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 -
Mohamed Salieu Jalloh
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".
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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:
Nusrat Nausheen Khandker
Md. Mahiul Bidat Chowdhury
Shekhar Ranjan Saha
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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 www.who.int/tdr/publications/topics/ir-toolkit/en/ .
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
The scholarship covers:
Applying for TIPS at JPGSPH
Students must submit their online applications for MPH Programme at JPGSPH from ( http://sph.bracu.ac.bd/index.php/mph/admission/forms/97-education/222-admissioniframe ).
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
Phone: +880-2-9827501 - 4 Extension - 6034
Md Koushik Ahmed
Deputy Programme Coordinator
James P. Grant School of public Health
Phone: +880-2-9827501 - 4 Extension - 6015
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,
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.
Read more about the TDR scheme: http://www.who.int/tdr/news/2015/7_universities_selected/en/
TDR website: http://www.who.int/tdr/en
TDR research capacity strengthening programmes: http://www.who.int/tdr/capacity/en/
More on TDR Global:http://www.who.int/tdr/news/2015/networking-opport-develpd/en/
You may also find the article here: http://www.prothom-alo.com/education/article/523714/
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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.
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.
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.
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 http://blog.heliyon.com/.
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).
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.
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:
Awards for Faculties and Teaching Fellows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Under ‘Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights’ course students undertakes a one day field visit to tertiary level hospitals and Non
-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.
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.