March 2022 | Issue 1

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) NEWSLETTER


Under the leadership of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG, BRAC JPGSPH was founded in 2004 to address the unmet public health challenges particular to Asia, Africa, and South America. Since inception, the access that BRAC JPGSPH has to BRAC’s fieldwork and facilities provides its students with a very unique learning experience. BRAC field operations in communities offer a dynamic and diverse learning laboratory for Master of Public Health (MPH) students. Research partnership with BRAC allows BRAC JPGSPH to contribute to evidence to inform BRAC’s programmes and policies. The School is committed to the full realisation of Sir Fazle's dream of ensuring that all developing country health professionals receive a quality degree and contribute to making a difference in their homelands.


In BRAC’s 50 years celebration, BRAC JPGSPH is proud to be a part of the journey.


50 Years of igniting hope, from Bangladesh to the world.


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This newsletter covers activities between January-March 2022

Key Highlights of 2022 (January-March)

Education


Master of Public Health Programme (MPH) & Diploma in Midwifery Programme (DMP)

18th Master of Public Health (MPH) Cohort:
13
International and 19 National Students


Developing Midwives Project (DMP):
121
Students Enrolled and 197 Graduated in 2022

Training


Centre for Professional Skills Development in Public Health (CPSD)

10 Skills Building Seminars and Workshops

221+ Professionals Trained

Research


Bringing Evidence to Practice

5 Research Centres of Excellence and a Humanitarian Hub
33 Multi-Country Research Projects (January-March)

21 Peer-Reviewed Publications (January-March)

Advocacy


To Influence Programmes and Policies

28 Active Engagements with Stakeholders to Influence Programmes and Policies

9 News Articles and Blogs Published

IN THE NEWS

International Conference on COVID-19, 2022: Learning from the COVID Pandemic for the Future of Healthcare Systems in Low and Middle-income Countries (LMICs)


On January 19th, 20th, and 21st BRAC JPGSPH and Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW) jointly hosted the conference which brought together experts from 18 countries around the globe to discuss, debate and document the experiences with COVID-19 pandemic including emerging variants such as the Delta variant across LMICs.

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Compendium: ‘Social Sciences and COVID-19: The Southeast Asia Response.’ BRAC JPGSPH Research Working Group Represents Bangladesh


The Global Development Network (GDN) and the Asia Research Centre (ARC UI) at Universitas Indonesia joined together to mobilise a group of social scientists in 11 countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Selima Sara Kabir, Assistant Research Coordinator contributed to this compendium from BRAC JPGSPH.

Date: 28 February 2022

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Access the Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW) Report 2020-21 ‘COVID-19 in Bangladesh: The First Two Years and Looking Ahead’


Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW) organised the BHW report 2020-2021 launching event on 15th March 2022 at BRAC Centre Inn. The report title is, "Covid-19 in Bangladesh: The First Two Years and Looking Ahead".

Date: 15 March 2022

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Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid participates and speaks on Future Public Health in the ‘Association of Schools & Programmes of Public Health (ASPPH) Annual Meeting’


Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean, BRAC JPGSPH was a panellist in the session titled, ‘Social Determinants, Data, and Decision-Making’, during the 2022 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Annual Meeting held on 22-24 March 2022.

Date: 22-24 March 2022

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Developing Midwives Project (DMP) launched ‘Developing Midwives: Ten years of learning’ at the ‘A Decade of Midwifery in Bangladesh’ Seminar


The event was organised by the Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) of the Government of Bangladesh, the British High Commission in Bangladesh, BRAC JPGSPH, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); to reflect on the progress of midwifery in the country over the past decade.

Read the full report as it captures the lessons that predominantly reflect the efforts of BRAC JPGSPH and its partners in the Developing Midwives Project in Bangladesh.

Date: 30 March 2022

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Beyond Emasculation: Pleasure and Power in the Making of Hijra in Bangladesh: A Virtual Seminar with Adnan Hossain


In this event, Dr Adnan Hossain discussed the centrality of desire and the various local, transregional, and transnational manoeuvres across and between ideas of masculinities and femininities that inform the complex formations of Hijra subject position and culture in Bangladesh through his exciting new ethnography ‘Beyond Emasculation: Pleasure and Power in the Making of Hijra in Bangladesh’ published with Cambridge University Press in 2021

Date: 26 January 2022

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Symposium: Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) in Bangladesh: Progress made and way-forward at the 9th Regional Public Health Conference


The Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN), BRAC JPGSPH hosted a session at the conference titled "NCD in Bangladesh: Progress Made and Way Forward" at the 9th Regional Public Health Conference which was conducted at Bangladesh university of health science (BUHS). The Faculty of Public Health at Bangladesh University of Health Sciences organised the conference, which was sponsored by the Directorate General of Medical Education, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Date: 25-26 February 2022

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BRAC JPGSPH presents at the satellite session on ‘Global Health Education: Innovations from South Asia’ of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference 2022


BRAC JPGSPH, Asian University for Women (AUW) and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)-Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) presented at the satellite session of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference 2022, the systemic challenges to their Public Health Curricula in the interrelated areas of course structure and underskilled faculty with weak professional development systems.

Date: 25 March 2022

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The three institutions also hosted a Virtual National Symposium in January 2022.

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Announcements


Professor Atonu Rabbani, Mushtaque Chowdhury Chair in Health and Poverty and Dr Mritika Barua, Assistant Professor, have been selected as the Chair and Co-Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at BRAC JPGSPH by the Senior Management Committee (SMC) of the School, effective from 1 February 2022.


Education

| 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.

18TH MPH COHORT ONLINE CLASS OF 2022 (January-March)


10 Countries around the world

13 International and 19 National Students

4 Modules Completed Online between January-March 2022

  • MPH-501: Introduction to Public Health
  • MPH 512: Anthropological Approaches to Public Health
  • MPH 531: Health Economics & Health Care Financing
  • MPH 522: Epidemiology
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HIGHLIGHTS

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"Teaching in the online MPH Programme at BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University has been an excellent experience. The support staff has been very creative and innovative in adapting to this new approach to learning.”

Dr Richard A. Cash

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

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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."

Dr Mrittika Barua

Assistant Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

SNAPSHOTS OF GLOBAL MPH ALUMNI NETWORK

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Mohammad Abdus Salam Khan

MPH 1st Cohort, Bangladesh
Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh

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Sabera Turkmani

MPH 6th Cohort, Afghanistan
Research fellow, University of Technology Sydney

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Sarita Verma

MPH 10th Cohort, India
Health Officer, UNICEF

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Nasrullah Naich

MPH 11th Cohort, Pakistan
Programme/Data Analyst, World Health Organization

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Lily Anna Miatta Kainwo

MPH 14th Cohort, Sierra Leone
One Health Officer, Directorate of Health Security and Emergencies, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone

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Wagdi Ali Mohammed Mohsen

MPH 14th Cohort, Yemen
Reproductive Health Coordinator, UNFPA

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BRAC JPGSPH featured as One of the Top Six Public Health Schools in the region by World Health Organization in 2007

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In 2020 the School was featured by Johns Hopkins University's newsletter as one of the Top Schools in the Region

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604

Graduates from 34 Countries Since 2005

40

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

13

International Visiting Faculty

98

National Faculty and Practitioners

DIPLOMA IN MIDWIFERY PROGRAMME (DMP): ONLINE 2021

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.

317 Students from 7th and 8th batches of the Midwifery programme are continuing with their studies

197 Midwives successfully graduated from the 6th batch in January 2022

DMP Activities between January-March 2022

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Former DMP Student selected as the President of Bangladesh Midwifery Society (BMS)

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Election Campaign of Leaders including the leadership training

Date: 20-23 January 2022

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DMP Participated the Virtual 30th International Scientific Conference 2022 of Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB)

Date: 11-12 February 2022

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1374

Students Enrolled in the Midwifery Programme since inception

1030

Graduates in Midwifery Professions since inception

200

Students received Financial Aid to attend Midwifery Education

137

Midwives are serving at the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar

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.

10 Skills building training and workshops conducted between January-March 2022

HIGHLIGHTS

Skills Building Training and Workshops between January-March 2022

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Stakeholder Workshop: ‘Implementation Research in Health Campaign Effectiveness: A Retrospective Study in Immunization Related Campaign Integration in Bangladesh’ for 'Health Campaign Effectiveness (HCE)' project

Date: 18 January 2022

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‘Community Engagement Stakeholder Dialogues’ under 'SoNAR Global' project

Date: Cumilla- 8 Feb; Chittagong- 14 Feb; Sylhet- 22 Feb; Narayanganj-28 Feb 2022

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‘Deductive Analysis and GIS Mapping Peer Researcher Training’ under the 'Youth Futures Research in Bangladesh' project

Date: 28 February-3 March & 13 March 2022

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‘Advocacy Through Art: Gender-Based Art in the Context of Bangladesh’ under 'Our Voices Our Futures' project

Date: 6 March 2022

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Short Course Titled ‘Equity for Accessing Healthcare Services’ by BRAC JPGSPH and BHW

Date: 14 March – 13 April, 2022

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Workshop on Fundamentals of Qualitative Research: Thinking Qualitatively

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CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (CPSD) AIMS TO PROVIDE


  • Practical skill based training to address relevant public health priorities and needs
  • Codesign critical competencies for professional trainings to ensure relevant capabilities are developed
  • Interactive teaching and learning
  • Innovative tools for in-person, field-based and online learning
  • Participant centred learning to promote critical thinking
  • Immersive learning by visits to field sites rural urban communities, health facilities (public, NGOs, private) and organisations (public, NGOs, private)
  • Diverse expert facilitators: practitioners, policy makers and multi sectoral actors (i.e., government, NGOs, INGOs, civil society, private sector)
  • Solution oriented thinking to address practical ‘Real World’ challenges

Training Activities (2022)

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Training Activities (2021)

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238+

Skills Building Seminars and Workshops since inception

321+

Global Facilitators since inception

7021+

Professionals Trained since inception

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.

33 Multi-Country Research Projects in January-March 2022

5 Research Centres of Excellence and a Humanitarian Hub

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The Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (CGSRHR)

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The Centre of Excellence for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage (CoE-HS&UHC)

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The Centre of Excellence for Urban Equity and Health (CUEH)

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The Centre of Excellence for the Science of Implementation and Scale-Up (CoE-SISU)

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The Centre of Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN)

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Humanitarian Research Hub

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RESEARCH AT THE SCHOOL FOCUSES ON


  • Investigating pressing and emerging public health issues to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations
  • A team of 231 faculty and researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and professions
  • Dedicated five centres of excellence and humanitarian research hub with a proven track record and in-depth insights
  • Transforming evidence into action for change
  • Combining grounded research and analysis to inform government, key stakeholders (i.e., non-governmental organisations, international agencies), civil society and donors
  • Extensive global and national partnerships and networks
  • Providing evidence to support programmes and policies nationally and globally

RECENT RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Feasibility of Implementing Trauma Registry and Trauma Systems Improvement Programme in Four District Hospitals of Bangladesh with High Road Traffic Injury (RTI) Burden

A project funded by The World Bank and in partnership with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh.

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Implementation Research in Health Campaign Effectiveness: A Retrospective Study in Immunization Related Campaign Integration in Bangladesh

A project funded by and in partnership with the Task Force for Global Health with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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

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.

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Menstrual Regulation, Abortion and Post-Abortion Care among the Rohingya in Bangladesh

A project funded by Guttmacher Institute (GI).

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Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity

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.

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Disrupting Cross Border Trafficking in Jessore, Bangladesh

A project funded by Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), UK and in partnership with BRAC.

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21 Peer-Reviewed Publications between January-March 2022

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS HIGHLIGHTS

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Rational Habit Formation: Experimental Evidence from Handwashing in India

Date: January 2022

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Exploring the Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Lived Experiences of Frontline Health Workers in the times of COVID-19 : A Qualitative Study from Bangladesh

Date: 11 January 2022

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An Overview of Progress Towards Implementation of Solid Waste Management Policies in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Date: 9 February 2022

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Consent Requirements for Testing Health Policies: An Intercontinental Comparison of Expert Opinions

Date: 10 February 2022

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Comment on Gender Equality and COVID-19 published in The Lancet | Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid one of the authors

Date: 2 March 2022

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Food Environments and Obesity: A Geospatial Analysis of the South Asia Biobank, Income and Sex Inequalities

Date: 2 March 2022

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  • Peer-Reviewed Publications (2021 & 2022)

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  • COVID-19 Research Briefs

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228+

Research Projects since 2005

45

COVID-19 Research Projects since 2020

789+

Peer-Reviewed Publications since inception

122+

Global and Local Partners and Networks

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.

28+ Active engagements between January-March 2022

HIGHLIGHTS

Activity to create awareness between January-March 2022

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Webinar: Decolonising Global Health: What does it mean for Asia? | Hosted by SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute

Date: 24 January 2022

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Centre of Excellence for Non-communicable Diseases and Nutrition (CNCDN) contributes in the 1st National NCDs Conference, Bangladesh

Date: 26-27 January 2022

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Community-led Responsive and Effective Urban Health Systems (CHORUS): 2nd Consultation Workshop with Health Policymakers

Date: 10 March 2022

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National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) accepts Pictorial Booklet developed by BRAC JPGSPH as ‘Supplementary Resource Material (SRM)’

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LSTM Podcast Series 1 | Episode 4: Remote community GIS mapping: Lessons from informal settlements in Bangladesh

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Photo Narrative: Perceptions of Substance Abuse in Urban Slums

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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. 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

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Regional Chapters

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.

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Citizen's Voice

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.

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BHW COVID Research Repository

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.

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Opinion: It’s omicron. So, what to do?

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

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Interview: ‘করোনায় তৃতীয় ঢেউয়ের চূড়া পেরিয়েছে বাংলাদেশ (Bangladesh has crossed the peak of third wave of COVID-19)’

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

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Opinion: Vaccination and immunity

This article by Dr AM Zakir Hussain, Working Group Member of BHW, discusses how vaccines work in boosting our immunity.

Date: 26 February 2022

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THE SCHOOL'S AIM IS TO CONTINUALLY ENGAGE IN TRANSLATING RESEARCH EVIDENCE TO INFORM PROGRAMME AND POLICY INTERVENTIONS


  • Active engagement and creating change to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged populations
  • Continual stakeholder engagement with government, key stakeholders (i.e, non-governmental organisations, international agencies), Civil society and donors
  • Strong networks of partnerships for advocacy: global, regional and national
  • To impact on programme design and policies
262+

Advocacy-based Events with Multi-Stakeholder Engagements since inception

51+

Webinars since 2020

171+

News Articles and 32 New Blogs Posted since April 2020

Blogs (2020 onwards)

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Advocacy To Influence Programmes & Policies
(2021 & 2022)

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