Newsletter from

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

April - June 2022 | Issue 2

In the news

Professor Syed Masud Ahmed ranks #2 among Bangladeshi top Scientists in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities


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Admission for international Master of Public Health at BRAC JPGSPH is on-going

 

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Admission going on in 3-year Diploma in Midwifery Programme (DMP)

 

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স্বাধীনতার পঞ্চাশ বছর: বাংলাদেশের স্বাস্থ্য খাতের বিকাশ

Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW) Published a book on the progress of the country’s health sector in the last 50 years

 

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BRAC JPGSPH Dean Dr Sabina Faiz Rashid now a Visiting Scientist & Andelot Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

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Associate Dean Professor Malabika Sarker invited to the Climate Change and Pandemics Symposium on the 60th Jubilee of Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


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BRAC JPGSPH shares research findings of Youth with Disabilities project in the presence of State Minister for Social Welfare

 

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Seminar on ‘Population Health Informatics Hub in Bangladesh’ with City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

 

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This year, 7 of our researchers are starting their PhD journey
Hear about their experience at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health


Education

| Creating leaders for the 21st century

Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme at BRAC JPGSPH is a one-year full-time international programme that offers transformative public health learning to develop next-generation public health leaders for 21st century public health challenges. The locus of the MPH programme is its experiential community immersive teaching through rigorous urban and rural fieldwork.

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Graduates from 34 Countries Since 2005

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Experiential Urban and Rural Field Sites in 13 Districts including sites of BRAC, GoB, Damien Foundation, and Wateraid

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International Visiting Faculty

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National Faculty and Practitioners

The 18th cohort with 32 national and international students from 10 countries around the world is currently completing their MPH programme. To facilitate learning in the post COVID-19 era, in May the School launched a blended teaching and learning platform by adopting advanced technological infrastructure for the MPH programme. The main goal is to strengthen both offline and online communication between faculty and students. To make the classroom more interactive and engaging, the School ensured strong video communication between faculty, students and the course teaching team through cutting-edge video and audio recording and broadcasting system.

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Words from our faculty

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“The MPH program at BRAC JPGPSH offers the unique opportunity to learn ‘real-world-‘ public health from a diverse group of students and academics who have all demonstrated leadership roles within the health sector in their own countries and globally”.

Dr Nusrat Homaira

MBBS, MPH, PhD
Senior Lecturer and NHMRC Early Career Fellow, School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW Medicine & Health, Randwick Clinical Campus, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health
Respiratory Researcher, Sydney Children’s Hospital
Adjunct Faculty, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health.

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“The BRAC JPGSPH MPH provides the foundational skills for a productive career in public health. It is a remarkably diverse and engaged learning community.”

DR STEPHEN P LUBY

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Associate Dean for Global Health Research, Stanford University, USA and Adjunct Faculty, BRAC JPGSPH

Meet our global MPH alumni network

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"It is impressive how BRAC JPGSPH quickly adapted to the online delivery of its MPH programme in the pandemic, managing students and faculties of different time zones, all striving towards one goal: get as close as possible to the experiential learning that makes the programme so unique, even if it is online."

Rifat-Ues-Sayeed

11th Batch
Reproductive Health Commodity Security Consultant, UNFPA

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"BRAC JPG has a community based learning so all that we got from the field was the best experience in my life. We went to different districts of Bangladesh and got lots of field experience. Those visits were much needed for me to know about life and my research."

Pramilla Shresta

14th Batch
Technical Officer, WHO

About our scholarships

Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) Scholarships


For applicants based on academic merit and public health experience in neglected tropical disease from low-and-middle income countries in WHO Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Regions.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Scholarships


For national applicants only.

Amena Azfar & Hurmatunnessa Rob Scholarship


For meritorious and socio-economically disadvantaged national female applicants only.

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Diploma in Midwifery Programme (DMP)

Diploma in Midwifery Programme (DMP), funded by DFID, is a 3-year diploma in midwifery with the objective to reduce maternal-neonatal mortality and morbidity in Bangladesh. Currently, 317 students from the 7th and 8th batches of DMP are continuing studying, doing clinical practices at the health facilities and attending exams at the academic site. Besides, 195 graduate Midwives of 6th batch acquired their formal licenses to become registered midwives and are now doing internships for six months. 180 midwives from our alumni are serving at the Rohingya Refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

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Students Enrolled in the Midwifery Programme since inception

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Graduates in Midwifery Professions since inception

200

Students received Financial Aid to attend Midwifery Education

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Midwives successfully graduated from the 6th batch in January 2022

DMP updates between April-June 2022

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Dissemination seminar on "A decade of Midwifery in Bangladesh” with Government and British High Commission

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Developing Midwives Project (DMP) observes the International Day of the Midwife 2022

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Team from International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) under the Midwifery Education Accreditation Programme (MEAP) visits BRAC JPGSPH for onsite verification:

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Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh HE Anne Van Leeuwen visits the Midwifery Programme of BRAC JPGSPH

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TRAINING

| Centre for Professional Skills Development in Public Health (CPSD)

The School’s international training hub established in 2007, Centre for Professional Skills Development in Public Health (CPSD) strengthens and upgrades the requisite professional skills utilised by practitioners, policymakers, development partners, government officials, public advocates, faculty, researchers and frontline health workers.

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Skills Building Seminars and Workshops since inception

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Global Facilitators since inception

7250+

Professionals Trained since inception

Training updates between April - June 2022

15 Skills building training and workshops have been conducted. Some key updates -

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A Two-day Short Course on Introduction to R

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The WHO Package of Essential Noncommunicable Diseases (PEN) training conducted by the Centre for Non-communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN) in Cox’s Bazar

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Training Course on Quasi-Experimental Methods for Policy Evaluation

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Training on the Quantitative Data Collection for ClimHB project

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ARISE Training on Participatory Action Research Methods

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Countering Backlash Reclaiming Gender Justice Workshop

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RESEARCH

| Bringing Evidence to Practice

The School's Five Centres of Excellence and a Humanitarian Research Hub (2018) aim to investigate pressing and emerging public health issues to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations.

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Research Projects since 2005

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COVID-19 Research Projects since 2020

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Peer-Reviewed Publications since inception

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Global and Local Partners and Networks

5 Research Centres of Excellence and a Humanitarian Hub

Research updates between April - June 2022

36 Research projects conduced by the 5 Research Centres of Excellence and a Humanitarian Hub. Some key updates -

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Provision of services to conduct an analysis of nutrition education and SBCC interventions, investment portfolio and document best practices in the IFAD Asia and the Pacific (APR) region

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Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity

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Community-led Responsive and Effective Urban Health Systems (CHORUS)

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Implementation research in health campaign effectiveness: A retrospective study in immunization related campaign integration in Bangladesh (HCE)

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Assessment of the nutrition status and pre-COVID-19 and two years into the pandemic comparison

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Research Collaboration on Technology, Equity and the Right to Health: New business model for Pharmaceutical R&D in Global South

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Peer-reviewed publications between April - June 2022

19 peer-reviewed articles, authored and co-authored by researchers at the School, have been published in international journals. Some key updates -

COVID-19 and the fear of other unknowns: challenges and lessons learned from a digital contact tracing activity in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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Implementation of a community-based referral project to improve access to emergency obstetric and newborn care in Rohingya population during COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh

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Maternal and neonatal peripartum factors associated with late initiation of breast feeding in Bangladesh: a secondary analysis

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The Role of the Private Sector in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences From Four Health Systems

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The Implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Bangladesh: Challenges and Lessons Learned from a Cross-Sectional Qualitative Study

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Feasibility of establishing a core set of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health indicators in humanitarian settings: results from a multi-methods assessment in Bangladesh

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ADVOCACY

| To Influence Programmes and Policies

BRAC JPGSPH believes in advocating to impact programme design and policies, closely engaging with government, key stakeholders (i.e., non-government organisations, international agencies), civil society and donors to push agendas of national and global importance. All research evidence undertaken by the School have to influence policy and programmes as part of their key mandate.

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Advocacy-based Events with Multi-Stakeholder Engagements since inception

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Webinars since 2020

200+

News Articles and 32 New Blogs Posted since April 2020

Advocacy updates between April - June 2022

Over 50 Active engagements to influence policy and programme. Some key updates -

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Dissemination Event: ‘COVID-19 Gendered Risks, Impact & Responses: Research and Policy Guidance in Bangladesh’

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Webinar: Reimagining Digital health for SRHR equity in Bangladesh

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Short Documentary: Responding to COVID-19 in informal urban settlements: Experience of ARISE Bangladesh

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Webinar - "Older Adults' Vaccination: Why Is Vaccination Even More Crucial for the Most Vulnerable Subgroups?"

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SoNAR Global partners’ consortium meeting in Paris: BRAC JPGSPH researchers presented their final work

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Dean Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid invited to speak at the Annual Symposium of Harvard University’s Mittal Institute: 75 Years of the Making of Modern South Asia

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Dissemination Event: Impact of COVID-19 on Education of Children with Disabilities during school closures in the sub-districts of Bangladesh

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Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW): A civil society network housed at BRAC JPGSPH

Established in 2006, Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW), a multi-stakeholder civil society advocacy and monitoring network is dedicated to improving the health system in Bangladesh through a critical review of policies, programmes and recommendation of appropriate actions for change. BRAC JPGSPH serves as the Secretariat for BHW, since its inception.

Activities to Create Awareness between April-June 2022

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A series of ‘One hour Human Chain’ organised at Regional Chapters of BHW

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Citizen's Voice

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Certificate awarding ceremony of short courses held at Brac University auditorium

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BHW and Unnayan Shammannay jointly organised two Pre-budget National Dialogue

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BHW and Unnayan Shammannay jointly organised a Post-Budget National Dialogue webinar

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BHW COVID Research Repository

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