On his recent trip to Balagram, BHP Director John Richards met with the initial batch of students at the Oasis Institute of Science and Technology. The student presenting a flower bouquet to John is Md. Shakib Islam. Because he is a graduate of OfP’s Bluebell Primary School all his education expenses are paid at OIST. (After Bluebell, he completed high school requirements at a government school.) You can find more stories about OIST at https://www.facebook.com/oist.tech

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Prof. Hasnat Alamgir's most recent op-ed concerns the plight of Bangladeshi nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the pressures and stresses familiar to readers in high-incomecountries, he notes the special problems in Bangladesh: "There are cultural, organizational, and economic factors that work as barriers to ensuring nurses' health, safety, and well-being.... Nurses are at additional risk at their workplace arising from patient overload, under-staffing, the poor ratio of support staff and nurses, the poor ratio of doctors and nurses, meagre supply of and accessibility to assistive or supportive equipment and tools, unhygienic working conditions, long working hours, harassment and abuse by owners or supervisors, doctors, colleagues, and patients and their relatives."

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If you are curious about the countryside around OfP's village of Balagram, Google Street view can show you around. This evening from my office in Canada, I traveled through Balagram and past the OIST site. Along the way I saw harvest activities, early monsoon flooding, shops and small factories and every manner of traffic on the Jaldhaka-Dalia Road all the way to the Teesta River. This is a wonderful way to see everyday life in a hard-to-reach part of the world.



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