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Online Learning Continues: Master of Public Health

Role-play by the students: Exploring different aspects of Environment & Climate Change through the lens of Public Health

The MPH 16th batch students just completed their last course work for the academic year. Students highly enjoyed this module which included a teaching-learning experience. One of the specialities of Environment, Health and Climate Change (MPH 541) is that it does not have a final exam but only a reflection of three things they learnt and have to summarize on the last day. Students got a chance to be acquainted with environmental determinants and factors broadly affecting health and wellbeing and gained basic understanding and orientation on key concepts, approaches and perspectives of environment, climate change and disaster in the context of public health implication. The course also dealt with the application of selected tools widely used for environmental assessment and further explored how policies and frameworks related to environment and climate change are formulated at national and international level.

The course coordinator was Dr. Zahirul Islam; Clinical Research Fellow, Child Health Research Center at the University of University of Queensland, Australia. He used various means of technology to make the teaching sessions more interactive and interesting such as: Video Documentaries to explain the relation with health and Environment and climate changes; Mini workshop and panel sessions with experts from The Government and Highest International NGOs in the country, Futures Wheel Exercises, Simulation sessions, Facilitated discussions. Overall the module ensured a student-centred learning.

Students designing life course approach intervention

A 2 week long course on Aging and Health (MPH 681) started on October 11, 2020 and was designed to run for 2 weeks. 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 are exploring the preventable conditions which are causing mortality among the older population. 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.

We have professor Malay Kanti Mridha from JPGSPH and Professor Dr. Fariha Haseen from BSMMU to Coordinate the entire module, along with the following faculty members-

Syed Masud Ahmed (BRAC JPGSPH), Malabika Sarker (BRAC JPGSPH), Helal Uddin Ahmed (NIMH), Manna Rahman (VSO), Mehedi Hasan (BRAC JPGSPH), Abu Hanif Mohammad Abdullah (BRAC JPGSPH).

We also have Ipsita Sutradhar (BRAC JPGSPH) as a resource person and Nazrana Khaled (BRAC JPGSPH) and Fahmida Akter (BRAC JPGSPH).

Students are analyzing public health implications of population growth and the burden of NCDs globally and at a national level in terms of the magnitude of the problem (economic burden, social burden and future impact). Identifying the multiple facets of ageing including functional ability, social support, role of the older persons, formal and informal care for older persons. Assessing 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 arranged and conducted by the students in pairs or small groups everyday.

Virtual tour of Hospital setting in a LMIC: Exploring the Nutritional Status of Children

The two-week long course on Public Health Nutrition started on September 27 th , 2020 and the School prepared practical video shoots on the following:

1. How to assess nutritional status of children and women: anthropometric techniques, Z scores and their interpretation

2. Assessment of nutritional status: anthropometric techniques and their use

3. Interviews and interpretation of the findings on Management of stunting, underweight, wasting, severe acute malnutrition, and Nutritional rehabilitation of severely malnourished children.

4. Practical demonstration of the Preparation of therapeutic diets: F-75 and Khichuri and Nutritional rehabilitation.

The Students were able to get a virtual tour of the Dhaka hospital and see the rehabilitation wards and interview of patients which helped them understand and conceptualize the causes of malnutrition learning from a hospital setting, gain an idea on assessment of nutritional status of children and women, and the different methods of improving intake of nutrients.

In this module, Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed, MBBS, PhD, Senior Director & Senior Scientist, Nutrition & Clinical Services Division (NCSD), ICDDR,B and Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University is the Coordinator and teacher. He’s the first ever Bangladeshi to take up the position of Executive Director of ICDDR,B. Several scientists and research Investigators are partaking in this course to enrich the students with their practical knowledge and experiences through teaching different sessions.

Students gained experience on food security, IYCF, nutrition during infections, nutrition during adolescence and pregnancy etc with supervision from Research officers, Research Investigators and Research Physicians from Icddrb.

Why Gender, sexual and reproductive health & rights matter?

Gender, sexual and reproductive health & rights (MPH 660) module started on the 6th of September, 2020 and designed in a way which will help the students to acquire broad perspective on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and men and other vulnerable groups, gain a layered understanding of the broader factors that shape sexual and reproductive health and rights. Some of the layers that will be considered (with varying emphases for particular topics) are: epidemiology, anthropology, policy, human rights, and health programs. The course will explore how global and local agendas and contexts (social, cultural and political economic factors), and gender shape health experiences (i.e quality of care, neglect and other forms of denial, which impacts on access and rights).

This module is Coordinated by Dr Sabina Faiz Rashid - Dean and Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the Co-coordinator Ms. Bachera Aktar - Assistant Director, The Center of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR), James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

‘Online Debates’ are a new addition and an integral part of this course. The objective of these debates is for students to understand global policies and local realities which impact on rights, and have healthy and logical discussions on the intersections between gender, socio-cultural, political and economic factors as they affect adversely reproductive health experiences and rights.

Topics such as Legalization of abortion increases the rate of pre-marital sex and other ‘illicit’ relationships; Basic Comprehensive Sexuality education should be mandatory in primary education in all schools (Age 10 years and above); LGBTQI have the right to adopt children or have children of their own (i.e surrogacy); Need to promote and provide access to contraceptives for college going (grade 11 & 12) and university students in Educational Institution were discussed in these debates.

Multi-country virtual study in Infectious Diseases course during pandemic

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MPH 620), a 3-week long course that started August 9th, introduced the students to a wide range of infectious diseases through illustrating the principles of infectious diseases around the globe. The course was conducted online and students acquired knowledge on the high burden of disease with data driven presentations from faculty members all over the world as well as strategies to reduce infectious disease burden in a low resource context.

Dr. Richard A. Cash, Professor: Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA; and Professor, BRAC JPG School of Public Health; Infectious Diseases; Research Ethics, and Dr. Stephen P. Luby, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Associate Dean for Global Health Research, Stanford University, USA coordinated the entire module, along with other national and international faculty members. As per the requirement of the course, the students worked in groups and designed small study to assess impact of COVID-19 on issues related to social and health seeking behavior during pandemic: Livelihood, Health care seeking behavior, Trust in organizations, Mental health, and Adaptation of behaviour i.e. use of masks/facial covering, hand washing, etc.

This is the first time the students conducted research in different countries simultaneously, which included the UK, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Maldives, Philippines. They collected quantitative and qualitative data through a variety of online data collection platforms including Phone interviews, online survey via different online platforms like Google, Facebook. Some of the research included Change in Healthcare Seeking Behaviour and Adaptation of Behaviour.

MPH Students to analyse Health System and Policy of different countries

The MPH students have been getting engaged in active discussion, meaningful exchange of ideas and productive dialogue with health systems experts during the current Health Systems Management Module. The students are also critically reviewing health systems contexts and responses to covid-19 situations in different countries.

As per the requirement of the course, students have also undertaken experiential learning projects on Health System’s response to COVID 19 pandemic in different country context and apply critical systems thinking approach in order to identify gaps and challenges and find out a possible solution.

The course is being advised by Prof. Syed Masud Ahmed, Director, Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage and coordinated by Shaikh A Shahed Hossain, Professor with support from other Facilitators.

Students are also receiving critical sessions by distinguished faculty members and experts and practitioners from renowned organizations and institutions round the globe. Dr. Timothy Grant Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal at Global Policy and Innovation, McGill University; Ermin Erasmus, Collaboration for Health Policy & Systems Analysis in South Africa; Miatta Zenabu Gbanya, Immunization Specialist, UNICEF Afghanistan; Dr. Taufique Joarder, Research Director, USAID’s Multisectoral Nutrition Programming through Implementation Science Activity, FHI360 Bangladesh; Jannatul Ferdous, Health Officer (Health System Strengthening), UNICEF Bangladesh; Dr. ATM Iqbal Anwar, Project Director, Universal Health Coverage, Health System and Population Studies Division, ICDDRB and Dr. Mohammad Mushtuq Husain; Advisor IEDCR (Consultant, COVID-19 Pandemic Control, World Bank) have all provided these sessions to the students during the coursework.

Mph students design community based innovative health insurance scheme

The 5th online course taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic is the Health Economics and Health Care Financing module which is coordinated by Dr. Zahidul Quayyum, Professor of Health Economics; Co-Director Research and Co-Director Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH), and Dr. Jahangir Khan, Senior Lecturer at Department of International Public Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK; Adjunct Researcher, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Adjunct Professor.

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. Professor Nahid Akhter Jahan and Professor Sayed Abdul Hamid at Institute of Health Economics, University of Dhaka; Dr. Shakil Ahmed, Senior Economist at World Bank Group; Mr. Musabbir Rahim, Manager at BRAC-Aarong, and Dr. Sayem Ahmed; Health Economist at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and Dr. Marufa Sultana, PhD Candidate at the Deakin University, Australia has conducted sessions with the students.

Mph students participate in online quantitative research methods module

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 course is coordinated by Malabika Sarker Professor and Associate Dean; Director of Research, Director Center of Excellence for Science of Implementation & Scale-Up (CoE-SISU). 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 Students undertake online Biostatistics course

The course that took place during the pandemic was the Biostatistical course. The MPH Students took the Biostatistics course online after the successful completion of Epidemiology course. The course was coordinated by Dr Md. Tanvir Hasan Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH). This 4-week course equips students with basic statistical tools and its application in public health.


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

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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.

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Training ON COVID-19

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

  • Privilege: Poverty, equity and the drivers of health

  • DATE: 5 May 2021

    2:30 PM- 3:30 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)

    In Conversation:

    1. Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
    Director The Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR)

    2. Professor Rebeca Ivers, Head, School of Population Health UNSW Sydney
    Honorary Professorial Fellow George Institute for Global Health and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

    Full Webinar Video:

  • Perceptions of substance abuse in urban slums: Research Findings

  • DATE: 8 April 2021

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

    Opening Remarks:

    Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean & Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University


    Anushka Zafar, PhD candidate at University of Sussex Coordinator of the project 'Perceptions of substance abuse in urban slums'

    Presentations by

    1. Sajib Rana, Research Associate, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

    2. Samira Ahmed Raha, Research Assistant, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University


    Farid Ahammad Khan, Farid Ahammad Khan Project in Charge (Uddyam), Caritas Dhaka Region

    Special Guest:

    Silvia Guglielmi, Qualitative Researcher, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

    Full Webinar Video:

  • Development of Integrated Nutrition Messages for Schools

  • DATE: 22 March 2021

    TIME: 7:30 PM- 9:00 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)


    Md. Shahiduzzaman Faruki, Directorate General, Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food, Government of Bangladesh


    1. Saira Parveen Jolly, Senior Research Fellow BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

    2. Fahmida Akter, Senior Research Fellow BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University


    1. Lalita Bhattacharjee, Senior Nutrition Advisor Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    2. Syed Mahfooz Ali, Senior Specialist Curriculum Wing National Curriculum and Textbook Board


    Md. Shahiduzzaman Faruki, Directorate General, Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food, Government of Bangladesh


    Kaosar Afsana Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

    Full Webinar Video:

  • The Role of Communication in the Covid-19 Vaccination Drive

  • DATE: Thursday, 25 February 2021

    TIME: 7:00 Pm - 8:30 PM (BST)

    Panel Speaker:

    M Iqbal Arslan, Former Dean Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU)

    Kaosar Afsana, Professor BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

    Tropa Majumdar, Director Expressions Ltd

    Nurul Islam Hasib, Special Correspondent Bangladesh Post


    AKM Mazharul Islam, Visiting Professor BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University & Professor of Anthropology, SUST

    Full Webinar Video:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination: Some Gender Perspectives

  • DATE: 11 February 2021

    TIME: 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)


    Dr Atonu Rabbani, Associate Scientist, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka


    Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury, Adviser, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University Convener to Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW)


    1. Dr Syed Abdul Hamid, Professor, Institute of Health Economics, University of Dhaka

    2. Dr Malabika Sarker, Professor and Associate Dean Director, Center of Excellence for Science of Implementation & Scale Up (CoE-SISU), BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University

    3. Dr Abu Jamil Faisel, Public Health teacher and Public Health Expert Advisor, MOHFW assigned to Sylhet Division

    4. Dr Morseda Chowdhury, Associate Director at Health, Nutrition and Population Programme BRAC Bangladesh

    Full Webinar Video:

  • Young people’s voices during COVID-19: How the pandemic affected adolescents in urban slums and low-income settlements in Dhaka

  • DATE: 15 December 2020, Tuesday

    TIME: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (BST)


    Maheen Sultan, Senior Fellow of Practice and Head, Gender and Social Transformation Clus-ter, BIGD and Farhana Alam, Assistant Director, Center of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR), BRAC JPGSPH


    Rasheda K Chowdhury, Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government and Honorary Executive Director, CAMPE


    S M Latif, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Project Director, Accelerating Protection for Children (APO) Project, Workneh Yadete, GAGE Ethiopia Qualitative Research Lead and Research Uptake and Impact Coordinator and Dr Jennifer Seager, Assistant Professor, George Washington University


    Dr Imran Matin, Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University

    Closing remarks:

    Dr Sabina F Rashid, Dean and Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAG University

    Full Webinar Video:

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

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

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.

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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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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)


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.