BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) NEWSLETTER
This newsletter covers activities between January-March 2022
| Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme & Diploma in Midwifery Programme (DMP)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme at BRAC JPGSPH is a one-year full-time 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. Since its inception in 2005, there have been over 604 MPH graduates from 34 countries.
Senior Lecturer, Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA; Professor and Course Coordinator, Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Assistant Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
MPH 1st Cohort, Bangladesh
Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh
MPH 6th Cohort, Afghanistan
Research fellow, University of Technology Sydney
MPH 10th Cohort, India
Health Officer, UNICEF
MPH 11th Cohort, Pakistan
Programme/Data Analyst, World Health Organization
MPH 14th Cohort, Sierra Leone
One Health Officer, Directorate of Health Security and Emergencies, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
MPH 14th Cohort, Yemen
Reproductive Health Coordinator, UNFPA
Graduates from 34 Countries Since 2005
Experiential Urban and Rural Field Sites in 13 Districts in including sites of BRAC, GoB, Damien Foundation, icddr,b, and Wateraid
International Visiting Faculty
National Faculty and Practitioners
Diploma in Midwifery Programme (DMP) started its journey for developing competent and compassionate midwives side by side with the Government in 2012. This innovative educational initiative, which is co-funded by the UK government and BRAC, is the first of its kind in the private sector of Bangladesh. The Dhaka academic site was relocated from Mirpur to Adabor in December 2021 and started its regular academic activities. 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 now are doing internships for six months. The education team has also continued preparatory studies both for internal and annual public examination of first and 2nd-year for 7th and 8th batch students. The faculty took model test exams for preparation purposes.
Date: 20-23 January 2022
Date: 11-12 February 2022
Students Enrolled in the Midwifery Programme since inception
Graduates in Midwifery Professions since inception
Students received Financial Aid to attend Midwifery Education
Midwives are serving at the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar
| 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.
Skills Building Training and Workshops between January-March 2022
Date: 18 January 2022
Date: Cumilla- 8 Feb; Chittagong- 14 Feb; Sylhet- 22 Feb; Narayanganj-28 Feb 2022
Date: 28 February-3 March & 13 March 2022
Date: 6 March 2022
Date: 14 March – 13 April, 2022
Training Activities (2022)
Training Activities (2021)
Skills Building Seminars and Workshops since inception
Global Facilitators since inception
Professionals Trained since inception
| 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.
A project funded by The World Bank and in partnership with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh.
A project funded by and in partnership with the Task Force for Global Health with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A project funded by Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UK; and in partnership with, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds; University of York, ARK Foundation, Bangladesh; HERD International, Nepal; University of Nigeria; University of Ghana.
A project funded by Guttmacher Institute (GI).
A project funded by Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and UK Research and Innovation; and in partnership with Institution Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK; Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK Slum and Shack Dwellers’ International (SDI); The George Institute for Global Health, India; College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Sierra Leone; Urban Research Centre (SLURC), Njala University, Sierra Leone.
A project funded by Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), UK and in partnership with BRAC.
Date: January 2022
Date: 11 January 2022
Date: 9 February 2022
Date: 10 February 2022
Date: 2 March 2022
Date: 2 March 2022
Research Projects since 2005
COVID-19 Research Projects since 2020
Peer-Reviewed Publications since inception
Global and Local Partners and Networks
| 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.
Activity to create awareness between January-March 2022
Date: 24 January 2022
Date: 26-27 January 2022
Date: 10 March 2022
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. Amongst the working group members, The School representatives include the Dean, the Founding Dean and the Director of Centre for Health Systems Research.
Activity to Create Awareness between January-March 2022
BHW conducted planning meetings in 5 districts. BHW Convener also paid a visit to Kurigram district, on 13-14 March 2022, to monitor the Regional Chapter activities NGOs and youth forums.
Access Citizen's Voice created by BHW where people can raise their voices and concerns related to health services. In collaboration with access to information (a2i), Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Bloodman.
Access the repository initiated by BHW with the aim to house all COVID-19 related research done in Bangladesh, which is a credible source of information and accessible to all. BRAC JPGSPH serves as the Secretariat for BHW since its inception in 2006.
Read the articles that explored and discussed how much of a threat the Omicron variant of the coronavirus may hold for Bangladesh and what we measures can help lessen its effects.
Date: 14 January 2022
Dr Abu Jamil Faisel, one of the working group members of Bangladesh Health Watch(BHW) was interviewed, about the corona wave, by Prothom Alo.
Date: 7 February 2022
This article by Dr AM Zakir Hussain, Working Group Member of BHW, discusses how vaccines work in boosting our immunity.
Date: 26 February 2022
Advocacy-based Events with Multi-Stakeholder Engagements since inception
Webinars since 2020
News Articles and 32 New Blogs Posted since April 2020
Blogs (2020 onwards)
Advocacy To Influence Programmes & Policies
(2021 & 2022)