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Rabiul Islam reports that the recent enrollment drive by Bluebell teachers is expected to result in 26 new kindergarten students in January. Most are from Guchagram, the "cluster village" of government housing for landless families (photo). The class schedule has also been revised so that the school day is now longer to provide more instructional time for all students. The primary children have been involved in community projects including village clean-up and tree-planting as part of the One Tree One Child program.

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The determined expressions and the smiles tell the story - the children clearly had an enjoyable afternoon. Recently the school received a donation of sports items such as balls, cricket sets, badminton and chess sets, and skipping ropes.

And there were prizes!

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Prof. Hasnat Alamgir, Chair of Public Health at IUBAT publishes frequently on health care topics in the Financial Express of Bangladesh. In his latest editorial, he writes, “In most hospitals in Bangladesh, the Emergency Departments … appear to be very busy, crowded, and often quite chaotic. The healthcare professionals look overwhelmed and exhausted while attending to the very large number of care seekers. This begs these questions to be answered: 1) do all the patients in Bangladesh who go to ED always really need emergency care? 2) Given other options for receiving care, would they still go to ED? 3) Is the emergency care capacity for the population so low that more EDs should be built?” His conclusion is that a stronger primary care delivery system and a focus on social determinants of health would reduce the need and use of acute healthcare services. These will be major themes of the MPH program to be offered at IUBAT.

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