Progress in maternal and child health in Bangladesh
Date: February 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Location: SPPH B151
Speaker: Dr. Shams El Arifeen
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
Dr. Shams El Arifeen is the first director of the newly established Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at icddr,b. Dr. Arifeen is also a professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at the BRAC University in Bangladesh, where he teaches epidemiology. Dr. Arifeen has nearly 25 years of experience in child and neonatal health, health services and health systems research, including nine years in government health services, with a focus on health interventions for developing populations. He also has extensive experience in research, and evaluations, with particular expertise in cluster randomized trials, large-scale surveys as well as with community and facility-based evaluations of interventions and programmes, using both experimental and quasi-experimental designs.
Dr. Arifeen actively participates in national efforts within Bangladesh to scale up evidence-based neonatal and child health interventions. He currently leads the team assisting the government of Bangladesh and its partners in monitoring and evaluating health services and programmes. He has served on a number of Bangladesh’s technical and advisory committees, including the National Committee on Immunization Practices, Technical Sub-Committee on National Newborn Health Strategy and the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, Urban Health Survey and Bangladesh Maternal Mortality Survey technical committees. Dr. Arifeen contributed to the 2003 Lancet Series on Child Survival and has published more than 140 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Arifeen holds an MBBS and DrPH and is trained in medicine, public health, nutrition and epidemiology.
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