June 2021 | Issue 2

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) NEWSLETTER

BRAC JPGSPH was founded in 2004 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to address the unmet public health challenges particular to Asia, Africa and South America. The School ensures premier higher education with unparalleled real-life teaching and learning focuses on pressing and emerging national and global public health challenges.

The School envisions being the leading global public health institute for the world's pressing health challenges affecting disadvantaged communities. The School builds capacity and contributes to Public Health by creating innovative public health leaders and solutions through cutting-edge, experiential Education, Training, Research and Advocacy. The aim is to enable public health leaders, practitioners, critical thinkers, researchers, advocates, and stewards in order to enable concrete changes to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations locally, regionally and internationally.

This newsletter covers activities from April - June, 2021

We are pleased to inform you that BRAC JPGSPH has relocated. Our new address is:
6th Floor, Medona Tower, 28 Mohakhali Commercial Area, Bir Uttom A K Khandakar Road, Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh.
T: +880-2-48812213-18


Urban Health Innovation Challenge 2021: Promoting youth-led, community-centric solutions for building resilient and inclusive cities

Promoting healthy and safer cities, the Urban Programmes of World Vision Bangladesh (WVB) and BRAC JPGSPH, jointly organised "Urban Health Innovation Challenge 2021: Healthy, Safe and Inclusive Cities" from February to March 2021, where youths from universities, urban slums and gender-diverse communities competed side by side

Published: 18 June 2021 in The Daily Star

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Celebrating Bangladesh at 50: A positive deviance

“Life expectancy is a robust measure of the wellbeing of a population. In 1971, the life expectancy of an average Bangladeshi was less than 45 years. Since then, it has increased by 70% to 72 years”, Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury, Advisor, BRAC JPGSPH, writes in his new BLOG

Published: 14 May 2021 by the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).

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A case for integrated nutrition messaging for school children

'20 to 40 percent of children aged 5-16 years suffer from Vitamin A, Vitamin D, calcium and iodine deficiencies,' writes Saira Parveen Jolly, Senior Research Fellow, BRAC JPGSPH in her opinion piece.

Published: 6 May 2021 in Daily Star.

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Global Health Voices Podcast: Talk by Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid and Professor Malabika Sarker

Listen to leading global public health experts from the School, Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean, and Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean, in this podcast where they discussed how they lead BRAC JPGSPH in Bangladesh to carve out new paths and a new vision for public health practitioners

Published: 29 April 2021

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"Crisis within a Crisis": Situation Analysis and Post-Fire Incident Rapid Assessment of Affected Rohingya Camps

Read the BRAC JPGSPH’s report, based on studies conducted by our researchers, which projects a scenario of the impact, current threats, challenges and needs of communities and service providers affected by the massive fire that broke out in the camps of Ukhiya on 22 March 2021, which caused more than 48,300 people to lose their shelters, belongings and food.

Published: 19 April 2021 by BRAC JPGSPH

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Invited Member: Scientific Advisory Group for the WHO World Report on Social Determinants of Health Equity

Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean, BRAC JPGSPH is invited to be a part of the Scientific Advisory Group to prepare this report which aims to revitalise global and national commitment to action on the social determinants of health, and increase knowledge on how to undertake implementation, in the context of the glaring inequities revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: 23 June 2021

JPGSPH invited to be a part of Asian Global Health Alliance

Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean, BRAC JPGSPH and Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean, BRAC JPGSPH attended the convening of Asian Global Health Alliance led by SingHealth DukeNUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI), Singapore.

Date: 7 June 2021


The Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme at BRAC JPGSPH is a one-year full-time programme that offers transformative public health learning to develop next-generation public health leaders for 21st century public health challenges. The locus of the MPH programme is its experiential community immersive teaching through rigorous urban and rural fieldwork. Since its inception in 2005, there have been over 562 MPH graduates from 34 countries.

17th MPH Cohort Online Class of 2021

13 Different countries around the world

19 International and 24 National Students

Master of Public Health (MPH) Admission is now Open

International Application Deadline: 15 September, 2021.

National Application Deadline: 30 September, 2021.


Scholarship Opportunities for 2022

WHO Special Programme for Research And Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) Scholarships

For applicants based on academic merit and public health experience in neglected tropical disease from low-and-middle income countries in WHO Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Regions.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Scholarships

For nationals only.

Amena Azfar & Hurmatunnessa Rob Scholarship

For meritorious and socio-economically disadvantaged national female applicants only.


Registration is now open for the TDR Postgraduate (MPH) Scholarship in Implementation Research


Online Class of 2021: 17th MPH Cohort

8 modules completed online from January to June.

  • MPH 501 - Introduction to Public Health
  • MPH 512 - Anthropological Approaches to Public Health
  • MPH 511 - Qualitative Research Methods
  • MPH 522 - Epidemiology
  • MPH 521 - Biostatistics
  • MPH 520 - Quantitative Research Methods
  • MPH 531 - Health Economics and Health Care Financing
  • MPH 530 - Health System Management


Our Global Faculty

‘’BRAC JPGSPH provides real world experiences such as field work related to malaria, HIV, and other diseases. I learned how to respond to people suffering from health issues through field work and community-based programmes. These are the things that make my experience at JPGSPH valuable to me.’’

Miatta Zenabu Gbanya

Immunization Specialist, UNICEF, Afghanistan;
Adjunct Faculty and BRAC JPGSPH Alumni from 7th MPH Cohort;
Faculty, Health Systems Management Module.

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“BRAC JPGSPH's MPH programme has no equal globally in terms of opportunities for experiential learning. Its educational experience puts students close to the ground realities that shape the health and wellbeing of people and populations, to the challenges of implementing health-related programmes, and to the complex policy and systems issues that shape health investments and outcomes.”

Dr Alayne Adams

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University;
Population Health Director and Professor, Course Coordinator: Qualitative Research Methods, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University.

Date: 7 June 2021

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BRAC JPGSPH featured as One of the Top Six Public Health Schools in the region by World Health Organization in 2007

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In 2020 the School was featured by Johns Hopkins University's newsletter as one of the Top Schools in the Region

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Transformative Competency-based Public Health Education for Professional Employability in Bangladesh’s Health Sector


Graduates from 34 Countries Since 2005


Experiential Urban and Rural Field Sites in 13 Districts in 2019


National Faculty and Practitioners;

13 International Visiting Faculty


Academic Partners

Diploma in Midwifery Programme (DMP): Online 2021

The sixth and seventh batches of DMP have continued studying from their residence, through Zoom, Google class room and Facebook live platforms. On an average, 79% and 99% students attended live and recorded classes respectively. Regular theory classes, reviews, and model tests are ongoing. The education team has also continued preparatory studies for both internal and first year final public examination on 13 modules for seventh batch students. In March 2021, students of the seventh batch sat for the public exam of Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (BNMC). The faculty took online exams for preparation purposes.

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393 Students from sixth and seventh batches are continuing with their studies

231 Midwives successfully graduated in 2021


Students Enrolled in the Midwifery Programme


Graduates in Midwifery Professions


Students Received Financial Aid to Attend Midwifery Education


Midwives are Serving at the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar

The School’s international training hub established in 2007, Centre for Professional Skills Development (CPSD) in Public Health strengthens and upgrades the requisite professional skills utilised by practitioners, policymakers, development partners, government officials, public advocates, faculty, researchers and frontline health workers.

12 Skills building training and workshops conducted within January-June, 2021


Skills Building Training and Workshops in 2021 (January-June)

Training of Field Research Assistants and Field Supervisors for Baseline Quantitative Data Collection

Date: 6-11 June 2021

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Translating Actionable Strategies into Evidence-informed Waterlogging and Waste Management Policies for Dhaka City

Date: 6-11 June 2021

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Health Hygiene and COVID Awareness Training for Community Development Officer (CDO) and Ward Committee Leaders

Date: 28 March 2021 (Rajshahi) and 29 March 2021 (Khulna)

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Training on tools for SONAR Global: COVID-19 Vulnerability Assessment (VA) in Bangladesh

Date: 21 March–01 April 2021

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Centre for Professional Skills Development (CPSD) aims to provide:

  • Practical skill based training to address relevant public health priorities and needs
  • Codesign critical competencies for professional trainings to ensure relevant capabilities are developed
  • Interactive teaching and learning
  • Innovative tools for in-person, field-based and online learning
  • Participant centred learning to promote critical thinking
  • Immersive learning by visits to field sites rural urban communities, health facilities (public, NGOs, private) and organisations (public, NGOs, private)
  • Diverse expert facilitators-practitioners, policy makers and multi sectoral actors (i.e., government, NGOs, INGOs, civil society, private sector)
  • Solution oriented thinking to address practical ‘Real World’ challenges

Skills Building Seminars and Workshops since inception


Global Facilitators since inception


Professionals Trained since inception

The School's Five Centres of Excellence and a Humanitarian Research Hub (2018) aim to investigate pressing and emerging public health issues to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations.

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

CGSRHR is dedicated to research, policy, advocacy and training activities in the arena of gender, sexual and reproductive health rights, sexuality and rights in Bangladesh and in the Region.

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

The Centre aims to accelerate evidence-informed, equitable and sustainable action towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The centre has 3 core activities: Generating Essential Evidence; Developing Core Competencies and Advocacy.

The Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

Through research, training and partnership building, the Centre for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH) fosters innovation on how to redress urban health inequities within Bangladesh and around the world.

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

The Centre aims to bridge the knowledge gap and identify implementation strategies which will help the Government and key stakeholders to address challenging and complex issues in delivering quality health services in remote areas and the socio-economically deprived communities in Bangladesh.

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

The Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition has a vision to prevent, control, reduce mortality and complications NCD and malnutrition in Bangladesh through prevention, treatment and control.

Humanitarian Research Hub

Since 2018, BRAC JPGSPH continues to conduct research on Rohingya refugees across three of its Centres of Excellence in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; in efforts to comprehend the gaps in public health service delivery and identify challenges to improve well-being of the Rohingya community.

9 Multi-Country Research Projects from January-June, 2021

42 Peer-Reviewed Publications from January-June, 2021


Peer-Reviewed Publications (January-June)

COVID-19 in Bangladesh: An especially difficult time for an invisible population

Authors: Md Tanvir Hasan, Adity Shayontony Das, Adeepto Intisar Ahmed, Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, and Sabina Faiz Rashid.

Published: 31 May 2021 in Disability & Society.

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Ten-years cardiovascular risk among Bangladeshi population using non-laboratory-based risk chart of the World Health Organization: Findings from a nationally representative survey

Authors: AAM Hanif, Mehedi Hasan, Md Showkat Ali Khan, Md. Mokbul Hossain, Abu Ahmed Shamim, Moyazzam Hossaine, Mohammad Aman Ullah, Samir Kanti Sarker, S. M Mustafizur Rahman, Md Mofijul Islam Bulbul, Dipak Kumar Mitra, Malay Kanti Mridha.

Published: 26 May 2021 in PLOS One.

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Prevalence and associated factors of hypertension among South African adults: Findings from the Demographic and Health Survey 2016

Authors: Rajat Das Gupta, Animesh Talukder, Md. Belal Hossain, Maxwell Akonde & Gulam Muhammed Al Kibria

Published: 15 June 2021 in Journal of Public Health (2021)

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Research Reports

On the Fringes: Impact of COVID-19 Shutdown on the Mental Health Condition of the Hijra Community: A qualitative study conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Soft skills to ease hard lives: A qualitative evaluation of BRAC’s Alternative Learning Programme targeting the youth

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Fidelity, Barriers and Facilitators to implementation of Referral Hub and Shuttle Service on the Utilisation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Rohingya Refugee Population: An Implementation Research

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Research at the School:

  • Investigating pressing and emerging public health issues to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations
  • A team of 231 faculty and researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and professions
  • Dedicated five centres of excellence and humanitarian research hub with a proven track record and in-depth insights
  • Transforming evidence into action for change
  • Combining grounded research and analysis to inform government, key stakeholders (i.e., non-governmental organisations, international agencies), civil society and donors
  • Extensive global and national partnerships and networks
  • Providing evidence to support programmes and policies nationally and globally

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

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

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The Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

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

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

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Humanitarian Research Hub

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Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW) launches COVID-19 Research Repository

On 30 June 2021, BHW initiated a research repository with the aim to house all COVID-19 related research done in Bangladesh, which is a credible source of information and accessible to all. BRAC JPGSPH serves as the Secretariat for BHW since its inception in 2006.

Public Health Consortium: A National Platform of 13 Public Health Institutions

The Public Health Consortium, consisting of 13 universities, was formed in light of the unprecedented COVID-19 Public Health crisis facing our communities in Bangladesh...

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  • Research Projects (2020 & 2021) VIEW ⯈
  • COVID-19 Research Projects (2020 & 2021) VIEW ⯈
  • Peer-Reviewed Publications 2021 VIEW ⯈
  • Peer-Reviewed Publications 2020 VIEW ⯈
  • COVID-19 Research Briefs (2020 & 2021) VIEW ⯈

Research Projects since 2005


Rapid Quantitative and Qualitative Research Assessments on COVID-19


Peer-Reviewed Publications to Date


Global and Local Partners and Networks

BRAC JPGSPH believes in advocating to impact programme design and policies, closely engaging with government, key stakeholders (i.e., non-government organisations, international agencies), civil society and donors to push agendas of national and global importance. All research evidence undertaken by the School have to influence policy and programmes as part of their key mandate.

60+ Active engagements from January to June, 2021


Activity to create awareness (January-June)

Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives

Date: 18 May 2021

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Privilege: Poverty, equity and the drivers of health

Date: 5 May 2021

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

Date: 24 June 2021

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Social Media Campaign on World Refugee Day

For World Refugee Day 2021, BRAC JPGSPH launched a social media campaign, highlighting its works on Rohingya Refugee Camps.

Date: 20 June 2021

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Not Fair Enough: Discrimination Based on Skin Colour

Exploring the common perception of colourism in Bangladesh and a collection narratives of those who have been discriminated against for darker skin tone; and to raise awareness regarding this social injustice which is otherwise ‘normalised’ in the society.

Published: 8 June 2021

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Respecting Boundaries: Understanding Consent and Choice

To sensitise university students and young people on issues of choice in the context of early marriage, relationships, marital rape and cybercrimes by increasing knowledge and conceptual clarity among young people on issues of consent and choice in the context of SRHR.

Published: 8 June 2021

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Policy Brief- Exploring Older Adolescents’ (Age 15-19) Perceptions about Substance Abuse in Urban Slums

Recommendations have been developed based on the evidence from the emerging findings to provide more insight on future policy and programming about adolescents living in urban slums.

Published: 31 May 2021 in Disability & Society.

Published: 20 June 2021

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The School's aim is to continually engage in translating research evidence to inform programme and policy interventions through:

  • Active engagement and creating change to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations
  • Continual stakeholder engagement with government, key stakeholders (i.e, non-governmental organisations, international agencies), Civil society and donors
  • Dedicated five centres of excellence and humanitarian research hub with a proven track record and in-depth insights
  • Strong networks of partnerships for advocacy: global, regional and national
  • To impact on programme design and policies

Advocacy-based Events with Multi-Stakeholder Engagements to Date


Webinars Related to COVID-19 Organisation


News Articles and 21 New Blogs Posted since April 2020

The BRAC JPGSPH Newsletter is a Quarterly Publication. Catch Our Next Issue in September, 2021.

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Supriti Sarkar

Assistant Manager, Knowledge Management,

Communications Team

E-mail: supriti.sarkar@bracu.ac.bd

Asif Faisal

Senior Officer,

Communications Team

E-mail: asif.faisal@bracu.ac.bd

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