implementation research are developed through case based interactive group exercise and discussion.

MPH 690 - Principles of Health Communication

Key concepts in public health and communications, marketing theories and their practical application in the health sector are taught in this course. Public health communications practitioners working in development agencies are interviewed to understand key lessons and challenges in changing digital technology and the social media world.

MPH 660 - Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Students learn global and local anthropological and epidemiological theories, concepts and evidence on how social, political and economic factors impact gender, sexual and reproductive health and sexuality and rights through solution project. They also prepared a Video Communication Campaign, which was on developing a communication and advocacy campaign on some select sexual health and rights issues from rights-based perspectives to build awareness and promote positive behavior.

MPH 620 - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Students are oriented to numerous important viral and bacterial diseases, disease, distribution, surveillance and control strategies prevalent in developing countries. MPH students conducted a multi-country study in the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease module. Students from different countries collected real-life data through observation, in-person interviews, and online interviews to assess the impact of COVID-19 from their respected countries simultaneously. .
This should also include Public Health Nutrition & NCD, Ageing and Health modules if we count till the end of September.

MPH 670 - Public Health Nutrition

BRAC JPGSPH arranged a tour of the Dhaka hospital and ICDDRB through video shoot, in order to see the rehabilitation wards and interviews of patients. The video shoot was done only for this module, so that students get to understand the causes of malnutrition learning from a hospital setting, know about assessment of nutritional status of children and women, and management of stunting, underweight, wasting, severe acute malnutrition, and Nutritional rehabilitation of severely malnourished children.
Also, different methods of improving intake of nutrients. Thus, students were able to conceptualize the management of child malnutrition in a practical setting.

MPH 681 - Ageing, Non-Communicable Diseases and Health

The current batch of MPH students of BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University is undertaking a 2-week long course on Aging, NCD and Health (MPH 681). This module introduced the students to population ageing, its underlying factors as well as regional and gender dimensions of ageing. Implications of rapid population ageing in low-income countries in the context of public health and care for older persons will be discussed. Students explored the preventable conditions which are causing mortality among the older population and the association with Non-communicable Diseases. Such as intestinal infections and nutrition related problems are still common in low-income regions of the world. The overall objective of the module is to provide an understanding of ageing taking a life-course approach and the necessity to view ageing from a multi-disciplinary perspective and the association with Non-communicable Diseases.
Students analysed public health implications of population growth and burden of NCDs globally and at a national level in terms of the magnitude of the problem (economic burden, social burden and future impact). Identified the multiple facets of ageing including functional ability, social support, role of the older persons, formal and informal care for older persons. Also, assessed the social, political, environmental, cultural and economic factors contributing to the burden of NCDs and illustrating health promotion aspects for preparation for healthy ageing from young adulthood through Mini Seminars were arranged and conducted by the students in pairs or small groups every day.

MPH 541: Environment, Health and Climate Change

This course familiarises the students to the nexus between environment and health, and emerging challenges of climate change and disaster management for vulnerable populations. Case studies and field exposure directly relevant to developing country contexts are covered. Field visits are made to urban industrial catchment and riverbank areas to understand community needs and the interventions required.

MPH 660: Respectful Maternity Care (Solution Project under 'Gender Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights' Module)

Through attending this course, students will acquire a broad perspective on Antenatal Care (ANC) and Postnatal Care (PNC) services in MNCH Hospital setting, gain a layered understanding of the broader factors that shape the health-seeking behaviour and health services delivery in respect of Respectful Maternity Care (RMC). Students will also understand how structural, socio-cultural, religious, and legal factors etc, impact on RMC.

MPH 700: Summative Learning Project

As the culminating learning project, groups of students work on a public health area, undertaking primary research on or evaluation of a programme, to understand key public health problems and find solutions

Podcast

Our MPH Students explore their experience when going back to their home country during COVID-19

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Commencement Address: James P. Grant School of Public Health of BRAC University

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BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University remains committed to continuous learning and is continuing its Master of Public Health program online with 38 number of students from 14 number of countries.

Online resource tools such as Moodle and Zoom allow students and faculty members from Bangladesh and Australia to do online discussion sessions and coaching (i.e. live and recorded) so students can continue to learn. Presently, the Epidemiology course is being taught online, and is coordinated by Dr. Shams El Arifeen, Senior Director, icddrb & Professor, BRAC JPG School of Public Health, with support from Dr. Nusrat Homaira, Senior Lecturer at UNSW School of Women’s and Children’s Health, Australia, SK Masum Billah, PhD Researcher at University of Sydney School of Public Health & Adjunct Lecturer at BRAC JPG School of Public Health and other faculty members- and Teaching Fellows- and MPH team from BRAC JPG School of Public Health.

More updates available on this website as the courses continue online.

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Midwifery Updates

Due to the sudden outbreak of Covid-19, the Developing Midwifery Project (DMP) was postponed starting March 19 th , 2020 as per directives of GoB. All upcoming modules of April to June semester were distributed to the students before they left the dormitory. DMP took measures to continue academic activities from April through June. 20-25 Students were grouped under one faculty and began taking online classes through zoom and facebook. All classes are recorded and those who cannot attend classes can watch the uploaded video later. Weekly exams are conducted and results and feedback are shared with the students. Interaction between the students and teachers are satisfactory. The students who do not have access to online classes can go through the modules and ask questions over phone to the teachers in their weekly calls. The Midwifery Education Team is continuing to adjust lessons and revising academic calendar based on class performance and is also arranging extra help, if required.

DMP Online Activities 2021

Due to the sudden outbreak of Covid-19, the Developing Midwifery Project (DMP) was postponed starting March 19 th , 2020 as per directives of GoB. All upcoming modules of April to June semester were distributed to the students before they left the dormitory. DMP took measures to continue academic activities from April through June. 20-25 Students were grouped under one faculty and began taking online classes through zoom and facebook. All classes are recorded and those who cannot attend classes can watch the uploaded video later. Weekly exams are conducted and results and feedback are shared with the students. Interaction between the students and teachers are satisfactory. The students who do not have access to online classes can go through the modules and ask questions over phone to the teachers in their weekly calls. The Midwifery Education Team is continuing to adjust lessons and revising academic calendar based on class performance and is also arranging extra help, if required.

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Training ON COVID-19

New Updates - BRACJPGSPH webinar (New webinars are being hosted every week)

  • Dissemination Event: COVID-19 Awareness, Preparedness and Impact on the Most Vulnerable Groups among Rohingya and Host Communities in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

  • DATE: 30 November 2021

    10:00 AM-11:30 AM (Bangladesh Standard Time)

    Description:

    On the 30th of November 2021, BRAC JPGSPH and CPJ hosted an online dissemination event titled "COVID-19 Awareness, Preparedness, and Impact on the Most Vulnerable Groups among Rohingya and Host Communities in Cox's Bazar," funded by IDRC_CRDI. The goal of this event was to disseminate the research findings to government officials, humanitarian stakeholders, and other interested parties to advocate and assist them in responding to community planning initiatives. Mr. Mohammad Shamsu Douza, Additional Refugee, Relief, and Reparation Commissioner, was present as the chief guest of this event. Also, Dr. Joe Landry, Senior Officer, International Assistance, High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh, Dr. Anindya Chatterjee, Regional Director, Asia, International Development Research Centre, and Edgard Rodriguez, Sr. Program Specialist, International Development Research Centre, Canada, were present as special guests. The event was attended by Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) Sector Coordinators, national and international humanitarian stakeholders, and community representatives from the FDMN and host community.

    Welcome Speech:

    ● Sabina Faiz Rashid
    Dean and Professor BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
    ● Manzoor Hasan OBE
    Executive Director Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University.

    Chief Guest:

    ● Mr. Mohammad Shamsu Douza
    Additional Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, People's Republic of Bangladesh.

    Special Guests:

    ● Edgard Rodriguez
    Sr. Program Specialist International Development Research Centre, Canada.
    ● Dr Anindya Chatterjee
    Regional Director, Asia International Development Research Centre.
    ● Joe Landry
    Senior Officer, International Assistance, High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh

    Project overview by:

    ● Bachera Aktar
    Assistant Director BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
    ● Shahariar Sadat
    Director Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University.

    Presenters:

    ● Shafiqur Rahman
    Technical Advisor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
    ● Rafia Sultana
    Senior Research Associate BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
    ● Rashadul Hasan
    Project Manager Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University.
    ● Sameen Nasar
    Senior Research Associate BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
    ● Shakawat Hossain
    Field Coordinator Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University.

    Host Community Representatives:

    ● Mohammad Abdullah
    Community Volunteer, Rajapalong.
    ● Shamcha
    Camp-1E.

    Moderator:

    ● Ateeb Ahmad Parray
    Assistant Research Coordinator BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health BRAC University.

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    Full Dissemination Video: https://youtu.be/bcEtOC8Yi94

  • The pandemic is gendered: Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on women in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Nigeria

  • DATE: 29 June 2021

    9:00-10:30am (EST) 14:00-15:30 (BST; West Africa Standard Time) 16:00-17:30 (East Africa Time) 19:00-20:30 (Bangladesh Standard Time)

    To Register:

    https://jh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ot3E9HG_Qt-GAEeCI0UmMQ

    There is mounting evidence that COVID-19 has gendered impacts. Women are bearing the brunt of the secondary effects of the pandemic, changes that are wrought by societal or political responses to the disease. It has impacted on a constellation of human rights – security and bodily integrity, freedom of movement, labour and education, and health and wellbeing.

    This webinar is an opportunity to hear emerging evidence from the work of the Gender and COVID-19 project in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Nigeria. Researchers will speak alongside policy makers from their respective countries and provide both qualitative and quantitative evidence on the economic, social and health impacts of COVID-19 to support real-time decision-making. The panelists will make links to existing policy and programming and suggest ways that the pandemic response and recovery can become more gender-responsive.

    The event will be useful to policy, funder, civil society and academic audiences. We’d love to connect with you and find out how our research can best meet your needs.

    Speakers

    ● Dr Atonu Rabbani:
    Associate Scientist, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Dhaka University.
    ● Anne Ngunjiri:
    Senior Technical Advisor, LVCT Health, Kenya.
    ● Selima Kabir:
    Assistant Research Coordinator, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
    ● Amy Oyekunle:
    Gender consultant, Nigeria

    Full Webinar Video: https://www.genderandcovid-19.org/resources/covid-19-and-women-in-bangladesh-kenya-and-nigeria/

  • IS BANGLADESH ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE THE SDG TARGETS FOR HEALTH? A HEALTH SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE

  • Bangladesh Miracle: Series 1, Episode 2:

    DATE: 30 June 2021

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Full Webinar Video: https://www.facebook.com/InnovisionpresentsBangladeshMiracle/videos/812449482790327

  • Covid-19 Pandemic: Mental Health and Well-being of Workforces

  • DATE: 24 June 2021

    3:30 PM- 5:00 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)

    MODERATOR:

    Kaosar Afsana, Professor, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University

    PRESENTERS:

    Dr Judith Johnson, Lecturer, University of Leeds

    Dr M Tasdik Hasan, Research Associate, Department of Primary Care & Mental Health University of Liverpool, UK

    Nazrana Khaled, Deputy Coordinator, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University

    Atiya Rahman , Senior Research Fellow, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University

    Full Webinar Video: https://www.facebook.com/158725600910117/videos/1493846394341559

  • “Challenges We Face Everyday: Consent, and Discrimination based on Skin Color”

  • DATE: 7 June 2021

    7:00 PM- 8:30 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)

    OPENING REMARKS:

    Sabina Faiz Rashid
    Dean and Professor
    BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University

    MODERATOR:

    Farhana Alam, Assistant Director
    Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,
    BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University

    SPECIAL GUESTS

    Geoffrey Macdonald, PhD Programme Director for Bangladesh,
    International Republican Institute

    Nobonita Chowdhury Director, Gender Justice and Diversity;
    Preventing Violence Against Women
    Initiative, BRAC

    PANELLISTS

    Sobia Ameen Content Creator, Model, and Social Activist

    Taqbir Huda Research Specialist at BLAST; Coordinator, JANO, Bangladesh

    Full Webinar Video: https://www.facebook.com/158725600910117/videos/987289292099192

  • “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives”

  • DATE: 18 May 2021

    7:00 PM- 8:30 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)

    Moderator:

    Selina Amin,Head, Midwifery Education Programme &
    Project Director, Developing Midwives ProjectBangladesh

    PANEL SPEAKERS:

    Nathalie Leister, Research Fellow Centre for Maternal & Child Health Research
    School of Health Sciences, City, University of London

    Laxmi Tamang, Freelance President, Midwifery Society of Nepal
    Lead co-founder, APS birth and RH Centre, and Midwifery Society of Nepal

    Lesley Kay, Associate Professor in Midwifery and the Divisional Lead
    Midwifery and Radiography Division in the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London

    Sharmina Rahman, Strategy Advisor, Developing Midwives Project BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health,
    BRAC University Bangladesh

    Full Webinar Video: https://www.facebook.com/158725600910117/videos/968023410625643

  • Adolescent Experiences in Chittagong and Sylhet: The Adolescent Support Programme and COVID-19 Impact

  • DATE: 24 May 2021

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm GMT+6 (Bangladesh Standard Time)

    Presenters:

    ● Farhana Alam, Assistant Director, Center of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR), BRAC JPGSPH;

    ● Dr Nicola Jones, GAGE Director, Principal Research Fellow, Gender, Equality and Social Inclusion, Overseas Development Institute

    ● Maheen Sultan, Senior Fellow of Practice, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)

    ● Dr Jennifer Seager, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Economics, George Washington University.

    Honourable Chief Guest:

    ● Md. Sayedul Islam, Honourable Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Government of Bangladesh

    DISCUSSANTS:

    ● T. M. Asaduzzaman, Education Specialist & Team Leader of South Asia Education Global Practice of the World Bank Group

    ● Md. Sayedul Islam, Dean and Professor, BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health

    Full Webinar Video: https://www.facebook.com/158725600910117/videos/1442139272801510

The training component is led by Professor Kaosar Afsana, who is a member of the BRAC Global COVID-19 Taskforce and BRAC Emergency DMSC and COVID-19 Taskforce. The training materials were aggregated locally and from the World Health Organization (WHO), Bangladesh Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and BRAC
Training Activities 2021
Training Activities 2020
Developing Midwifery Training 2021

ARISE : lead partner LSTM had organized webinars and shared many resource materials with us on COVID-19

Research

48 New and upcoming rapid research surveys and qualitative assessments are being under taken (April- present) and 16 completed:

COVID-19 is expected to disproportionately affect Bangladesh’s poor and most vulnerable, including informal slum settlement residents, the rural poor and extreme poor, sexual minorities, ethnic minorities, refugees, persons living with disabilities, sex workers, domestic workers, factory workers, daily-wage earners, and front line workers and so forth. Without comprehensive mitigating measures, these groups will be among the worst affected from a personal, social, health and economic perspective.

COVID 19 Research 2020
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Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Rapid research briefs

Covid-19 research is part of the 5 centres at the school and some focus on humanitarian research in the Rohingya camps and host communities

Centres of research excellence

Current Ongoing Research (April 2020 - Present)

Centres of Excellence

Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)

Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (CoE-SISU)

Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage (CoE-HS&UHC)

Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

Centre of Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)

Innovative digital research on gendered experience on COVID-19

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Completed Research

ADVOCACY: New Materials Are Continually Being Updated


BRAC JPGSPH actively initiated events to acknowledge the public health emergency, COVID-19. The public health emergency related to the virus has led active aggregating and sharing of useful resource materials locally and globally to a wider audience, including BRAC University, health organizations, key stakeholders, partners, and networks

Important message about staying safe featuring Dr Kaosar Afsana

Sharing about where to get COVID-19 official information and important message about staying safe featuring Professor Afsana. An initiative by HealthServe, Singapore General Hospital and Ministry of Communications and Information. Dr Kaosar Afsana teaches at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC university in Bangladesh.

Sabina Faiz Rashid: Research on Community Resilience

Sabina Faiz Rashid talks to Andréia Azevedo Soares about anthropology, poverty, inequality and sex education in Bangladesh.

Sabina Faiz Rashid is a researcher and advocate, specializing in gender, sexual and reproductive health, sexuality, poverty and the rights of marginalised populations in Bangladesh. She started her career as a researcher with the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and in 2004 joined the James P Grant School of Public Health, at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she has been dean since 2013.

WHO Bulletin

BRAC JPGSPH joins a global team in a groundbreaking project

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health joins a global team in a groundbreaking project conducting real time gender analysis to identify and document the gendered dynamics of COVID-19 and gaps in preparedness and response. This was made possible through a $1.6 million USD grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The global team includes researchers from the US, Bangladesh, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, UK, Hong Kong and Australia who help widen their analysis of gendered risks and impacts of the pandemic on health, social and economic welfare.

Check out their new website: https://www.genderandcovid-19.org/

COVID-19 Seminar at BRAC University on February 19, 2020

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BRAC JPGSPH actively initiated events to acknowledge the public health emergency, COVID-19. The public health emergency related to the virus has led active aggregating and sharing of useful resource materials locally and globally to a wider audience, including BRAC University, health organizations, key stakeholders, partners, and networks

Social Media Campaign to spread awareness on COVID-19

From early March 2020, the BRAC JPG School has been conducting social media campaigns via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Medium for disseminating awareness on COVID-19. The campaigns are being carried out in Bengali and English and cover a range of topics including Common Symptoms, Modes of Transmission, Prevention, Protection, and Preparedness, Quarantine Protocols, and Hotline numbers.

Circulating daily updates on COVID-19

Brac University JPG School of Public health shares situation updates with BRAC University faculty members, students and staff on COVID-19. The sources are WHO, BRAC, Daily national and International news.

Global COVID-19 Clinical Data Platform for clinical characterization and management of hospitalized patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

WHO invites Member States, health facilities and other entities to participate in the global effort to collect anonymized clinical data relating to hospitalized suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and contribute data to the Global COVID-19 Clinical Data Platform.

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ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS FOR EQUITY (ARISE)

GIS maps of ARISE study sites (Kallyanpur, Dholpur and Shyampur):

IPC materials developed under ARISE Responsive Fund:

Joint Policy Brief and Infographic Booklet published by NWO-WOTRO: 3 Projects conducted by BRAC JPGSPH featured

Three JPGSPH projects, funded by WOTRO, have been featured in the Joint Policy Brief and Infographic Booklet published by the SRHR research programme by the Dutch Research Council (NWO)- WOTRO Science for Global Development.

Voices from the Frontline is a joint initiative by ICCCAD and CDKN to support communities across the globe in sharing their stories on the challenges of and the responses to the pandemic and the consequent lockdown. By accumulating and disseminating stories from different communities we hope to build resilience for the vulnerable in future emergencies.

The projects are:

Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH was the PI of the ‘Digital Sister’ and ‘Breaking the Shame’ projects, and Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean and Director, CoE-SISU, BRAC JPGSPH was the PI of the ‘Psychodrama’ project. Farhana Alam, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH coordinated the ‘Breaking the Shame’ project and Bachera Akhter, Assistant Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH coordinated the Digital Sister project.

Voices from the Frontline – International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world with unfolding health, economic and social impacts, grassroots communities are developing their own coping mechanisms in the face of the crisis. It is important to capture and document these stories in real time as the world faces up to an even longer term challenge of climate change.

Voices from the Frontline is a joint initiative by ICCCAD and CDKN to support communities across the globe in sharing their stories on the challenges of and the responses to the pandemic and the consequent lockdown. By accumulating and disseminating stories from different communities we hope to build resilience for the vulnerable in future emergencies.

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Memberships (2020)

Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid

Membership of Boards, Secretariat, Organizations in 2020

September 1, 2020:Invited to be member of the COVID-19 Research Roadmap social science working group, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

July 1, 2020: Co-Chair the World Congress on Public Health (October 12-16, 2020), Congress Management Committee, World Federation of Public Health Associations, Headquarters, University of Geneva

June 2020: Member, of the MRC Wellcome Trust Joint Health Systems Research Committee (three years’ appointment), UK

May 2020: Member of the Global Network for Academic Public Health, the focus of the network is to engage in conversations to enhance academic public health worldwide through mutual learning and collaborations between academic public health institutions globally.

April 2020: Lead Focal, (Bangladesh), Regional Platform on Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, with Partner platforms in India and Nepal. Overall coordinator, SRHM, Geneva, (funded by Gates, India)

March 2020 – Present: Member, Rockefeller-BU 3-D Commission, led by Professor Sandro Galeo, Dean, Robert A Knox Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University (global group of members as part of the Commission), funded by Rockefeller Foundation.

Board Member of International Journals in 2020

2020 - Editorial Advisory Board, Sexual Reproductive Health Matters SRHM (Peer reviewed Journal) (Member of the advisory board of additional 5 peer-reviewed journals since 2012)

Professor Malabika Sarker

2020: Panel member, Applied Global Health Research Board, MRC, UKRI, UK

Professor Kaosar Afsana

- Vice-Chair, Scientific Committee, UN Summit for Food Security 2021, United Nations, New York, USA

- Member, Strategic Committee, Ahimsa Renaissance ThinkTank, Ahimsha Fund, Lyon, France

Professor Malay Kanti Mridha

External Editor of the Borneo Journal of Medical Sciences. The journal is published by the Department of Medicine and Health Sciences of Univirsiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

Midwifery

Three batches comprising of 631 students 7 academic sites under the Developing Midwives Project of the BRAC JPG School received training on COVID-19. They were also provided with posters and leaflets for distributing in their communities.

380 students from the Midwives Project organized community meetings on the pandemic (uthan boithok) in their respective localities.

Fifteen awareness programs were undertaken at two Midwives-led Centers (MLCs) at Jaintapur (UH&FWC), Sylhet and at Brac Maternity Centre, Dhaka between March 22 April 06, 2020.

Dr. Selina Amin, Head of the Developing Midwives Project has been actively advocating with WHO for supplying necessary personal protective equipment for midwives.

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Midwifery Led Centre (MLC): - Advocacy

Both MLCs in Dhaka and Sylhet are providing midwifery service during the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19. While the UH&FWCs in general struggle to attract maternity cases, the Midwife-led UH&FWC at Charikata, Sylhet is working very well. Similarly, our BRAC MLC at Mirpur is continuing their services to the mothers of the neighbouring areas. In April 2020, 58 normal vaginal deliveries took place, in comparison to 68 in March and 63 in February. The Covid19 crisis did not alter the functioning or reputation of the Charikata Midwife led UH&FWC. Despite discouragement in view of the Covid19 situation, 170 antenatal visits took place in April alone. These show how the midwives have earned the trust of the local people. In addition, they also continued their family planning work. Similarly, in Mirpur BRAC Maternity MLC 30 normal deliveries took place in April in comparison to 43 in March and 29 in February and 95 antenatal visits also took place in April.