Advocacy Activities

ADVOCACY TO INFLUENCE PROGRAMMES AND POLICIES
• 214+ Active engagements with multi-stakeholders to date
• 17 Roundtable Discussions, Seminars, Conferences, Dialogues and Meetings with Diverse Partners and Stakeholders in 2019
• 37 webinars, 95 news articles and 21 blogs in 2020
• 250 National and International Researchers, Academics, Implementers, Practitioners and Partner Networks from 30 Countries Attended GCIS 2019

ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 & 2020

THE GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE AND SCALE-UP (GCIS), 2019
From 29 June till 1 July, 2019, the first ever Global Conference on Implementation Science and Scale-Up (GCIS) was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference was co-hosted by the Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (CoE-SISU), BRAC JPGSPH, UNICEF Bangladesh, and co-sponsored by TDR, Geneva. GCIS aimed to create a global platform with specialists and implementers from leading organisations to understand and share their experiences on implementation science and research in scaling-up and sustaining social programmes in a national context. With 250 participants from 30 countries, including researchers, implementers, government officials and international donor and partner organisations, the conference held multiple plenary sessions on research capacity on implementation science for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) targets; 15 parallel sessions were held, over the course of the conference on topics ranging from strengthening institutional research (IR) capacity in the TDR supported postgraduate schemes, IR in response to the malnutrition challenge in Bangladesh and involving multi-sectoral collaboration.

ACTIVE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT ON COVID-19 AT BRAC UNIVERSITY
On February, 2020, BRAC JPGSPH organised ‘Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)’, an attempt to share the overall COVID-19 situation globally and nationally to discuss how we can prevent an outbreak in Bangladesh, in presence of representatives from Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Government of Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh.

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN THE TIMES OF COVID-19: SONAR-GLOBAL WEBINAR
On February, 2020 BRAC JPGSPH engaged with regional partners of Sonar-Global; a global platform funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme in a webinar. Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH participated in the webinar and shared the experience from Bangladesh on how can anthropological approaches inform COVID-19 research and interventions. Partners: Institut Pasteur (IP); Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD); Stichting Nederlands Instituut Voor Onderzoek Van De Gezondheidszorg (NIVEL); Medical University of Vienna (MUW); Mahidol University; Public Health Centre of the MoH of Ukraine; University College London (UCL); Makerere University (MU); Centre Regional De Recherche Et De Formation A La Prise En Charge Clinique Du Vih Sida et Maladies Associees de Dakar (CRCF); Institute of Development Studies (IDF); CENSIS; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU); University of Malta (UM); University of Ljubljani.

IMPACTING PROGRAMME DESIGNS: ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS FOR EQUITY (ARISE)

Starting from 25 June, to 29 June, 2019, BRAC JPGSPH successfully hosted the first ARISE Annual Partners’ meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr Hilary Standing, Professor and Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Chair of ARISE Advisory panel; and Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Chairperson BRAC, Executive Chairperson of Power and Participation Research Centre and ARISE Advisory panel member from Bangladesh attended the meeting. The event was organised with a view to finalise the Theory of Change, log frame and Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Plan, communications and stakeholder engagement strategy, safeguarding strategy and action plans; harmonise and agree on social and governance mapping work package ethics protocols; identify capacity development needs and strategies to meet them; to become familiar with BRAC JPGSPH and the Dhaka informal settlement context and to agree on a work plan for the upcoming year. Respected individuals from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSTM), University of Glasgow, Institute of Development Studies, LVCT Health were present along with ARISE Bangladesh team members. In 2019 the School organised a National Consultation Workshop on “Advancing Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development Targeted at the Urban Poor (ADB TA)” in July; Stakeholder Workshop on “Working Together Towards Health Equity in Urban Informal Settlements” in September and a National Capacity Development Workshop on “Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Bangladesh”, December. In May 2020 they also organised a webinar on “COVID-19 Impact on Urban Informal Settlements: Vulnerabilities, Challenges and Responses from 4 Countries”. ARISE is funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund. Partners: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK; Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK; The University of York, UK; George Institute for Global Health, India; Slum/Shack Dwellers’ International (SDI), India; African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Kenya; Liverpool VCT Health (LVCT Health), Kenya; Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC), Njala University, Sierra Leone; College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone.
For more information, please visit http://www.ariseconsortium.org/category/all-news-events/bangladesh

ADVOCACY TO INFLUENCE PROGRAMMES AND POLICIES IN 2019

January 2019

CAPACITY BUILDING IN HIGHER EDUCATION: EUROPEAN UNION FUNDED ERASMUS+ PROJECT ‘TRANS4M-PH’
BRAC JPGSPH in collaboration with local partner organisations formally inaugurated the European Union funded “Transformative Competency-Based Public Health Education for Professional Employability in Bangladesh’s Health Sector (TRANS4M-PH)” Project on 24 January, 2019. BRAC JPGSPH; International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) and Asian University for Women (AUW) have been awarded the European Union’s 2018 ERASMUS+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Grant of 995,000 Euros. Led by BRAC JPGSPH, the pioneering tripartite institutional partnership has collaboratively implemented the three-year TRANS4M-PH Project, starting from 2019, till 2021. BRAC JPGSPH, IUB and AUW has designed and offered indigenous competency-based Public Health (PH) curricula which ensures professional skills development and strategically addresses the chronic skilled workforce shortage in Bangladesh’s health sector. The University of Maastricht (UM), Netherlands and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK has collaborated as the Project’s Technical Partners.
Mario Ronconi, Minister Counselor and Head of UnitHead of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union was the Special Guest of the event.

February 2019

SHARING EVIDENCE OF “PSYCHODRAMA AS TRANSFORMATIVE INTERVENTION IN SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (SRH) OF YOUNG MEN IN URBAN SLUMS OF DHAKA: PROOF OF A NOVEL APPROACH”
The School organised a dissemination event on the project tilted “Psychodrama as Transformative Intervention in SRH of Young Men in Urban Slums of Dhaka” on 25 February, 2019. The aim of the project was to explore the existing sexual practices and risky behaviours of urban young adult men and measure the effectiveness of psychodrama and sociodrama as a transformative intervention to change attitudes associated with traditional gender norms and beliefs. Funded by the the Dutch Research Council (NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development Program), a Netherlands based funding agency, and was implemented under the Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (CoE-SISU) of BRAC JPGSPH.
Asaduzzaman Noor, Honorable Member of Parliament and former Minister of the Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, was present at the event as the Chief Guest.

March 2019

LAUNCHING OF SHORT DOCUMENTARY: “NARRATIVES OF SINGLE WORKING WOMEN IN DHAKA CITY”
On March 4, 2019 the first screening of “Narratives of Single Working Women in Dhaka City”, a short documentary produced by CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH based on the research findings of a Share-Net International funded project, took place at BRAC Inn Auditorium. It was also screened at Dhaka Lit Fest on November, 2019. The video aimed to help professionals and laypersons to consider the perspective of single working women and acknowledge the challenges they face to make more inclusive and effective public health policies and programmes. Health professionals and development programmers are encouraged to use this video to facilitate discussions around sex, sexuality, gender roles, societal pressures and more among target audiences including other development workers, working on issues of SRHR and even university students.
Link: Narratives of Single Working Women in Dhaka City - YouTube

April 2019

OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF THE CENTRE FOR NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND NUTRITION (CNCDN), BRAC JPGSPH
On 3 April, 2019 BRAC JPGSPH organised the formal launching ceremony of the ‘Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)’ at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP). The Centre was established in December 2017 at BRAC JPGSPH in collaboration with Non-Communicable Disease Control Programme (NCDC), Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS); National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), BRAC JPGSPH; Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM); BRAC; and Bangladesh University of Health Science (BUHS). CNCDN is funded by National Institute of Health Research, UK and supported by Global Health Research Unit (GHRU) and Imperial College London, UK. The representatives from the founding partner organisation officially launched the Centre by signing the memorandum of understanding

SECOND NATIONAL POLICY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON ADOLESCENT NUTRITION
On 8 April, 2019 the Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN), BRAC JPGSPH and partners hosted the second National Policy Roundtable Discussion on Adolescent Nutrition at Dhaka as an initiative to address the second window of opportunity for adolescent growth and development. This was the last of a series of activities, since its initiation in 2017, to ensure prioritisation of the issues of adolescent nutrition into the health and nutrition policy of Bangladesh. Professor Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary, General Economics Division, Planning Commission was the Chair and Dr Md Shah Nawaz, Director General, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC) Co-Chaired the roundtable. Md Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator, SDG Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office was the Chief Guest. Representatives from ministries, directorates, UN agencies, INGOs and academia participated in the roundtable.

SHARING EVIDENCE ON PATHWAYS OF ANTIBIOTIC USE IN BANGLADESH: THE PAUSE STUDY
Pathways of Antibiotic Use in Bangladesh: The PAUSE Study worked on the scenario of Antimicrobial Resistance in Bangladesh. It was conducted by icddr,b in collaboration with Loughborough University, Durham University, and the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. The School’s representatives joined as panelist in the dissemination workshop on 10 April, 2019. The study identified important behaviours around antibiotic use: where people go for antibiotics, what illnesses they seek antibiotics for, and their understanding of how antibiotics work.

DISSEMINATION SEMINAR: HEALTH CARE FOR FORCIBLY DISPLACED MYANMAR NATIONALS (FDMNS) – ACCESS, BEHAVIOUR AND THE CHALLENGES
On 15 April, 2019 a dissemination event was arranged on sharing the evidences from two research studies titled “Health Care and Health-seeking behaviour among Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar” and “Situation Analysis for Delivering Integrated Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Services for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh”, funded by the World Health Organization (WHO). BRAC JPGSPH participated in a panel discussion after the presentations, where they emphasised on the need to focus on infectious diseases and mental health. They recommended a sustainable plan from the government and donors to implement long term health services with respect to the need of the population. The Chief Guest for the event was Mr Mohammed Abul Kalam, Commissioner of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC); with Special Guest Dr Mohammad Abdul Matin, Civil Surgeon at the, Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

ADDRESSING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IN BANGLADESH THROUGH STRENGTHENING VOICES AND CAPACITIES
Within April 2019 to September 2020, BRAC JPGSPH and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) organised four planned skill development courses on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Law funded by Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA). 16 participants joined the four-day courses which included BLAST Panel Lawyers, District Project Officers, and Paralegals from eight districts across Bangladesh.
Also, there were sessions on struggles and challenges of Hijra community where a transgender and activist, Shova Saker shared her experience with the participants. Other sessions included, Diversity and Sexuality, Domestic Violence and Masculinity, Understanding Bangladesh Legal Framework to SRHR, Laws and Procedure on Rape, Sexual Harassment and Child Sexual Abuse and Issues of Choice and Consent Within the Context of Sexual Assault.

SHARING EVIDENCE: NATIONWIDE STUDY OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDS) IN BANGLADESH
Stakeholder workshop, April 2019
Two separate workshops were organised to identify priority areas for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) research, SRH intervention and policy advocacy for persons with disabilities in Bangladesh. The first brainstorming workshop took place on 23 April, 2019 engaging government officials, academics from Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka (DU), and BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BRAC IED). On 25 April, 2019 the second brainstorming workshop engaged participants from different Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs).
Journalist Orientation Workshop, October
2019 The School arranged a workshop for selected journalists from the leading Bangla and English newspaper and print media houses of the country, including Prothom Alo, New Age, Shomokal, Bhorer Kagoj, Naya Diganta, and Dhaka Tribune. The sessions were geared towards sensitising journalists and emphasising on the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of PWDs in the country.
First Advisory Committee Meeting, October 2019
An advisory committee meeting was conducted as the advisory panel consisted of renowned development, health, and policy experts from Non-Communicable Diseases Control under Directorate General of Health Services; Disability Detection Survey Programme, Department of Social Services; Advocacy for Social Change, Technology, Partnership Strengthening Unit of BRAC; Directorate General of Family Planning; Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, UK; DFID Bangladesh and from College of Public Health and Health Informatics, Qassim University. During the meeting, the BRAC JPGSPH research team presented the preliminary research findings of the quantitative survey, intervention mapping and policy landscape with the committee for paving the future steps for the project and to impact the policy dialogues with the Government. The project has been funded by the Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands and with partnership with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh.


DISSEMINATIONS WORKSHOPS ON IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH: HEALTH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING IN UNICEF SUPPORTED AREAS UNDER COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
BRAC JPGPSH organised two dissemination workshops with key stakeholders in national and district level for the uptake of actionable strategies and options to improve MNCH programme implementation for the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs). The district level dissemination workshop took place in Cox’s Bazar on 29 October 2019. The main objective of the workshop was to disseminate the findings of the implementation research with donors, key policy-makers and programme implementers working for the FDMNs. On November 2019, another dissemination and advocacy seminar was held at the School with national level policy makers and participants from multiple organisations. The workshops resulted in the dissemination of results from Phase-2 of the Implementation Research (IR) initiative on MNCH programmes for (FDMN) in Cox’s Bazar and agreement on future course of action based on the recommendations received from the findings. The project was funded by UNICEF

November 2019

ACTIVE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: SECOND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS
The second International Symposium on Community Health Workers (CHWs) was held from from 22, November to 24, November, 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The symposium was organised by icddr,b in collaboration with BRAC JPGSPH, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh; and Save the Children, Bangladesh. Other partners of the symposium were USAID, European Union, UKAID, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), UNICEF, BRAC, UNFPA, WHO, and Vital Strategies. The symposium facilitated better strategic pathways for developing community-based programmes to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the context of universal health coverage (UHC) and sustainable development goals (SDGs). Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Adviser and Founding Dean of BRAC JPGSPH, and the former Vice Chair of BRAC, delivered one of the keynote speeches. Professor Syed Masud Ahmed, Director of CoE-HS&UHC, BRAC JPGSPH chaired two parallel sessions at the symposium. Dr Nahitun Naher, Senior Research Fellow, BRAC JPGSPH made an oral presentation, titled, "Learning from Community Health Workers (CHWs) Driven Programmes in Different Contexts in Bangladesh: A Scoping Review". The sesion was chaired by Dr Kaosar Afsana, Professor, BRAC JPGSPH and moderated by Shahed Hossain, Professor, BRAC JPGSPH. Dr Afsana also moderated a panel discussion on ‘BRAC’s Community Health Workers and Impact on Public Health’ at the symposium. Dr Selina Amin, Project Director Diploma in Midwifery Project (DMP); and Head, Midwifery Education Programme; and Dr Sharmina Rahman, Strategic Advisor, DMP; participated in a panel discussion, titled ‘Midwives as a part of Health Workforce’, which was moderated by Dr Afsana. Dr Amin gave a presentation on "Midwife as Community Health Worker" and Dr Rahman gave a presentation on ‘Midwife Led Care Centres, Importance for Skills Building’ at the panel discussion. DMP also showcased its overall project activities at the CHW Symposium 2019. On Day two, a parallel session titled "CHWs and Universal Health Care" was co-chaired by Professor Zahidul Quayyum, Director of Research and Director of CUEH, BRAC JPGSPH and Dr Md. Khalequzzaman Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Informatics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU), Bangladesh.

December 2019

SHARING FINDINGS FROM EARLY CHILD MARRIAGE
The Centre of Excellence GSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH organised a knowledge dissemination event on December 1, 2019 for the Prevention of Early Child Marriage in Urban Slums of Bangladesh project funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. The study aimed to understand the factors that shape early marriage among adolescent girls in urban slums and to review programmes and policies in relation to early marriage in Bangladesh. The research findings from the three-year-long project were shared with multiple stakeholders working on issues of child marriage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) both in Bangladesh and the region. Additionally, a book titled “Lives of Adolescent Girls in Urban Slums” based on the research findings was launched at the event. A mobile app in Bangla for android devices featuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information for young people funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO-WOTRO) (Netherlands) was launched in the presence of Special Guest Jeroen Steeghs, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Affairs and Development Cooperation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT AND SHARING EVIDENCE: PROMOTING RIGHTS THROUGH INCLUSION AND EMPOWERMENT (PRITIE)
BRAC JPGSPH and Bangladesh Legal Aid And Services Trust (BLAST) organised 12 discussion sessions on issues related to SRHR and Law with students of six public and private universities across Bangladesh. The sessions provided simple trainings on SRHR topics, hosted film screenings on various issues around sexual and reproductive rights, sexual harassment, etc. These active engagements aimed to create a pool of young people with knowledge, awareness and understanding of SRHR, consent and choice. Four poster competitions with a selected group of students from public universities and a national film competition with both public and private universities was organised. The selected group of students also received training and awareness around the laws and issues of SRHR which equipped them to engage in these advocacy initiatives and create a peer learning platform. The film competition videos were later shared on social media platforms and used by BRAC JPGSPH and BLAST as resource materials and displayed during various events.
The project was funded by Swedish Associate for Sexuality Education (RFSU).

ADVOCACY TO INFORM POLICY AND PRACTICE IN 2020
The School 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 organisations, key stakeholders, partners, and networks which include seminars, online dissemination events, policy dialogues, internal blogs, articles published in newspapers, social media campaigns, sharing daily COVID-19 updates, etc. from February 2020.

EVENTS, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS: COVID-19 RELATED

February 2020

SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD AWARENESS ON COVID-19
Early March 2020 onwards, BRAC JPGSPH has been using its social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Medium to spread awareness by disseminating information on the awareness of COVID-19. The information is being shared both in Bengali and English and covers a range of topics including, Common Symptoms, Modes of Transmission, Prevention, Protection, and Preparedness, Quarantine Protocols, and Hotline numbers.

July 2020

BRAC JPGSPH JOINS GENDER & COVID-19
BRAC JPGSPH and a global team joined in a groundbreaking project titled Gender & COVID-19, 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 and 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 helped widen their analysis of gendered risks and impacts of the pandemic on health, social and economic welfare.
Further information on: https://www.genderandCOVID-19.org/

EVENTS, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS: NON-COVID

January 2020

SHARING EVIDENCE: RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (RHRN)
In 2019 under the project Right Here Right Now (RHRN) the School developed two separate videos through evidence-based research by following a real story-line in collaboration with the targeted community and stakeholders. The first video titled “Experts’ Opinion on Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE)” in the government’s school curriculum. ‘Untold Story’, is the second animation video which presented two different stories of two transgender children. Funded by Rutgers and partnered with BRAC Education Programme; Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Program (RHSTEP); Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu); Naripokkho; Socio-Economic Rural Advancement Committee (SERAC)-Bangladesh; Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB); Oboyob; Bangladesh Legal Aid And Services Trust (Blast); United for Body Rights (UBR) Alliance; Bangladesh Mahila Parishad; Dance4Life; Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos)

March 2020

SHARING EVIDENCE: VIDEO DOCUMENTARY ON KALIGANJ BIRTH AND DEATH REGISTRATION IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH
A video documentary on Kaliganj birth and death registrations implementation research was screened at the validation workshop, on March 2020 based on the study report of Kaliganj model assessment on birth registration organised by the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh. The documentary was made on the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) project in Kaliganj, Gazipur in 2019 by CoE-SISU, BRAC JPGSPH. The objective of the video was to show the implementation process of the birth and death registration in Kaliganj which is known as the Kaliganj Model. Interviews of relevant stakeholders were taken to better understand the process from the birth of a child to the receiving of the birth certificate.
The project was funded by UNICEF Bangladesh

April 2020

MEDICAL TREATMENT LOAN & MEDICAL TREATMENT LOAN PLUS (MTL & MTL+)
A video documentary was created on the Medical Treatment Loan and Medical Treatment Loan Plus (MTL & MTL+) programme that is available through BRAC. The documentary was part of the research project titled, “Assessing BRAC’s Innovative Health Loans in Protecting the Poor against Health and Asset Vulnerability in Bangladesh”. The objective of the video was to show how the MTL programme functions and how BRAC has incorporated the research findings by BRAC JPGSPH into their programme MTL+.

September 2020

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES: FELLOWSHIP GRANTS OFFERED BY BRAC JPGSPH
CGSRHR at BRAC JPGSPH, and BLAST jointly provided 13 fellowship grant opportunities for junior and mid-level individuals and organisations from Bangladesh to develop advocacy material around preventing Gender Based Violence (GBV), funded by Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA). The initiative was targeted to empower early and mid-career researchers, development professionals, legal practitioners, artists and human rights activists focusing on gender and SRHR rights issues. Different advocacy materials such as documentaries, fiction drama, comic strips, photo narratives, blogs, digital puppet shows, short stories have been developed by the fellows on issues, such as rape culture, realities of transgender and intersex communities, medial representation of gender-based violence etc.

October 2020

POLICY DIALOGUE WORKSHOPS: NATIONWIDE STUDY OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDS) IN BANGLADESH
Inclusive Health Services for PWDs in Bangladesh, October 2020
On October 27, BRAC JPGSPH organised a Policy Dialogue Workshop on Inclusive Health Services for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh under the “Nationwide Study of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Bangladesh”, funded by the Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands. Professor Dr Mohammod Golam Rabbani, Chairperson, Neuro-Developmental Protibondhi Shurakkha Trustee Board, Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh attended the policy dialogue as Chief Guest. Paula Schindeler, Deputy Head of Mission/Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh attended the event as a Special Guest. Promoting SRHR of PWDs in Bangladesh in the Context of SDGs and UNCRPD On 23 November, the School organised a Policy Dialogue Workshop on “Promoting SRHR of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh in the context of SDGs and UNCRPD”. Zuena Aziz, Senior Secretary and Principal Coordinator, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was the Chief Guest at the event. Dr Veronika Flegar, First Secretary Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and Gender, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Bangladesh was the Special Guest at the event.
Promoting SRHR of PWDs in Bangladesh in the Context of SDGs and UNCRPD
On 23 November, the School organised a Policy Dialogue Workshop on “Promoting SRHR of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh in the context of SDGs and UNCRPD”. Zuena Aziz, Senior Secretary and Principal Coordinator, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was the Chief Guest at the event. Dr Veronika Flegar, First Secretary Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and Gender, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Bangladesh was the Special Guest at the event

November 2020

POLICY DIALOGUE WORKSHOP: “PROMOTING SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS OF MALE YOUTHS (15-24 YEARS) IN BANGLADESH: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES”
BRAC JPGSPH organised the online Policy Dialogue Workshop titled “Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Male Youths (15-24 years) in Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities” to share and discuss their research findings from the study, “Male Youths and their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Bangladesh: A Mixed-Methods Nationwide Study”. This research was funded by the Embassy of The Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands. The discussion ended with a conclusion that addressing male SRHR needs to be included in the national policy with utmost importance and immediate action which will be mediated not only by the government officials and NGO workers but also with the active participation of the community people.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

WOMEN’S DAY 2020
On International Women's Day the School executed two social media campaigns from 29 February, 2020 till 10 March, 2020. • The first campaign focused on debunking some widely believed misconceptions regarding women, gender roles and sexuality. Based on the findings of multiple studies on SRHR conducted by CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH. • The second campaign celebrated diversity. The School gathered quotes from MPH Students and staff of BRAC JPGSPH from different nations on their versions of a gender equal world
In addition to a 10 Day campaign, the School also prepared a video.

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
In solidarity with the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls, CGSRHR, BRAC JPGSPH launched a social media campaign to celebrate this noble cause with a view to spread awareness, capacity building and advocacy for change