The Bangladesh paradox: A great mystery in global health

Date: Wednesday 12 March 2014
Time: 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of event: Seminar
Speaker(s): Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury and Dr Abbas Bhuiya
Chair(s): Professor Anne Mills

The Lancet recently released its Bangladesh series. The editors called the Bangladesh story ''one of the greatest mysteries of global health''.  The series is at

The coordinators of the series, Mushtaque Chowdhury and Abbas Bhuiya will talk about the Bangladesh experience. All welcome.

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury is the Vice Chair and Interim Executive Director of BRAC. In his roles at BRAC, he has helped the organization play a central role in providing health, education, and microfinance services to help alleviate poverty, and achieve its status as one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world. In 2004, he helped co-found BRAC University's James P. Grant School of Public Health , and as its Dean for 5 years he was instrumental in creating its Masters in Public Health programme. He has worked for the Rockefeller Foundation as Senior Adviser in crossborder disease surveillance projects in the Mekong countries of southeast Asia, and has been involved with seminal global health initiatives, notably the UN Millennium Project's Taskforce for Child and Maternal Health.

Dr Abbas Bhuiya is Deputy Executive Director, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).  He has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of community health research with special focus on health services for the poor/vulnerable and equity issues, community organization, and facilitation of community initiatives for the improvement of health, especially of the poor. He was a member of the Board of the Commission on Health Research for Development (COHRED) for nearly six years and acted as its interim Chair for two years. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of South-East Asia Community Observatory based in Malaysia. He is also the co-research director of the DFID supported Research Programme Consortium on Effective Service Delivery.

Admission: Free and open to all with no ticket required.

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