Farhana ALAM 
Assistant Director, Center of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR) 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farhana Alam 

Farhana Alam completed her MPH degree from North South University, specializing in Epidemiology. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. Farhana started working at the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health in December 2014 as a USAID Fellow in Go4Health project where she has done qualitative research which aimed for the goals for global health and governance, funded by the EU. She was also involved in developing the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a treaty that would build on the post-2015 SDGs, momentum on universal health coverage, and more. She also worked in the Nuffic project, funded by the government of the Netherlands on capacity development on gender and SRHR through curriculum reform, short courses, training and research. She coordinated 3-year long implementation research project “Breaking the Shame” funded by NWO-WOTRO which looked into SRHR educational tools in Bangladesh. Under this project, she has been involved in developing several innovative educational and advocacy material for young people to debunk myths and misconceptions and create a better understanding on gender and SRHR concepts.

 

Farhana, along with her colleague Saad khan published a photo narrative book titled “Untold Desires” based on the research findings from the project titled “Exploring Sexuality of People with Physical Disability” funded by Share-net international. She also led a research funded by the same organization which focused on single working women in Dhaka and made a documentary on this. 

 

Currently working as Assistant Director of Centre for Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the School, Farhana’s work includes managing several projects which include research, training and advocacy around gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights issues. 

 

She is coordinating an advocacy project titled “Strengthening Voices and Capacities for Addressing Gender-based Violence” which aims to address the over-arching goal of reducing gender-based violence (GBV) prevalent in Bangladesh’s society through building capacity, disseminating knowledge, sensitizing individuals and creating voices among young people.  This project is funded by CREA (India). 

 

She is coordinating the qualitative research part (Bangladesh) of the mixed methods longitudinal research and evaluation study “Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)” project (2015-2024) funded by UK AID where BRAC-JPGSPH is working in collaboration with BIGD. She is working in the project “Disrupting cross border trafficking in Jashore” as the PI of the research. Funded by The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and led by BRAC, School is the research partner for this project. Farhana is also coordinating longitudinal research project MFAAR-Asia (2019-2024) focused on ensuring the inclusion of marginalized population in Asia through an innovative global partnership funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The main aim is to mobilize participatory and policy-relevant research,capacity-building, and training to advance inclusion in low-, middle- (LMIC) and high-income countries (India, Thailand, Bangladesh and Hong Kong) with different rights, religions and political systems. BRAC- JPGSPH is leading the Bangladesh part of this project. 

 

Farhana coordinates and teaches the “Anthropological Approaches to Public Health” module for MPH program at the School with Prof. Sabina Rashid. 

 

 

Farhana Alam joined the James P Grant School of Public Health in December 2014 as a USAID Fellow in Go4Health project. Under this project she has done qualitative research which aimed for the goals for global health and governance, funded by the EU. She was also involved in developing the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a treaty that would build on the post-2015 SDGs, momentum on universal health coverage, and more. After that she worked as a Senior Research Associate in the Nuffic project, funded by the government of the Netherlands on capacity development on gender and SRHR through curriculum reform, short courses, training and research.

 

Currently she is working as a Project Coordinator for the “Breaking the Shame” project funded by NWO-WOTRO. She is coordinating the qualitative research which is looking into SRHR educational tools in Bangladesh, to explore and bridge the existing gaps and challenges.

She is also working on a project which focuses on Disability and SRHR, where participants will visually document their realities and thoughts around body and desire through photo voice. It is funded by Share-Net International.

 

She completed her MPH degree from North South University, specialising in Epidemiology. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.