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Dhanista Chakma

Senior Research Assistant

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

Short Biography

Dhanista Chakma is a Senior Research Assistant at JPGSPH. She had completed her graduation and post-graduation from the University of Dhaka in Health Economics. She is skilled in conceptualizing and conducting both qualitative and quantitative research. Her current research project is on structurally silenced women in Bangladesh. Previously she worked at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (Bigd) and evaluated COVID-19 emergency research projects of BRAC - Hygiene and Behaviour Change Collation (HBCC), Community Fort for Resisting COVID-19 (CFRC), also contributed to Consultation of COVID-19 Learning, Evidence and Research (CLEAR) for Bangladesh: Education study.

Current Projects

1. Project: Our Voice, Our Futures
Donor: CREA
Role: Senior Research Assistant

Other Publications

1. Confronting the Upcoming Wave: Community Fort for Resisting COVID-19 (CFRC) Initiative and the Quality Mask (2022). BIGD Blogs.

2. Stories from the Field: Is Masking a Communication Barrier for Conducting Qualitative Interviews? (2022). BIGD Blogs - stories from the field.

Research Interests

Gender Social Epidemiology Infectious Diseases Child and Maternal Health Mental Health Sexual and Reproductive Health Masculinity Digital Health and Health System.


  • MSS (University of Dhaka)