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Nazia Islam

Learning, Evaluation and Documentation Specialist

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

Short Biography

Nazia Islam has been working in JPGSPH as a Learning, Evaluation and Documentation Specialist in a multi-country project named "Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity (ARISE)" since July 2022. She has over ten years of experience working in the development sector. Her areas of interest and expertise include policy and implementation research; project planning and management; and evidence-based policy advocacy in the public health, nutrition, and broader development arena. Her skill also includes project monitoring and evaluation; and process documentation. Nazia has completed her Bachelor's and Master's in Pharmacy from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and holds another Master’s in Global Health from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. She is a Commonwealth Alumni and is officially involved in the Commonwealth Mentorship Programme, 2022-2023. Furthermore, she has also served as a teaching fellow in Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Introduction to Public Health and Health Systems Management modules in the MPH Programme at JPGSPH.

Module(s) taught (in MPH)

  • MPH 501: Introduction to Public Health
  • MPH 530: Health Systems Management
  • MPH 660: Gender
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Current Projects

Project: Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity (ARISE)
Donor: GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund); UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Role: Learning, Evaluation and Documentation Specialist

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Swarna, N.R., Anjum, I., Hamid, N.N., Rabbi, G.A., Islam, T., Evana, E.T., Islam, N., Rayhan, M.I., Morshed, K.A.M. and Miah, A.S.M.J.. (2022). Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the informal sector workers in Bangladesh. PloS one, 17(3), p.e0266014.

2. Bente Kamal Tune, S. N., Hoque, R., Naher, N., Islam, N., Islam, M., & Ahmed, S. M. (2020). Health, illness and healthcare-seeking behaviour of the street dwellers of Dhaka City, Bangladesh: Qualitative exploratory study. BMJ Open 2020;10:e035663. 

3. Todd, C. S., Chowdhury, Z., Mahmud, Z., Islam, N., Shabnam, S., Parvin, M., & Sanghvi, T. (2019). Maternal nutrition intervention and maternal complications in 4 districts of Bangladesh: a nested cross-sectional study. PLoS Medicine, 16(10), e1002927. 

Other Publications

1. Psychosocial support during Covid-19: Can CHWs be a low-cost alternative?. (2021). The Daily Star. Link:

2. Impact of Covid-19 on Essential Health Services in Bangladesh: A Rapid Assessment. (2020). BRAC. Link:

3. 11th National Election: Peoples's Aspiration to the New Government. (2018). BRAC. Link:

4. সুখী মানুষের দেশে. (2016). The Daily Star. Link:ভ্রমণ/সুখী-মানুষের-দেশে-76622?fbclid=IwAR0xXP_nNZsf0J-rJMLW1N2gIPFq3tbradjW-PcNf5EibJ3ER-NhX3QKcuE

Research Interests

Health Policy Health System Urban Health Sexual and Reproductive Health Child and Maternal Health Nutrition Universal Health Coverage Health Equity Humanitarian Crisis WASH Mental Health Rational Drug Use COVID-19 Resilience Social Safety Net Marginalised Community etc.


  • MPH (Global Health) (University of Nottingham
  • UK) MPharm (University of Dhaka
  • Bangladesh) BPharm (University of Dhaka
  • Bangladesh)