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MoU Sign

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH), BRAC University signed Memorandum of Understanding with Institute of Health Economics (IHE), Dhaka University on May 19, 2019 at IHE. 
The objective is to build collaboration between the institutions with respect to expanding and institutionalizing the growing learning and research collaboration program in health economics and health systems education, research and scholarly services. 
The MoU will allow both institutes to collaborate on research and relevant educational/capacity building grants to improve pedagogy, teaching and course content in graduate public health program and jointly hold, whenever appropriate and as funding permits, dissemination seminars, workshops, scientific conferences, etc., to further enhance public health training.
Professor & Dean, Sabina Faiz Rashid, on behalf of BRAC JPGSPH and Professor & Director, Dr Syed Abdul Hamid on behalf of IHE signed the MoU. Dr Zahidul Quayyum, Professor, BRAC JPGSPH who facilitated the collaboration between these two institutes, was also present during the ceremony. Md Koushik Ahmed, Deputy Director, MPH Program, BRAC JPGSPH; Dr. Nasrin Sultana, Associate Professor and Dr. Sharmeen Mobin Bhuiyan, Associate Professor and other faculty members of IHE were also present at the ceremony.


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Professor Sabina F Rashid, Dean, welcomed Professor Vincent Chang, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of BRAC University, to BRAC JPGSPH on Monday, May 20, 2019. The VC met with the faculty, staff and senior management of the School, and shared his vision for the University. He also met with 27 students from 8 countries of the current (15th cohort) in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.
After the Vice Chancellor’s speech; Professor Sabina Rashid, Dean and Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean of BRAC JPGSPH, gave a brief presentation of the School’s achievements in the four core areas: Education, Training, Research and Advocacy efforts over the last few years, and the future vision of the School. Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Adviser to the Developing Midwives Project at the School shared a few thoughts on how the School was already an internationally recognized institution and was looking forward to the leadership of the VC to take the University forward.

The session was followed by a short Question and Answer session.

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Coxs Event

BRAC JPG School of Public Health, BRAC University hosted a dissemination event on the 15th of April, 2019 at the Sayeman Hotel in Cox’s Bazar. Findings from two implementation research projects on the various health aspects of the Rohingya community were shared with academics, researchers and programme staff of organizations. The first study focused on the morbidity pattern of the displaced Rohingya population, their health seeking behaviour and facility utilization. The second study concerned with the needs assessment and a situation analysis of sexual and reproductive health care. The projects were funded by BRAC and the World Health Organization (WHO) respectively.
The event also featured a panel discussion with experts from the fields of humanitarian aid and public health. 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 of General Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Welfare (MoHFW). They provided a review of the Rohingya refugee situation, highlighting key areas of concern, expressing the need for sustainable economic support to set demand based services and facilities in the camps. Professor Zahidul Quayyum ended the ceremony by thanking the participants and the researchers from the two projects.

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CNCDN Launch 

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH), BRAC University organized the 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) on April 3, 2019. The Centre was founded with the aim to prevent and control NCDs and malnutrition in Bangladesh.

Professor Dr. AHM Enayet Hussain, Additional Director General of Health Services (Planning and Development), DGHS, MoHFW, was the ‘Chief Guest’ at the event. Professor Vincent Chang, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University; Professor Zafar Ahmed Latif, Director General, BIRDEM and Professor Faridul Alam, Vice Chancellor, BUHS attended the launch as ‘Guests of Honor’. The launch was also attended by nominated “Focal Persons” from the founding partner organizations.

Professor Chang, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University delivered the welcome speech at the launch. Dr. Malay Kanti Mridha, Director CNCDN gave a presentation titled ‘Overview on Center for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition’. The attending representatives from the founding partner organization officially launched the Centre by signing the memorandum of understanding. The event concluded with the closing remarks from the Chief Guest, Professor Enayet Hussain.

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TV Series - "Icche Dana"


UNICEF in collaboration with Asiatic 360 rolled out an Entertainment-Education campaign addressing issues such as child marriage and other critical behaviours like menstrual hygiene, adolescent health, sexual abuse, and harassment. BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University intends to evaluate the social and normative impact of this Edutainment campaign among adolescents and their parents. Part of the media campaign includes a 26 episode TV series - "Icche Dana", which is aired on three different channels - BTV (Saturday at 7.10 PM), ATN Bangla (Tuesday at 8 PM) and Duranta TV (Friday at 9.30 PM).

Full episodes are also available to watch for free on the following social media sites:

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Sonar Global AMR Project Meeting

Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Director of Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights; and Professor Syed Masud Ahmed, Director of Centre of Excellence for Health Systems & Universal Health Coverage; BRAC JPG School of Public Health; attended the kick-off meeting of the new European Union Project Sonar-Global to build an International Social Sciences Network for the Prevention and Response to Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on 30 January 2019 at Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. 

The goal of the new European Project Sonar-Global is to build a sustainable international social sciences network to engage the active participation of the social sciences in the prevention and response to infectious threats and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Its activities will foster complementarities and synergies among social scientists and other stakeholders for the governance of infectious threats and AMR.

The project will provide a platform for collaboration among social sciences experts, institutions and existing networks engaged in preparedness and response to epidemics and AMR in Europe and around the world. The platform will build on activities at regional hubs within Europe and vulnerable countries threatened by EID and AMR. It will facilitate learning opportunities on how to improve the governance of EID and AMR preparedness and response within Europe, between the global North and South, and between countries in the global South Sonar-Global will lead activities through a program that builds governance from the ground by:

1. Developing an open-access platform to support the Sonar-Global activities and sharing them broadly
2. Adapting, testing and evaluating vulnerability assessment tools on the ground and engagement models to facilitate collaboration across multiple stakeholders

3. Piloting and evaluating curricula for training social scientists in preparedness and response to infectious threats and AMR and fostering social sciences knowledge of infectious threats and of AMR among non-social sciences actors

The Sonar-Global project was granted within the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Union after a competitive one-stage selection process.



The European Union funded “Transformative Competency-Based Public Health Education for Professional Employability in Bangladesh’s Health Sector (Trans4m-PH)” project was successfully launched on Thursday, 24 January, 2019.

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University (BRAC JPGSPH); International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD), Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB); and Asian University for Women (AUW) have jointly been awarded the prestigious European Union 2018 ERASMUS+ ‘Capacity Building in Higher Education’ Grant for USD 1 Million.

Led by BRAC JPGSPH this pioneering tripartite institutional partnership will collaboratively implement the 3-year Trans4m-PH Project, from 2019-2021. BRAC JPGSPH, ICCCAD and AUW will design and offer indigenous Competency-based Public Health (PH) Curricula which ensure professional skills development and strategically address the chronic skilled workforce shortage in Bangladesh’s Health Sector. Professor Sabina F. Rashid, Dean, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University is the Lead Coordinator for this project.
The Project’s European capacity-building technical partners are Maastricht University (UM), Netherlands and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK.

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BRAC JPG School fo Public Health launched the “Amena Azfar and Hurmatunnessa Rob Scholarships” on December 1, 2018, for women pursuing an MPH degree at the School. The scholarship comes as a gift from  Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury who has been the advisor to the school since 2014.  Dr Chowdhury was the founding Dean of the School and played a critical role in establishing the School in 2004

Read more about the scholarship on the Weekend Tribune
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The Invisible Reality of ‘Chintar Rog’ (A Life of Chronic Worry): The Illness of Poverty in Dhaka’s Urban Slum Settlements


A Video Talk by  Prof. Sabina Faiz Rashid  or

First working paper from the SOAS ACE (Bangladesh) Study, "Irregularities, informal practices, and the motivation of frontline healthcare providers in Bangladesh: current scenario and future perspectives towards achieving UHC by 2030"

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Attending the Fifth Global Symposium on HSR 2018 Conference at Liverpool, UK

5th Global Symposium on HSR 2018

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, participated in the “Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2018” in Liverpool, UK from October 8-12, 2018. The team consisted of Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid (Professor and Dean), Dr. Malabika Sarker (Professor and Associate Dean), and Dr. Syed Masud Ahmed (Professor and Director, the Center of Excellence for Health Systems & Universal Health Coverage, CoE-HS&UHC). Dr. Nahitun Naher (Research Fellow), Roksana Hoque (Sr. Research Associate) and Muhammad Shaikh Hassan (Sr. Research Associate) also represented CoE-HS&UHC at the Symposium. The theme of the conference of this year was “Advancing Health Systems for all in the SDG Era”. The CoE-HS&UHC team proactively participated in oral, satellite, skill building and different plenary sessions. Read More.

Congrats Heroines of Health 2018


BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University, is proud to congratulate Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean & Professor, and Dr. Malabika Sarker, Director of Research Center of Excellence for Science of Implementation & Scale Up (SISU), for being honored with the Heroines of Health Award. The award ceremony took place at the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva.

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Celebrating Bengali New Year 1425

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BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University celebrated Pohela Boishakh on its premise. To view more photos of the event, visit our official Facebook page;

14th Batch of MPH Programme

14th Batch 2018

The BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University started its 14th batch of MPH Programme on January 27, 2018 with 38 students from 11 countries.

Graduation Ceremony 2018 (MPH 13th Batch)

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Course on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on Health Research


The BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH) organised a three day course on “Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis in health research”. Held from 11 – 13 July, the course provided participants with an introduction to basic components of systematic reviews; from research question to protocol development, data collection, analysis and interpretation.

The course was facilitated by Dr Shaikh A. Shahed Hossain (Professor, BRAC JPGSPH; Consultant Scientist, Health Systems and Population Studies Division, icddr,b) and Dr MalabikaSarker (Professor & Director of Research & Director CoE on the Science of Implementation & Scale-Up, BRAC JPGSPH).

Due to the immense popularity and success of the first course, a second course is being offered again from 22 – 24 August.


International Guest Faculty at MPH Course

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The Master of Public Health students have been undertaking the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases module from 16 July – 3 August. The students gained an understanding of the nature of policy, its processes and contexts in informing health systems. In this course, students are oriented to a number of important viral and bacterial diseases, disease, distribution, surveillance and control strategies that are prevalent in developing countries.

As part of the experiential hands on learning, students undertake field visits to icddr,b’s famous Matlab surveillance area and BRAC’s DOTS Tuberculosis and Malaria Control programme, and learn implementation of epidemiological studies on infectious diseases. The course was taught by guest faculty Dr Richard A. Cash (Senior Lecturer: Global Health, Ethics in Research, Infectious Diseases, Harvard University) and Dr Stephen P. Luby (Professor of Medicine: Innovation in Global Health, Disease Control and Infectious Diseases, Stanford University).


Multi-Sectoral Programming for Adolescents

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BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health and UNICEF-Bangladesh hosted a workshop on “Creating Evidence on Multi-Sectoral Programming for Adolescents” on 18 July. Funded by the World Bank, the objective of this workshop was to bring together a variety of stakeholders to learn about and identify opportunities for improving nutritional status of adolescents in Bangladesh.

Mr Shamim Iqbal (Additional Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare; and Director, Administration, DGFP, MoHFW) was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Dr A B M Muzaharul Islam (Director, IPHN; Line Director, NNS, Institute of Public Health Nutrition, DGHS, MoHFW); and Dr Mohammed Sharif (Director, MCH- Services; and Line Director [MCRAH], MCH Services Unit, DGFP, MoHFW) were the Special Guests of the event. Dr MalabikaSarker (Professor and Director, Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-up, BRAC JPGSPH) delivered the welcome speech.




Researchers attend Psychodrama Workshop in Chennai, India


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Three researchers from the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health attended a workshop from 22 - 26 July in Chennai, India. Afzal Aftab (Research Coordinator), AshfiqueRizwan (Senior Research Assistant) and Arifur Rahman Apu (Senior Research Assistant) from the NWO-WOTRO funded project “Psychodrama as a Transformative Intervention in the SRH of Young Men in Urban Slums in Dhaka: Proof of a Novel Approach” learned different methods of Psychodrama and Socio-drama such as role reversal, mirroring, doubling and different sociometric techniques.

From this workshop, they garnered a clear understanding of the role theory of personality, which will enable the researchers to fix the indicators for measuring the behaviour change among the psychodrama intervention participants in their project.The workshop was conducted by the Indian Institute of Psychodrama and facilitated by Sue Daniel, TEP, Director of Melbourne Institute of Psychodrama who is a pioneer of psychodrama in New Zealand and Australia.



Short Course on “Implementation Research for Practitioners and Implementers”


The Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-up at the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH), BRAC University organised three-day long short course on “Implementation Research for Practitioners and Implementers” from 25-27 July, with the support of World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Bangladesh. It was facilitated by Dr Nhan Tran from WHO, Dr EmmauelAsampong from Accra School of Public Health, Ghana and Professor MalabikaSarker from BRAC JPGSPH.

The course aimed to broaden knowledge and understanding of health and development programme planners and managers in the areas of implementation research (IR), systems thinking, and theoretical basis of IR. Participants were encouraged to develop their capacity to assess implementation barriers and identify systems issues, as well as build their capacity to be able to formulate IR research questions. Learnings from this course will help programme implementers be able to plan/manage an IR study, and apply research findings to programmes.

It was well attended, with participants from various organisations such as BRAC, SAVE the Children, UNICEF and SAJIDA Foundation.



Addressing SRHR needs of those with disabilities


Addressing SRHR

Share-Net Bangladesh facilitated a session on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues of people with disability at an exchange meeting organised by Turning Point Foundation on 30 July. The session was arranged in order to educate the people with disabilities regarding gender, sexuality and SRHR issues. FarhanaAlam (Project Coordinator, "Breaking the Shame: Towards improving SRHR education for adolescents and youth in Bangladesh" research project at BRAC JPGSPH) facilitated the session.

It was overall an interactive session; initial discussions revolved around an explanation of how the society is constructing gender and what sex and sexuality means. Afterwards, there was a more comprehensive discussion regarding the SRHR needs of people with disabilities. All the participants, who were themselves people with disability, shared their own experiences in dealing with SRHR issues. The session concluded on a positive note with the hope that researchers working to explore the issues pertaining to SRHR will endeavour to emphasise on the particular SRHR needs akin to those people with disability.



Seminar on Complementary Feeding and Stunting


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Dr Christine P Stewart (Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis) visited the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health on 29 July to deliver a talk for the Master of Public Health programme students and JPGSPH staff. The topic of her presentation will be "Effect of daily provision of eggs early during complementary feeding on stunting and biomarkers of nutritional status: Results from a randomized controlled trial in Ecuador".



Strengthening Midwifery Faculty


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The Developing Midwives Project (DMP) organised an extended training in July 2017 for members of the midwifery faculty. The first part of the 13-days training was invested in reviewing the knowledge on midwifery, learning about new concepts, and refreshing the practical dimension of work. Nicknamed “faculty development training”, this edition of the bi-annual initiative also included sessions on interpersonal communication, English language skills, online safety, and social media. Trainers from DMP and John Hopkins University used participatory learning methodology in a congenial environment throughout the training. A total of 51 midwifery faculty from seven academic sites attended the training brimming with energy.

The capacity building initiative continued with a Training of Trainers (ToT) for 12 participants (all Senior Instructors and one core staff from each of the academic sites) who learned about the technicalities and modern trends in DMP’s high-stake mandate – the family planning dimension of work. Experts from ‘Ipas Bangladesh’and ‘BAPSA’ facilitated the sessions. One of the major agendas of the training was pathways to generate new family planning acceptors with the help of midwives in the community.



Graduation of Midwifery 2nd Batch

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 In 2017, two batches of midwives will begraduating with a 3-year ‘Diploma in Midwifery’. In July, all 163 students (2nd batch A) in five academic sites completed their course requirements. In this connection, all five academic sites (Dhaka urban at Mirpur, FIVDB in Sylhet, GBC-CHP in Mymensingh, LAMB in Dinajpur; and PHD in Khulna) organised colourful graduation ceremonies at their respective academic sites. Health professionals from the locality, midwifery graduates and students, their guardians and faculty members attended the ceremony. Shuriya Begum, Registrar of ‘Bangladesh Nursing & Midwifery Council’, attended the ceremony at the Dhaka site and applauded the initiative.

The outgoing students reminisced about their stay at the dormitory, appreciated the friendly learning environment and the precious moments they have had with juniors andthefaculty members. The 3rdmidwifery batch decorated the venue in honour of their seniors and wished them luck with their work.As a token of appreciation, DMP gave the graduating students stethoscope, digital thermometer, fetoscope, BP machine and measuring tape in a backpack that read “I am Midwife” in Bengali.




Professor Ansar Ahmed’s Inaugural Visit to JPGSPH

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The Pro Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University, Professor Ansar Ahmed visited the James P Grant School of Public Health on 21 June to learn more about the School, the students, and researchers. He also met with key researchers and faculty from the School.

During his visit, Professor Ahmed shared an anecdote of a student who had wanted to study abroad for their postgraduate studies. He tried to apply for a scholarship, but was unsuccessful. When he heard about BRAC University’s School of Public Health, he applied and was successful in securing a scholarship. Now, he could not be happier with his decision to pursue his studies at the School; he feels little regret being unable to go overseas for his studies as he has met fellow students from across the world and has been taught by academics from renowned institutions such as Harvard University, Columbia University, World Bank etc.

Professor Ahmed also thanked the members of JPGSPH for all their endeavours, stating that what is being done at the School in public health is of utmost importance to the country and he thanked all those involved for contributing to the development and making the country’s public health scenario a little bit better.
JPGSPH offers a cutting-edge, internationally acclaimed Master of Public Health programme with scholarships from WHO TDR and BRAC University available for international and national students.



DMP’s Collaboration with BRAC



The final examination of BRAC University’s second batch of midwifery students is complete, with all 163 students passing the exam. For these midwives, the Developing Midwives Project (DMP) initiated advocacy efforts around their ‘internship’ – the Community Engagement of Graduate Midwives (CEGM). This internship provides these young women with exposure to the public healthcare system especially in the under-represented communities.

The DMP team met with staff from BRAC’s Health, Nutrition and Population Programme on 12 June and chalked out a draft plan of how best to place these midwives in their clinics for more hands-on support with the work at the maternal centres. Unique to this year is the inclusion of a two-month clinical segment with four months in a community setting.

Once introduced to local government health offices, the deployed midwives build rapport with the existing maternal care givers, and establish their entry into the public health domain. They interact with midwives coming from other streams, sharpen their learning by employing a hands-on approach, and widen their network of maternal care givers.



Talk on Gender Equality and Family Planning by Lois Quam

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Lois Quam (CEO and President of Pathfinder International) visited the James P Grant School of Public Health on 6 June to conduct a seminar on “Gender Equality and Family Planning”. Speaking to keen practitioners and students of MPH, Ms Quam talked about advancing women's health globally.

For 60 years, Pathfinder has changed the course of history for millions of women around the world. In her talk, Ms Quam reflected on what is happening with women's health, family planning, and gender equality in Bangladesh and other countries where Pathfinder operates. Diving further, she reflected that lack of access to proper maternal health services takes away a woman’s reproductive choices, thus hampering her potential and development as an individual.

Named three times to FORTUNE’s list of the most influential women leaders in business, Lois Quam is an associate on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management.


International Guest Faculty at MPH Course






The Master of Public Health students have been undertaking the health system management module from 28 May – 22 June. The students will gain an understanding of the nature of policy, its processes and contexts in informing health systems.

They were briefly oriented will also gain a brief orientation on the nature of the research in the field of health policy and systems from national and international facilitators including Dr Tim Evans (Senior Director of Nutrition and Population at the World Bank), and Dr Nhan Tran (Manager, Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research, World Health Organization).



JPGSPH MPH Alum in Geneva

 SPH MPH in Geneva


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Thinley Dorji, a graduate from the MPH 12th Batch participated and represented the James P Grant School of Public Health as a TDR Fellow at the TDR International Postgraduate Training Scheme 2nd Technical Meeting 2017.
Held from 31 May – 2 June in Geneva, Switzerland, the technical meeting reviewed the implementation experience of seven universities and finalised the implementation strategy of the next biennium of TDR Scheme and developed core competencies of implementation research.

Mr Dorji, an MPH alum from Bhutan who is currently working as a medical officer for the government in his country, was selected to participate and present his Summative Learning Project cross sectional study on factors associated with nutritional status among Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis (EPTB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In addition to one TDR Fellow from each university, a faculty team from JPGSPH including Professor Malabika Sarker (Principle Lead, TDR Scheme), Dr. Aftab Uddin (Co-Lead, TDR Scheme), and Md Koushik Ahmed (Coordinator, TDR Scheme) participated in the technical meeting that aimed at sharing experiences of the seven implementing universities.
At the meeting, Professor Sarker shared the experience of JPGSPH in implementing the Scheme with the TDR. She argued that one of the challenges was the lack of opportunities and platform for cross-country learning and experience. She also emphasised the need to explore collaboration opportunities across the implementing universities beyond TDR scheme.


The Country's First Midwifery-Led Centre in Dhaka

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A team from the Developing Midwives Project (DMP) visited the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh Hospital in Mirpur, Dhaka to establish the country’s first midwifery-led health centre, where only midwives will extend adequate care and counselling to women in prenatal, delivery, and postnatal stages.

The concept of a midwifery-led care centre evolved around several grounds: it would potentially minimise the mishandling of pregnant women; and sensitise people about new and effective childbirth methods. The initiative is also expected to lessen maternal and neonatal complications while spreading awareness of midwifery in the community setting and helping secure professional credibility for the midwives.

Site assessment for the proposed Centre has been carried out and the DMP team also inspired midwives and midwifery students to engage with people in adjacent communities. Findings show that despite the urban setting, people from low-income groups, especially in the slums and the Bihari community, are devoid of adequate access to skilled birth attendants and harbour misconceptions. The Centre is expected to be helpful for the communities.


Exploring Collaborative Efforts with BRAC


On 8 June, two research teams from JPGSPH presented their projects to representatives from BRAC. Breaking the Shame – towards SRHR education for adolescents in Bangladesh project (led by Farhana Alam, Project Coordinator) and the Digital Sister for the Urban Youth: creating digital platform for sexual and reproductive health and rights information project (led by Bachera Aktar, Project Coordinator) presented information and findings pertaining to their respective projects.

They were joined by Sabina Faiz Rashid (Dean, JPGSPH), Ahmed Mushtaque Reza Chowdhury (Vice Chair, BRAC; Advisor, JPGSPH), Asif Saleh (Senior Director, BRAC), Abdul Bayes (Director, Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC) as well as other representatives from BRAC’s Health, Nutrition and Population Programme, Research and Evaluation Division, and Urban Development Programme. The purpose of this meeting was to find scope for collaboration between BRAC’s Urban Development Programme and the James P Grant School of Public Health with a focus towards research and activities relation to youth and adolescents which has the potential to change the scope of research in the development sector.



Knowledge Fair on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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Share-Net Bangladesh organised a day long Knowledge Fair on SRHR on 3 May at Six Seasons Hotel, Dhaka. At the Fair, Share-Net Bangladesh discussed research findings, lessons learned, policy implications and change in practice of projects and organisations between people working on any issue pertaining to SRHR through interactive sessions. There were three scientific plenary sessions on three major topics of SRHR, which were: child marriage; gender based violence; and menstrual regulation.
Mr Hasanul Haq Inu (Minister of Information, Government of Bangladesh) inaugurated the Knowledge Fair as Chief Guest, emphasising on the importance of issues related to disseminating right based information on SRHR through a knowledge platform. Martine van Hoogstraten (Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands) was the Special Guest in the Knowledge Fair. Karen T’Hooft (Share-Net International Country Coordinator) was also present in the event, discussing the vision of Share-Net through a short presentation. Dr Annie Vestjens (First Secretary, SRHR & Gender, the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands) delivered the closing speech at the event, stating that the Embassy would support Share-Net to work on this vital issue in future.
Almost 300 participants from more than 60 organisations joined the Knowledge Fair. Research findings from different issues of SRHR were also presented through the poster presentations and there was stalls for organisations where they promoted and shared their works.



International Day of the Midwife 2017


International Day of the Midwife (IDM), observed on 5 May every year, offers an opportunity to recognise the contributions midwives make towards the health and wellbeing of a nation. This year, the international theme was ‘Midwives, Mothers & Families: Partners for Life!’

In Dhaka, the Developing Midwives Project (DMP) of JPGSPH joined the Dhaka urban team of Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh hospital to take part in a rally. Following the rally, an open dialogue to exchange views was organised by the Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (in partnership with UNFPA, USAID, BRAC University, Innovations for Poverty Action, Bangladesh Midwifery Society, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, and International Confederation of Midwives). Sardar Abul Kalam (Honourable Additional Secretary, Health Education and Family Welfare Division, MoHFW) was present among other dignitaries from the Government of Bangladesh, private sector, academia, private sector, and mainstream media. At the open dialogue, Subhash Chandra Sarkar (Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) said that the Government will look to absorb 600 midwives in the public health system before the next IDM. This news ushered in a general round of applause.

All seven Academic Sites of DMP located in Mirpur, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Cox’s Bazaar, Dinajpur and Khulna observed the day simultaneously. They invited local government officials and the civil society, organised pop-up health centres for the community people, extended free health checkups, and pre-and postnatal support for the people in their locality.



Speakers’ Forum on Faith, Mental and Emotional Well-Being in Bangladesh




On 20 May, the James P Grant School of Public Health, Georgetown University and Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University organised the fifth Speakers’ Forum on Faith, Mental and Emotional Well-Being in Bangladesh.

The fifth Speakers’ Forum focused on the much over-looked topic of mental health in Bangladesh and the many critical intersections with religious belief and practice. It explored the impact of religious ideas on local etiologies of mental illness and approaches to mental health treatment and stigma reduction.

The Forum commenced with opening remarks by Katherine Marshall (Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown University) and featured a first panel discussion led by Rahul Shidhaye (Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Foundation of India) and Monira Rahman (Founder and Executive Director, Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation). The speakers discussed regional and local perspectives of mental health in South Asia and shared preliminary observations on the role of faith and faith-based practitioners in Bangladesh.

The second panel session engaged faith-inspired approaches to overcome stigma around mental illness with speakers such as Naomi Iwamoto (a Nurse at L’Arche Community, a French-based NGO in Mymensingh) who works with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The panel also had Ashna Chowdhury (Learning & Development Specialist and Founder of Thrive) who merges psychological tools and coaching frameworks to nurture leadership and wellbeing skills such as emotional intelligence, effective communication, and stress-management.




Building scientific writing skills and communication in research



The James P Grant School of Public  Health conducted a  three-day Training of Trainers to orient participants on the basic concepts, approaches, techniques and skills of scientific communication. Held from 14-16 May, the workshop explored the skills and techniques which come into play for the trainers and mentors while providing effective mentoring and supervision in scientific writing situations. Facilitated by Barbara Gastel, a professor of integrative biosciences, humanities in medicine, and biotechnology at Texas A&M University, the workshop attracted development professionals involved in grant proposal writing and those seeking to improve scientific writing skills and communication.




Sharing Knowledge and Experience on JPGSPH With Regional Institutions


Md. Saiful Islam (Assistant Programme Coordinator, MPH) attended the "Erasmus+ regional seminar for Asia" held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 23-25 May. The seminar discussion was mainly focused on European Union-funded programmes which offer opportunities for the mobility of individuals, capacity building, academic collaboration between European and Asian educational institutions, and modernisation of higher education institutions. There were also separate discussion sessions among the participants to exchange and share knowledge and experience about their own institution and programme; Mr Islam shared the information pertaining to JPGSPH and the MPH programme with the seminar participants during one such session. The seminar was organised and funded by the European Union.




Talk on valuable experience from 35 years in the development sector



The James P Grant School of Public Health invited renowned development practitioner Dr Salehuddin Ahmed to deliver a Talk at the School on "35 Years of Learning Experience" on 25 May. Dr Ahmed touched upon the current scenario in Bangladesh and its path moving forward, including the challenges Bangladesh is currently facing. He also discussed about the success factors relating to BRAC.

Dr Salehuddin Ahmed worked with the world’s largest private development organisation, BRAC in different capacities from 1979 until 2004. He also served as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University from 2005 - 2009.




Safe Motherhood Day 2017



Safe Motherhood Day, observed on 28 May, was celebrated this year under the national theme of ‘নিরাপদ প্রসব চাই, স্বাস্থ্য কেন্দ্রে চল যাই’ which can be loosely translated as ‘For safe childbirth, let’s visit health centres’.

To observe the day, seven Academic Sites of Developing Midwives Project (OGSB in Dhaka, FIVDB and Shimantik in Sylhet, GBC-CHP in Mymensingh, HOPE Foundation in Cox’s Bazar, LAMB in Dinajpur, and PHD in Khulna) organised events throughout the day. Following directives from Directorate General of Health Services, they collaborated with local administration, government health professionals and the media in the celebratory efforts. Through popular folk media such as theatre and role plays, mass awareness was built around maternal healthcare and the important role a midwife plays in the life of the mother and the new-born.
In the ‘pop-ups’, final-year students from the Diploma in Midwifery education extended counselling on pre- and post-natal safety, family planning methods, and general wellbeing of the mother and child. Like the small-scale social media campaign carried out for International Day of the Midwife this year, the Developing Midwives Project initiated a similar campaign on Facebook to create mass awareness around midwifery, alongside the Academic Sites and midwives active on social media.



Short Course on Evaluation of Development Programmes

Evaluation of Development Programmes


In recent times, the practice of programme evaluation has developed into its own brand of professional skills. However, the approaches to evaluation remain mostly unchanged. To address this gap, the Centre for Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-Up at the James P Grant School of Public Health conducted a short course on “Evaluation of Development Programmes”. Held from 29-30 April at the BRAC Centre for Development Management at Savar, the course aimed to enhance capacity for evaluation of development programmes simultaneously improving the effectiveness of social sector programmes.

The participants were taught the principles and practice of professional evaluation for development interventions, with an emphasis on policy, programme and project at all levels. The course covered principles and frameworks for defining, establishing, promoting, and managing quality evaluations. It also addressed the commonalities between evaluation, aid effectiveness and national development goals, concepts and types of evaluation, country-led monitoring and evaluation systems, results based management, qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluation, use of evaluation for accountability and learning purposes, and how to manage evaluations.




Flagship Course on Understanding Disability and SRHR: Problems and Implications in Bangladesh

Disability and SRHR


The James P Grant School of Public Health organised a flagship course on Understanding Disability and SRHR: Problems and Implications in Bangladesh from 23-25 April. The course explored how disability and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are understood in Bangladesh, opening the platform for discussion about the importance and limitations of rights, specific to people with disabilities. The course was facilitated by Margrit Shildrick (Professor Emerita of Gender and Knowledge Production Linkoping University, Sweden) and Anita Ghai (School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, India) and attended by researchers, activists and development practitioners from across the country.




Faculty Development Training by an International Midwife

Faculty Development Training by an International Midwife


The Developing Midwives Project organised a faculty development training for new joiners from 25 – 29 April at Hope Foundation Academic Site, Cox’s Bazaar. Jennifer Burns, an international midwife, facilitated the training for 25 teaching staff including Senior Instructors, Instructors, Faculty, Junior Faculty.

During this training, the team practiced 19 types of basic clinical skills related to midwifery (e.g. different levels of counselling, physical examination of expectant mothers, active management of third stage of labour, immediate new-born care, normal delivery, shoulder dystocia, breech delivery, post-partum haemorrhage management, eclampsia /pre-eclampsia management etc.).




Dean of JPGSPH at the Health and Wellness Fair 2017

Health and Wellness Fair


Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid (Dean, JPGSPH) participated in a panel discussion on various psychosocial issues at the Health and Wellness Fair 2017 on 15 April. Organised by Sajida Foundation, the Fair aimed to engage health professionals and the general people in interactive awareness and self-help exercises and sessions with health experts. Professor Rashid was joined by Dr Mehtab Khanam (Professor & Chairperson, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, Dhaka University); Dr Helal Uddin (Assistant Professor Department of Child Adolescent & Family Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health; Secretary General Bangladesh Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health); and Nissim Jan Sajid (Psychological Counselor; Founder, Onward Consultation Services).




Bengali New Year Celebrated

Bengali New Year


Every year, the James P Grant School of Public Health organises a festive programme to mark the occasion of Boishakh (the Bengali New Year). This year, the event was celebrated on 16 April and staff from the School as well as the Master of Public Health students participated in the programme. The School organised a festive event featuring poetry recitation, traditional dance and song, and a dramatic representation capturing the spirit of Pohela Boishakh.

There were five performances by the MPH students which included music, dance and poetry recitation. The international students also took part in the festivities. Students from Nepal Bandana Bhandari, Sadichhya Shrestha and Elawati KC made a dance performance on a Nepali song about rivers and took to the stage fully dressed in their cultural attires. Other students Abhiyan Gautam, Raja Ram Bista, Sandesh Pantha and Saugat Pratap Kc (all from Nepal), sang a popular Nepali song. Saugat also performed a rendition of a Bengali song which he had learned only a month ago during his field trip to Rangpur. Apart from the performances, the students also contributed their own write-up for the wall magazine, including poems and songs.




Workshop on SRHR Education Materials

SRHR Education Materials


The Breaking the Shame project under the Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR) organised a workshop from 3-7 April at Cox’s Bazar. This was held with all partners from the project, including Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), BRAC, and Unite for Body Rights Bangladesh Alliance.

The workshop was organised to select education materials for sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), based on the research findings from the project. These materials will aim to address the unmet needs of adolescents which are currently in the existing SRHR curricula. Text-based website materials and a video was selected to debunk 10 myths and misconceptions around gender and sexuality; a separate curriculum for emotional management was also selected. Moreover, a video for practical skills and use of condoms were also selected. A plan was developed to pilot the education materials in BRAC and UBR settings.



12th Batch Graduates!


The graduation ceremony was held on 24 January 2017 at the Sasakawa Auditorium, icddr,b. Students with outstanding performance received awards:

Allan Rosenfeld Award for Best Academic Performance - Rajat Das Gupta

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Award for Leadership - Rajat Das Gupta

W.B. Greenough III Award for Best Individual High Level Outline - Kusum Wagle and Ahmed Muttasim Billah

Richard Cash Award for best Summative Learning Project Group Poster -
Ayesha Afrin
Mohamed Salieu Jalloh
Nishat Tasnim
Puspita Hossain
Phyoe Yar Zar
Rajat Das Gupta

Our outstanding faculty and terachingwere also honoured:

Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Excellence Award - Dr Stephen P Luby and Professor Tahmeed Ahmed

Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Fellow Award - Mehedi Hasan

The ceremony was attended by notable practitioners in the field of public health, including Professor Sabina Fazi Rashid (Dean, JPGSPH); Professor Tahmeed Ahmed (Senior Director, Nutrition and Clinical Services Division, icddr,b & Professor, JPGSPH) represented Professor John D Clemens (Executive Director, icddr,b) as Special Guest; Chief Guest Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb (Vice Chancellor, BRAC University); Keynote Speaker Dr Richard Cash (Director, Programme on Ethical Issues in International Research, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University and Professor, JPGSPH). The event was chaired by Dr Ahmed Raza Mushtaque Chowdhury (Vice-Chairperson, BRAC & Advisor, JPGSPH).

In his closing remarks, Dr Chowdhury reiterated that “the changes and improvements that are happening in the field of health is because programmes are being scaled up, which has led to the public health impact we have seen. Go back to your countries or in Bangladesh and make interventions available to more people by scaling up".



Promoting and advocating behavioural change and communication in SRHR

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The James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University held a five day daylong course on Behavioural Change and Communication, which ran from 16 – 20 October. The intensive course integrated communication expertise with knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) from experienced national and international coordinators and dedicated experts from RedOrange and CGSRGR, along with their respective organisational partners in the non-profit and profit sectors, creating a powerful combination to create impact on a large scale.

Bangladesh has demonstrated significant improvements in the quality of life for its people in the areas of health, nutrition, education, social safety, poverty reduction, employment, and other social and economic indicators. While Bangladesh has reached milestones in certain areas of development, challenges remain in ensuring gender equality, realising reproductive health rights, and establishing access to services and information for vulnerable communities.

Sexual reproductive health is an established sector in Bangladesh whereby, traditionally the focus has been on issues of menstrual hygiene, family planning, and maternal health care. While these issues are important and remain at the forefront of addressing challenges in the sector, sexual reproductive health and rights have evolved into areas of sexuality, sex and sexual health, and bodily rights. Continuing human rights violations such as child marriage and violence against women are being looked at through the lenses of bodily rights. Similarly, health services for young people are increasingly focusing on removing gatekeepers and social stigma in accessing information and support for sexual reproductive health. Concepts and debates around sexuality are finding themselves in modules and information packs on sex education, broadening the scope of understanding on sexual health.

While the sector is growing and evolving, practitioners often times lack clarity in concepts and definitions around SRHR and especially how to present them in communication materials for local and global audiences. SRHR sector itself focuses on sensitive topics and issues that often require critical thinking and expert knowledge in designing programmes, communication strategies and interventions. Communication in particular is at the heart of programmatic and organisational work whereby strong communication messaging and tools can demonstrate impact at the grassroots as well as tell meaningful stories of change for a wide range of audience to learn from experiences and generate knowledge.

In the light of the current situation in communications and SRHR, Share-Net Bangladesh, a knowledge management platform on SRHR, co-hosted by James P. Grant School of Public Health and RedOrange Communications, a communication agency, has conducted a five-day short course for SRHR practitioners on concepts, tools, and techniques and brief idea on field realities which will enable them to design effective communications for SRHR programming, interventions, and issues.

The course was designed for individuals who are interested in promoting and advocating causes and events related to SRHR. Organisations were identified and Participants of the course were invited through a selection process where several educational and development institutions of Bangladesh were requested to nominate a deserving scholar who will gain knowledge of behaviour change communication.

The course introduced theoretical and practical definitions and concepts around Family Planning, Adolescent SRHR, Vulnerable communities and Violence against women along with practical training on drafting press releases, communication packs, and other materials on sensitive SRHR topics within the cultural context of the country. The course also introduced ways in which behaviour change can be measured to ensure greater impact within communities.

Early marriage and the role of women in Bangladesh

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The James P Grant School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Economics and Social Sciences department at BRAC University, co-hosted a seminar on “Early Marriage: Women’s Life Choices in Bangladesh” on 15th October.

 The seminar aimed to disseminate the findings and reflections on early marriage and discuss the policies, advocacy, and further research necessary for intervention in this critical issue. To read more about JPGSPH's early child marriage research project, Read more 


BLOG: Why Does Child Marriage Happen?


Child Marriage 05 09 2016


Although only 16 years old, Ayesha had already been married for nine months when we met her in the Bhashantek slum in Mirpur, Dhaka. While conducting research for the Preventing Early Child Marriage in Urban Slums project, we spoke to Ayesha to get a better understanding of the reasons behind her decision to marry. This is her story. Read more 

Six-country symposium held on vitality of close-to-community health care providers

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The REACHOUT team at JPGSPH, in collaboration with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, organised a symposium on ‘Strategies for optimizing Close-to-Community Worker Programme for Resilient and Responsive Health Systems’.

The symposium was held on 12 June 2016 at Sasakawa auditorium, icddr,b. REACHOUT is six country, European Union-funded international five-year implementation research project focusing on how close-to-community health services can best be delivered to disadvantaged communities.

Photo, from L-R: Professor Malabika Sarker (JPGSPH); Kingsley Rex Chikaphupha (Research for Equity and Community Health Trust); Dr Mohsin Sidat (Eduardo Mondlane University); Dr Daniel Datiko (REACH Ethiopia); Dr Sudirman Nasir (Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology); Robinson Njoroge Karuga (LVCT Health Kenya); Dr Mahfuza Rifat (JPGSPH); Professor Sally Theobald (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)


Dialogue on Universal Health Coverage in Bangladesh organised by JPGSPH 



The Centre of Excellence for Universal Health Coverage (CoE-UHC) at the James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University organised a dialogue to discuss the current momentum and initiatives for facilitating Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Bangladesh on 28 May 2016, at BRAC Centre.

The movement towards achieving UHC is gaining momentum in Bangladesh following its endorsement as one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to mobilise and consolidate stakeholder efforts in both public and private sectors in Bangladesh, CoE-UHC brought key stakeholders and development partners together.

Renowned public health and social development practitioners of Bangladesh contributed on the knowledge on how to proceed further with UHC in Bangladesh, and share their respective initiatives on UHC so that duplication and overlapping can be minimised to ensure maximum impact on public health.

JPGSPH Founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed celebrates 80th birthday

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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC and BRAC University celebrated his milestone 80th birthday on 27th April. Sir Fazle’s vision to improve the lives of the rural poor led to his pioneering approach to development interventions which have benefitted the lives of millions globally.

The James P Grant School of Public Health has embraced Sir Fazle’s vision, pledging to train and develop the next generation of public health leaders and experts who will contribute to transforming the public health sector in Bangladesh and other countries.

On behalf of JPGSPH, we wish Sir Fazle Hasan Abed a very happy birthday, thanking him for his lifelong campaign to improving the lives of the marginalised across the world.

Vast improvement in the food security situation of Bangladesh since 2011

Report launching


The National Food Security Nutritional Surveillance Project (FSNSP) launched the report, “State of Food Security and Nutrition in Bangladesh: 2014” on 27 March 2016. It was found that the proportion of households who report food insecurity have fallen from over two-thirds of households in 2011 to less than a quarter of households in 2014.

Other notable results are that the proportion of pregnant women who are so thin as to increase the risk for their unborn child, has come down by five percentage points, from 23 percent in 2013 to 18 percent in 2014, while the proportion of stunted children has remained at the same rate as a little over one-third of children.

Mr M. A. Mannan MP, State Minister of Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning attended the launch as the chief guest. Ms Kaniz Fatema, Secretary, Statistics and Informatics Division, Ministry of Planning and Mr Gonzalo Serrano, First Secretary, European Union to Bangladesh were present as special guests.

The project was implemented jointly by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Planning, JPGSPH, and Helen Keller International – Bangladesh, and funded by the European Union. The project 

was being implemented country wide since 2010 and provided seasonal data on the country as a whole and targeted to six agro ecological zones of the country.

Workshop on Use of Sociometry, Sociodrama and Psychodrama in Public Health Education

Public Health Education


The Professional Skills Training Centre at the James P Grant School of Public Health organised a two-day workshop on “Use of Sociometry, Sociodrama and Psychodrama in Public Health Education, Research and Awareness” from 24-25 February 2016.

Psychodrama is a group therapeutic process where an individual’s portrayal of stress, sufferings, pain, and trauma can be enacted to explore a solution in a group so that both the person and the group can heal themselves effectively. It facilitates also insight and personal growth, and increases physical and emotional wellbeing through action.

The workshop was facilitated by Professor Herb Propper, a Trainer Educator Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, certified by the American Board of Examiners. Dr Propper is also a 2009 Fulbright Scholar to Bangladesh and he received the President's Award for his efforts in introducing psychodrama and sociometry in Bangladesh in 2010.

A highly interactive workshop, participants were exposed to action and sharing with group psychotherapy.

We mourn the loss of Dr Farah Mahjabeen Ahmed

Farah Mahjabeen AhmedThe James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University mourns the passing of Dr Farah Mahjabeen Ahmed, a former Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Continuing Education Programme at the School. Dr Ahmed passed away on 25th February 2016 at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.

Dr Ahmed was a medical doctor, who earned her Masters in Health Services Management from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. She also served in the Directorate of Family Planning, Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh.

On behalf of JPGSPH, we offer our deepest condolences to her bereaved family.

James P Grant School of Public Health hosts the 11th Graduates Forum

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The James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University hosted the “Graduates Forum” on 21 January 2016. In this forum, students from the 11th batch of the MPH programme presented their final projects.

Students with outstanding performance received awards, including:

  • Allan Rosenfeld Award for Best Academic Performance: Carly Annabelle Comins
  • Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Award for Leadership: Hlaing Wai Wai Phyo
  • W.B. Greenough III Award for Best Individual High Level Outline (HLO): Khalisa Afroze
  • Richard Cash Award for best SLP Group Poster: 

Nusrat Nausheen Khandker

Sarjana Ahmed

Md. Mahiul Bidat Chowdhury

Shekhar Ranjan Saha

Abhinav Bassi

  • Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Excellence Award: Dr Richard Cash
  • Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Fellow Award: Syed Imran Ahmed 

The forum was attended by notable practitioners in the field of public health, including the Special Guest Professor John D Clemens, Executive Director, icddr,b; Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury, Vice-Chairperson, BRAC & Advisor, JPGSPH; and Dr AM Zakir Hussain, former Director, Primary Health Care & Disease Control, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) & Regional Advisor, Environmental Health & Climate Change South-East Asian Regional Office, WHO (Retd.) delivered the keynote address.

In his speech, the Chief Guest, Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University outlined the three key aspects required to ensure the success of a university, “knowledge generation; knowledge dissemination; and knowledge application”. Professor Andaleeb also reiterated that “excellence is a journey, and it is pursued by those who do the rights things and those who do things right”.

Representatives from the 11th batch of MPH students also shared their experiences in undertaking a degree at JPGSPH. 

We mourn the loss of Dr Mahabub Hossain (1945–2016)

Mahbub Hossain

The James P Grant School of Public Health mourns the passing of Dr Mahabub Hossain, chairperson of BRAC University’s department of economics and social science and former advisor to the executive director of BRAC. Dr Hossain passed away on 3 January 2016 at 2 AM (Bangladesh time) at Cleveland Clinic, USA.

Dr Hossain was an internationally renowned development economist and researcher. During his distinguished career, he has worked for BRAC, BRAC University, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Philippines, and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

Dr Hossain was the first recipient of the Gold Medal from the Bangladesh Agricultural Economist Association (in 1985) in recognition of outstanding contribution to understanding the operation of rural economy in Bangladesh.

On behalf of JPGSPH, we offer our deepest condolences to his bereaved family.

Universal Health Coverage Day celebrated


The James P Grant School of Public Health celebrated the second Universal Health Coverage day on 12th December 2015.

A rally was organised to celebrate the day on this year’s theme “Health for All: Right. Smart. Overdue”. Participants carried placards bearing slogans which reflected this theme, including “Health for All is a right, not a privilege”, “Universal Health Coverage - every person, everywhere, has access to quality healthcare without financial hardship”, and “No one should go bankrupt when they get sick”.

On 12 December 2012, the United Nations endorsed a resolution urging all countries to provide universal access to healthcare to their citizens without financial hardship. To commemorate this resolution, Universal Health Coverage day is celebrated annually on 12th December, in solidarity for health for all, everywhere.

JPGSPH congratulates MPH graduates!


BRAC University celebrated the 10th Convocation of the University on 5th November at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The Honourable President of Bangladesh and Chancellor, BRAC University Md Abdul Hamid presided over the ceremony, delivering the opening speech at the convocation. In his address, President Hamid urged the country’s universities to “play an integral role in inspiring the young generation of students to maintain the tradition of communal harmony in the country”.

The James P Grant School of Public Health’s 10th batch of Masters of Public Health programme graduates were in attendance to receive their degrees.

Addressing key issues and importance of mental health


For the first time, the James P Grant School of Public Health observed “World Mental Health Day” to highlight the importance of mental health and well-being in Bangladesh. The day was observed by hosting a seminar in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health, Bangladesh (NIMH,B) on 15 October 2015. In line with this year’s theme, “Dignity in Mental Health”, the seminar aimed to foster conversations about mental health in public health practice in Bangladesh.

Dr Malabika Sarker, Acting Dean, JPGSPH inaugurated the event, highlighting the importance of mental health in Bangladesh. Dr Helal Uddin Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Child Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, NIMH,B presented the magnitude of mental health problem in the country, but the resources are limited in Bangladesh; only 210 psychiatrists are serving a nation of over 160 million despite 1 out of 6 person suffering from any form of mental disorder. Adding to Dr Ahmed’s remarks, Dr M M Jalal Uddin, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital, Bangladesh said a multidisciplinary approach should be needed to promote mental health.

Shahana Siddiqui, Project Coordinator, JPGSPH said the language around mental health and well-being has to be changed. We have to learn how to stop stigmatising each other when emotionally affected or suffering mentally. We must break the silence of stigma and taboo around mental illness. Mohammad Didar Hossain, Senior Research Associate, JPGSPH, highlighted the burden of mental disorders is high in Bangladesh, yet a largely unrecognised and under-researched area. Mental health services are concentrated around tertiary care hospitals in big cities and absent in primary care. To improve the mental health services in Bangladesh, he emphasised the need for well-designed epidemiological and clinical research.

Issues on gender, sexuality and rights at the forefront of short course

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The Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Continuing Education programme organised a flagship short course on 'Gender and SRHR' from 6-10 September 2015.

The short course endeavoured to push the boundaries of realising sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Bangladesh through conceptual clarity on gender, sexuality, public health and rights. The course provided a unique opportunity to participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of how to respond to sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, which includes addressing gender and sexuality.

The flagship course aimed to build critical awareness among practitioners, activists, researchers, journalists and policy makers so that they can have a comprehensive understanding of SRHR. The course also stimulated critical thinking and reflection on sexuality, gender, sexual and reproductive health rights.

The future of public health education and the critical role played by public health leaders

Dr Musa

BRAC's executive director, Dr Mohammad Musa visited JPGSPH on 8 September to present a seminar on “Contextual changes anticipated in Bangladesh in the next 10 - 15 years and role of Public Health Leaders”.

Dr Musa talked about how, in Bangladesh, on-going demographic transitions are likely to result in continued increase in the country’s overall population, with rapid increase in urban residents causing enormous strain on ‘carrying capacities’ of our cities and towns, disproportionate growth in young population, and gradually expanding ageing population.
The event was attended by the current batch of MPH students and JPGSPH staff.

Looking beyond medicine – is a new, holistic approach to public health possible?

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Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest Challenges” – the theme of this year’s annual week-long Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF). Held from 25 June – 4 July in the city of Aspen, Colorado (United States), this initiative of The Aspen Institute commenced with its Spotlight Health segment where speakers and participants actively engage with each other to explore new frontiers in public health. This unique enterprise focuses on leading issues in the field of public health from Ebola, climate change, and genetically modified organisms, to cancer, personalised medicine, and death with dignity.

Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, the dean of BRAC University’s James P Grant School of Public Health was invited to participate as a speaker at the special session on Behavior Change: The Blockbuster Drug of the 21st Century, alongside Dr Kevin Vigilante, Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton and Professor Howard Koh, a professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. 

During the session, the speakers were asked questions pertaining to modern day challenges in the arena of public health. In one instance, Professor Rashid relayed an anecdote on how she became involved in public health in the development sector, surmising that her experience of working in rural communities led her to the understanding that “at a very practical basic level, we are all very similar in terms of how we think about love, life – poor people are as pragmatic as the privileged, except they have many limitations in their choices”. She reiterated the point that there ought to be a fundamental understanding of the human dimension in public health, looking at people as more than ‘patients’ or ‘case studies’; a holistic and comprehensive approach to public health is crucial because oftentimes medicine is ‘over-emphasised’, and this exposes one of the dangers of a narrow approach to understanding public health.

To truly make a difference in the field of public health and develop future public health leaders, it is crucial that individuals working in this arena understand that the real world is about partnerships – at the community level all the way to the government and international level. Equally important is how we understand health, and its particular meaning to individuals and communities; issues surrounding public health must be de-stigmatised and de-shamed so that there is a platform whereby these issues can be discussed much more openly by both rural and urban communities. Thus, there needs to be a paradigm shift in how we understand health and what it means to individuals and communities, transforming from the ‘disease model’ to the ‘well being model’.

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Learning and Experience Sharing from AIDS Impact Conference

Biannually, global experts working on behavioral and psychosocial science come together at the AIDS Impact conference to share research, findings, and experiences on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care for communities and countries affected the hardest by the epidemic. The conference aims to go beyond the bio-medical realm and highlight practices and research in psychosocial and behavioral change, prevention work, and community and policy-level changes that are contributing in combating against HIV/AIDS.

This year, Share-Net International, Dutch supported global knowledge network on sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR), partnered with a number of leading SRHR-focused organisations to organise a session on HIV and SRHR integration a reality at the conference. The conference took place at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 28 -31 July, 2015. The session brought together policymakers, global practitioners and researchers to present on ways in which HIV preventive and intervening work can be better aligned within greater SRHR initiatives and approaches both at the international and national levels.

Share-Net Bangladesh team members attended the AIDS Impact Conference with fellow Share-Net Burundi, Netherlands and International colleagues to support this important session and to highlight the importance of transforming knowledge to policy at the global level. Share-Net Bangladesh coordinator Shahana Siddiqui from the Centre for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University and Arnob Chakrabarty, Managing Director of partner organisation Red Orange Communications and co-project lead for Share-Net Bangladesh, attended the conference.

The Bangladesh team was able participate at various plenary sessions including those on mental health and HIV, advocacy around HIV for young people, children living with HIV, and HIV integration in larger SRHR programming. The Share-Net Bangladesh team also promoted the work being done on SRHR in Bangladesh, especially the web platform allowing for SRHR practitioners to connect and upload their content. The conference also allowed for the Share-Net global team to have a comprehensive meet up to go over operational issues as well as strategic planning for the different country knowledge hubs. This coordination among the country hubs and the Share-Net International teams allow for greater collaboration in areas of exchanging experiences in areas of capacity building in research and programming among the facilitation teams.

As well as distributing and networking with many of the participants at the conference, Siddiqui also brought back relevant communication and policy briefs from various organisations and initiatives working on HIV and SRHR. These materials will be available for referral use at the upcoming CGSRHR library/resource centre.

James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University celebrates 10 years of excellence in public health education

10 Year Celebration

The James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University (JPGSPH) celebrated its 10 year anniversary this week.

Since its inception, JPGSPH has strived towards becoming a leading public health teaching and research institute in Bangladesh over the last decade, committed to training the next generation of public health specialists.
The celebrations commenced on 2 August at the main JPGSPH campus in Mohakhali with a cultural programme performed by the current batch of students undertaking the Masters of Public Health at the School. This was followed by a concert by popular Bengali band Shunno.
The festivities continued with a formal reception held on 4 August at BRAC Centre. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (Founder & Chairperson, BRAC), Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, (Vice Chancellor, BRAC University), Dr John Clemens, (Executive Director, icddr,b) shared the vision behind establishing JPGSPH, the School’s contribution to public health education and research in Bangladesh and the future of public health education in Bangladesh.
The event was attended by Md. Abdul Aziz, Director (Admin), NIPORT; Edouard Beigbeder, Country Representative, UNICEF; Timothy Evans, Senior Director (Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice), World Bank Group; Carol Henry, Assistant Dean (Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Saskatchewan; Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development; Ian Lapp, Associate Dean (Strategic Educational Initiatives), Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Quazi Suraiya Sultana, Executive Director, RHSTEP; as well as other noted dignitaries from government and international organizations.

Call for TDR International Postgraduate Scholarship for JPGSPH MPH Academic Year 2016-2017

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Published on June 15, 2015

James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University is accepting applications for WHO TDR International Post Graduate Training Scheme (TIPS) for its 12th batch of Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme beginning in January 2016.

The scheme, which is provided by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases based at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, provides full scholarship. Only applicants from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) of WHO South-East Asia and West Pacific regions are eligible to apply.

The training will be focused on courses relevant to a career in implementation research. Implementation research is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them, and is particularly useful in low- and middle- income countries where many health interventions do not research those who need them the most. The goal of this scheme is to enhance graduate training capacity and boost the number of researchers in low and middle- income countries. Further information on implementation research is available at .

Ten (10) scholarships will be offered for the 2016-2017 academic year in Master of Public Health Programme. The Programme is taught in English.

Recipients will be enrolled as postgraduate students, and their careers will be tracked with the new TDR Global alumni and stakeholder platform that will be launched in the next year, providing ongoing monitoring of the impact of the programme, as well as networking and increased visibility opportunities for students.

As per the requirement of the Programme, TDR fellows will be required to conduct a six month research on implementation issues in the home country following graduation.

Eligibility for the Scholarship

  • Nationals/Residents from low- and middle income countries ( of WHO South-East Asia and West Pacific regions.
  • Applicants should normally be under 35 years of age for TIPS
  • Meet the following standard University requirements 

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor and/or Masters degree(s) in social sciences including public health, medicine, nursing, midwifery, health sciences or equivalent disciplines
  • Excellent academic track record with GPA 3.0 or above
  • Proficiency in oral and written English and Mathematics is important

The scholarship covers:

  • One return economy airfare between the home country of the student and Bangladesh;
  • Tuition fees and a basic medical and accident insurance;
  • Allowance toward recommended learning materials (e.g. text-books, laptop)
  • Support for Summative Learning Project (SLP);
  • English language course and cultural competence to improve integration in the MPH Programme and overall learning environment of JPGSPH;
  • Monthly stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to local living cost.

 Applying for TIPS at JPGSPH

Students must submit their online applications for MPH Programme at JPGSPH from ( ).

 Deadlines: Tentative dates are as follows:

Date the call for applications is posted on line                            June 15, 2015

Deadline for application                                                              August 31, 2015

Short listing of eligible candidates for assessment                   September 10, 2015


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for assessment. Qualified candidates will be asked for viva. Finally selected students will be required to confirm acceptance of the offer submitting a Statement of Undertaking as per the regulation of BRAC University.

Application deadline: August 31, 2015 

For more information on the scheme at JPGSPH, please contact: 


Md. Saiful Islam

Senior Programme Officer

James P. Grant School of Public Health

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Phone: +880-2-9827501 - 4 Extension - 6034


Md Koushik Ahmed

Deputy Programme Coordinator

James P. Grant School of public Health

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JPGSPH selected to host international postgraduate training scheme

The James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University has been selected to host an international postgraduate training scheme for Masters of Public Health (MPH) Programme providing full scholarship to up to ten of students each year. The training will be focused on implementation research, which supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them. 

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, has provided the award. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where it is co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO. 

JPGSPH, BRAC University is one of seven universities from low- and middle-income countries that have been selected to manage these grants. There are three universities in Africa, two in Asia and one each in Latin America and the Middle East. Each will serve students from their regions. 

The new overall plan will provide up to USD 13 million in support for over 200 PhD and Masters degree students in the next four years. The grants are available to students from low- and middle-income countries. The goal is to enhance graduate training capacity and boost the number of researchers in these countries, and provide regional support through these universities and the Regional Training Centres supported by TDR. 

TDR Director John Reeder says, “This is a sea change for us. We are moving from managing individual training grants from Geneva to strengthening ongoing programmes at major universities in disease-endemic countries, where the work needs to take place.” 

Grant applications will be released on June 105, 2015 for the coming academic year 2016-2017.Recipients will be enrolled as postgraduate students, and their careers will be tracked with the new TDR Global alumni and stakeholder platform that will be launched in the next year, providing ongoing monitoring of the impact of the programme, as well as networking and increased visibility opportunities for students. 

The universities selected

Of the 49 applications submitted, seven were selected for site visits and approved for funding. Each university is expected to manage around 5-10 postgraduate fellowships supported by TDR each year.

In addition to JPGSPH, the other 6 grantee institutions are:

1. Universidad de Antioquia, National School of Public Health, Colombia

2. University of Ghana, School of Public Health, Ghana

3. Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

4. American University of Beirut, Faculty of Health Sciences, Lebanon

5. University of Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, South Africa

6. University of Zambia, Department of Public Health, Zambia

For more information at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, 

contact: Md Koushik Ahmed ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For more information about the overall TDR grant programme, contact Olumide Ogundahunsi ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 About TDR

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.

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  1. The James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University has been highlighted in an article featured in Sunday's (10 May) "Prothom Alo".

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Share-Net Bangladesh Demonstration Workshop and Soft Launch

The coordinators of Share-Net conducted its soft launch on 20 April and introduced the URL address for the site to the Resource Group members. The hands-on workshop provided the members with opportunity to learn how to navigate the site. Participants were taught how to navigate through the different pages, the e-library contents, and how to sign-up online as a member and create their profile. The coordinators emphasized the need for communication and collaboration between members to ensure dynamism and sustainability of the site.


Share-Net Bangladesh is the first comprehensive knowledge network dedicated to sexual reproductive health rights. It is being implemented by the Centre for Gender, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR) at the James P. Grant School of Public Health (BRAC University) and social communications agency, RedOrange Communications). The platform aims to connect various practitioners in the field of sexual reproductive health to create an online community of mutual support and knowledge sharing.

Short course successfully organised

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The James P Grant School of Public Health conducted a short course on "Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Synthesis of Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence" from 18-19 April. The aim of this two days course was to develop participants’ understanding of systematic reviews by doing an evidence synthesis, so that they will be able to produce systematic reviews, including the processes of question formulation, searching, data extraction and data synthesis. We will introduce the purpose and processes of systematic reviews of both quantitative and qualitative research evidence.

The course introduced types of primary research studies that are commonly included in systematic reviews to understand enough the processes of reviewing to appraise an existing systematic review. This course drew on practical examples and the lecturers’ own experiences of conducting systematic reviews of both qualitative and quantitative research. It was conducted by Dr Ruth Garside and Dr Kate Flemming. 

BHW report launch


The Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW) report 2014 was launched on 10 April 2015. This year’s report is titled “Urban Health Scenario: Looking Beyond 2015”. The event was held at Radisson Blu Water Garden. Prof Malabika Sarker, Acting Dean of James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University presented the key findings from the report.

Special guests at the event included Prof Nazrul Islam, Honorary Chairman of Centre for Urban Studies, and Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre and Former Advisor, Caretaker Government of Bangladesh also commented on the report. The chief guest, Mr Dhiraj Kumar Nath, Former Secretary to Government of Bangladesh, made the concluding remarks and formally released the report. The launching ceremony was attended by a large audience of policy makers and professionals.

This was the fifth report of the Bangladesh Health Watch and issues pertaining to urban health and its governance are discussed in a total of five articles commissioned by the Secretariat. BHW was established in 2006 as a civil society initiative to monitor the progress of good health for all in Bangladesh. The earlier reports covered areas such as health equity (2007), health human resources (2008), governance of the health sector (2009-10) and moving towards universal health coverage (2011-2012).


A paper co-written by Professor Malabika Sarker, acting dean of James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, has been published in the Tropical Medicine and International Health journal. Please find the link to the paper.

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Professor Syed Masud Ahmed at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University has been selected as a member of the editorial board of Heliyon, an open access journal. You can visit the online site at


A pilot distance learning course will be launched on Sexual and Reproductive Health, in collaboration with TARSHI. The pilot will commence mid-April. The e-learning course has been developed by TARSHI and will cover basic concepts related to sexuality, and gender. The modules and exercises will allow for those who have been working in these areas to review their current ideas and concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality, as well as provide the opportunity for beginners to develop a solid knowledge of these concepts. A total of 50 participants, selected from different public health schools, health organisations, NGOs, partner organisations, and undergraduate students will be awarded a 100 per cent waiver on their course fee as the James P Grant School of Public Health will grant USD 3,400 to TARSHI as part of USAID’s Next Generation of Public Health Experts Project (NGPHEP). 

Graduate Forum held at JPGSPH

The ninth Graduate Forum ceremony of the James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) at the BRAC Institute of Global Health, BRAC University, was held on January 23, 2014 at Sasakawa Auditorium, icddr,b, Dhaka on the occasion of the successful completion of the ninth MPH Programme.graduiate forum group
The Graduate Forum marks the end of our year-long master of public health programme which began in January of last year. It is a day of celebration for the students, the faculty and the school. Professor Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University was present on the occasion as the Chief Guest with Dr. Sadia Afroze Chowdhury, Executive Director of the BRAC Institute of Global Health (BIGH) as the chair. Dr. John Clemens, Executive Director of icddr,b and Yvette N. Malcioln, Family Welfare Team Leader of USAID/ Bangladesh were also present as Special guests. Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Professor and Dean, JPGSPH spoke on MPH programme. In this forum, five graduating students made presentations based on their dissertations and students with outstanding performance received awards.

Awards for the students were:

  1. Allan Rosenfield Award for Best Overall Performance: Md. Zabir Hasan
  2. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Award for Leadership: Tapas Mazumder
  3. W.B. Greenough III Award for Best Dissertation: Megan Lee Mueller
  4. Richard Cash Award for Best Poster: Bivek Adhikari
  5. Richard Cash Award for Best Poster: Pradeep Kumar Shrestha
  6. Richard Cash Award for Best Poster: Md. Noor-E-Alam

Awards for Faculties and Teaching Fellows:

  1. Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Excellence Award: Dr. Stephen P Luby
  2. Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Fellow Award: Herfina Nababan

Total 54 students have passed this year among which 24 were international and 30 were national students.
Vice Chancellor Professor Ainun Nishat congratulated the MPH graduates saying that the MPH degree is not the end of their study, rather it is the beginning. He suggested that everyone should be well-aware of the current global health debates to meet the post-MDG challenges. He hoped that the graduates would apply their knowledge and contribute in the development of their respective countries.
Master of Public Health (MPH) is the flagship programme of the James P Grant School of Public Health, an internationally renowned institution for public health education and research. Since its inception in 2004, more than 300 students with diverse academic backgrounds, representing almost 23 different countries across the globe, have graduated from JPGSPH. 

Sir Abed visits Community-based Midwifery Diploma Program in Sylhet

 The BRAC founder and Chair, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, visited Community-based Midwifery Diploma Program offered by the Department of Midwifery, BRAC Institute of Global Health (BIGH), BRAC University, on 09 November, 2013. He was accompanied by Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Vice Chair, BRAC, Mr. Faruque Ahmed, Executive Director, BRAC International Programmes and Dr. Kaosar Afsana, Director, BRAC Health, Nutrition and Population Programme. In addition, Ismat Bhuiya, Director of Midwifery Program and other midwifery program personnel represented BIGH during the visit. It was a special day for the 60 first-year Diploma in Midwifery students enrolled in the three-year Diploma in Midwifery program which is run in partnership with Shimantik and Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) in Sylhet. The high-profile visit was intended to further strengthen the links between BRAC and the BIGH on the innovative educational initiative of the Community-based Midwifery Diploma Program (CMDP), being implemented by the Department of Midwifery at the BIGH in partnership with six Implementing Partner Organizations with financial support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and technical support from Jhpiego, the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). The visit offered an opportunity for students to directly interact with Sir Abed and the senior executives of BRAC. Sir Abed discussed with the students about the modules covered in their curriculum, health systems, community health and the role of midwives, nutrition, antenatal care and birth preparedness, childbirth and immediate newborn care, breastfeeding and postnatal care, among others. He encouraged the students to work hard to yield improvements in the field of maternal and newborn health.  

CMDP celebrates Midwifery Open School 2013 across six regions

The first annual Midwifery Open School 2013 was celebrated across the region on 21 September 2013 with the financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The Community-based Midwifery Diploma Program (CMDP) is being implemented by the Department of Midwifery at BRAC Institute of Global Health, BRAC University in collaboration with six Implementing Partner Organizations (IPOs) at Cox’s Bazar, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mymensingh and Sylhet.
The CMDP is designed to recruit students from remote and underserved areas with high maternal and neonatal health needs, build their capacity through a 3-year Diploma in Midwifery program and deploy midwives in their respective communities upon graduation. A total of 180 students were recruited from nearly 70 underserved upazilas. The program aims to improve the health status of communities by contributing to the reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality and to increase coverage of quality maternal and neonatal health services through the development of competent and compassionate community-based midwives who live and practice in underserved rural and urban areas.
The Midwifery Open School, the first of its kind, is a day-long knowledge-sharing advocacy event organized by the Department of Midwifery at the BRAC Institute of Global Health (BIGH), BRAC University in the underserved communities in Cox’s Bazar, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mymensingh and Sylhet where the Diploma in Midwifery program is currently being offered. The Midwifery Open School aims to:
1. Promote midwifery as a discipline by sharing knowledge gained by students with members of the community
2. Promote midwifery as a profession by showcasing their potential to contribute to maternal and newborn health
3. Increase deployment prospects of midwives who will be graduating from the program by introducing them to a network of potential employers
The event was attended by over 900 participants across the six IPO sites, which include the Garo-Baptist Convention- Christian Health Project (GBC-CHP) in Haluaghat, Mymensingh, Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB),Khadim nagar and Shimantik in Sylhet, Hope Foundation for Women and Children in Cox’s Bazar, LAMB in Parbatipur, Dinajpur and Partners in Health and Development (PHD) in Khulna.
Participants included the 180 first-year students of the Diploma in Midwifery program, over 40 faculty ( doctors, nurse-midwives and preceptors) based at the IPOs, officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Education, the local government faculty from the local governmental medical and nursing colleges, members of the Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh, representatives from national and international NGOs, Family Welfare Visitors, Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), Community Skilled Birth Attendants (CSBAs), parents and guardians of students, media representatives, and representatives from BRAC and BRAC University.
The programming included speeches by the Chief Guests, self-introductions, students making oral presentations on modules such as Basic Communication and Health Care Skills for Midwives, Antenatal Care and Birth Preparedness and Reflective Midwifery Practice which involved students gaining learning experience through community and clinical placements and poster presentations on the 10 modules covered so far in Semester-I and Semester-II of the Diploma in Midwifery program. The Diploma in Midwifery program was launched by BRAC University in partnership with six Implementing Partner Organizations on January 28, 2013.

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Mirak receives ‘Nepal Bidhya Bhusan’ award

Mirak Raj Angdembe, a student of the eighth batch of MPH at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, recently received "Nepal Bidhya Bhusan" award, a state honor for academic excellence in Nepal. President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav conferred the medal to Mirak along with others on the occasion of the National Education Day and the International Literacy Day, on 08 September 2013. Students of higher education received the Nepal Vidya Bhushan at a function organized at the office of President, Sheetal Niwas.mirak-award small

Earlier Mirak received Chancellor’s Gold Medal at BRAC University for the year 2013 for his outstanding academic performance at masters level. Professor Alauddin Ahmed, adviser to the prime minister on education, social development and political affairs, hands over the medal to Mirak in the 8th convocation of BRAC University at Bangabandhu Conference Centre on 17 February, 2013. Mirak scored CGPA 4.00 in the scale of 4. 


MPH students visit government hospital and NGO clinics

 Under ‘Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights’ course students undertakes a one day field visit to tertiary level hospitals and Non

srhr-field-visit-Government Organizations providing reproductive and maternal health services. The objective of this field visit was to understand the quality of care of existing maternal and reproductive health services from different perspectives such as perspective of beneficiaries, providers and clients.
The other specific objective was to investigate the difference between services provided by government tertiary hospitals and non-government organizations. The field visits included Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh Medical College and Smiling Sun Clinic at Aftabnagar.
Students visited RHSTEP centre, Fistula Ward and Uterine Prolapse Ward and Emergency Obstetric Care centre at Dhaka Medical College. At Bangladesh Medical College, students visited both outdoor and indoor gynae and emergency care services. Similarly at Smiling Sun Clinic students investigated maternal health services that are provided to the clients. Through interview with the clients, service provider and care provider (relatives of patients) students have grasped perceptions of different stakeholders with particular emphasis on supply side and demand side dynamics of reproductive and maternal health services. They have also come up with a comprehensive understanding on how private-public partnership operates in giving reproductive and maternal health services to clients in the context of a low-income country. 

MPH students make poster presentation vibrant in PHN course

Under the Public Health Nutrition course, MPH students participated in a vibrant poster presentation on 11 September 2013 on different aspects of nutrition as a requirement of the course. The objective of this poster presentation was to make students look at one selected aspects of nutrition critically and to present their own way of looking visually.
The nutrition issues on which students have touched upon in their posters include vitamin D deficiency, food safety in Bangladesh, pellagra, vitamin A deficiency, folic acid and neural tube development, food fortification, obesity, PMTCT, RUTF, mainstreaming nutrition, climate change and food security, kwashiorkor, zinc deficiency, nutrition-sensitive interventions, nutrition in social safety nets in Bangladesh.
In order to facilitate in-depth research and make the posters lucrative, students were divided into groups consisting of four members each. The poster presentation of each group is followed by an open question answer session. Facilitated by the course coordinator, Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed, the question answer session brings light to new ideas and discussion put forward by the students.


  1. MPH students visit old homes
  2. JPGSPH staffs offer warm welcome to Dr. Sadia
  3. JPGSPH bids farewell to Timothy G. Evans
  4. Innovative financing for social protection in health in low-income settings in Asia
  5. 36 awarded MPH this year
  6. Mirak receives Chancellor’s Gold Medal 2013
  7. Three-year Diploma in Midwifery Begins
  8. Tanahashi Round highlights supply and demand bottlenecks
  9. Course on Monitoring and Evaluation for Malaria Program Managers
  10. JPGSPH hosts GDLN meeting in Dhaka to share knowledge