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Sharmin A. Shapla

Research Assistant

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

Short Biography

Ms. Sharmin is a Research Assistant at JPGSPH and she pursued her MPH degree from James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in the year of 2022 with a renowned Global Health Research Unit (GHRU) scholarship. Recently one of her abstracts has been selected for the prestigious Travel Award at the 14th Asian Conference on Nutrition (ACN) held in Chengdu, China, from 14th to 17th September, 2023. She is skilled in conducting quantitative and qualitative research following epidemiological research designs, data analysis transcription and data extraction. Currently, she is working at the Center of Excellence for Non-Communicable Disease and Nutrition, a project titled Development and testing of an Upazila-specific model of ''whole-of-government'', and ''whole-of-society'' approaches for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in a sub-district of Bangladesh. She conducted training for the community stakeholders at the Upazila level about the prevention and control of NCDs. Before that, she worked at CNCDN BRAC JPGSPH in the NCD Program named Training and digital care coordination for improved prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease by primary health care teams in Bangladesh and the Urban Development Program titled Baseline Assessment of the Integrated Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services Under the Rehabilitation Program for Upliftment of Ultra-Poor Slum Dwellers in Mohammadpur and Mirpur in Dhaka City and Saidpur in Nilphamari District in Bangladesh. In both the projects, she contributed to developing data collection tools, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, performing anthropometric measurements, conducting interviews (IDIs, FGD), writing transcriptions, providing weekly updates, translating and preparing some documents, working with rural and slum people, women and adolescent girls, health providers and community leaders.

Current Projects

Project: ‘Development and testing of an Upazila-specific model of ‘whole-of-government’, and ‘whole-of-society’ approaches for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in a sub-district of Bangladesh.’
Donor: Integrated Research and Development Fund of the Government of Bangladesh. 
Role: Research Assistant

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

M. R. Kabir, S. A. Shapla, and M. . Rashid, “REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR OF THE MARRIED SANTAL WOMEN: A STUDY IN RANGPUR DISTRICT, BANGLADESH”, Khulna Univ. Stud., pp. 77–87, Dec. 2020.

Other Publications

Bangla Translation: “Domestic Violence During the Global Pandemic” by Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, USA.  International Sociological Association, Global Dialogue, volume 11/number 2/page 35/August, 2021.


1.	Abstract titled “The double burden of malnutrition among under-five children’s mothers: A cross-sectional study in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh” has been selected for the 14th ACN Travel Award, held in Chengdu, China, from 14th to 17th September 2023.
2.	MPH awarded by GHRU- Global Health Research Unit on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases in South Asia. The academic year 2022-2023.

Research Interests

Non-Communicable Diseases Child and Maternal Health and Nutrition Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender Mental Health


  • MPH (BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health
  • BRAC University)
  • MSS (Begum Rokeya University
  • Rangpur)
  • BSS Honour's (Begum Rokeya University
  • Rangpur)