Assessing the feasibility of collaborating with factories to improve work safety in Kamrangirchar, Dhaka, Bangladesh: a participatory before-and-after intervention study
Occupational injury and disease has been declared a national priority in Bangladesh. However critical gaps remain in improving work safety in small-scale peri-urban factories in Kamrangirchar, a perourban area in Dhaka. We aimed to assess the feasibility of collaborating with owners and workers to design and implement interventions to improve work safety in two metal factories in Kamrangirchar, Here we present the finding and lessons learned from a participatory mixed method before-and-after study articulated over four phases.
Sohana is an Epidemiologist with a Master's degree in Public Health. She has worked with MSF OCA in both Bangladesh and Nigeria projects, where she has contributed to several to public health intervention in urban, refugees and volatile rural contexts. She has coordinated and contributed to several operational research related to Occupational health-safety, Community engagement modelling, water-sanitation, and sexual and gender-based violence
Nell Gray is a medical anthropologist who has worked with MSF since 2006, most recently as anthropology advisor based in the Manson Unit at MSF UK. She has worked in a range of contexts, including Central African Republic, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Haiti and India on issues including Ebola, sexual violence, HIV/TB, urban and occupational health, and access to health care. She holds an MA in medical anthropology from SOAS and is currently undertaking a doctoral studentship with King’s College London in collaboration with MSF, exploring the intersections between health and humanitarianism in the context of the climate crisis in Chad.
Grazia Caleo (MD)
Grazia Caleo currentely leads the Social Science team lead for the Manson Unit/Medecins Sans Frontieres Operational Centre Amsterdam (MSF-OCA). She is a medical doctor and Public Health specialist with significant experience working in complex emergencies and health system strengthening in fragile settings. At the LSHTM, she completed the MSc in Epidemiology, the DTM&H, and a PhD. During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, for MSF-OCA she supported several operational research and the implementation of surveillance in Freetown and in other three Districts of Sierra Leone. Since 2015, she has worked in several Ebola outbreaks in DRC, working with affected communities to co-design context adapted interventions. She have coordinated different projects within the Manson Unit research portfolio, including Occupational Health for marginalised working populations in Bangladesh as well as Maternal and Child health in rural areas in Sierra Leone. Prior to this she worked as medical epidemiologist supporting MSF research and interventions in Haiti, DRC, CAR, Guinea, Zambia, Niger, and Bangladesh. Grazia was a ECDC fellow at the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET). She worked in Chad as consultant for WHO and for the Stop Polio CDC initiative. Earlier medical career in Italy involved work in vaccine surveillance, HIV and immigrant’s health.