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Shuvashish Das Bala, Assistant Professor & Coordinator at IUBAT College of Nursing has co-authored another original research article titled “I Wonder if my Years of Training and Expertise Will be Devalued by Machines: Concerns About the Replacement of Medical Professionals by Artificial Intelligence" in SAGE Open Nursing. The paper was based on semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions in Dhaka with nearly 50 participants who had recent AI training or experience, including nurses, physicians, radiologists, medical technicians, pharmacists, and hospital administrators. The authors conclude, “The study underscores the need for ethical guidelines and robust regulatory frameworks, balancing innovation with ethical and legal considerations…. Trust and acceptance of AI are central to the successful adoption of this technology…. Patient–provider relationships and the intricacies of healthcare policy and regulation also play pivotal.… While concerns exist, AI has the potential to be a transformative force that, when harnessed with care and ethical considerations, can enhance the healthcare sector for the benefit of both professionals and patients.”

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Rural women and children stay behind when male relatives leave for work elsewhere

Oasis Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) is based in Rangpur Division in the north-west of Bangladesh. With a population around 18 million, Rangpur is the poorest of seven divisions in Bangladesh with the highest incidence of extreme poverty. Balagram, the village where OIST is located located, is a so-called “monga” zone, a Bengali term referring to a cyclical phenomenon of poverty and hunger. It occurs twice each year, from September to November (after the first rice crop is planted) and from March to April (following the second planting). These natural phenomena lead to fewer local jobs, resulting in rural workers migrating for work; those who cannot migrate may face food inadequacy and malnutrition.


His younger brothers attend Bluebell School, but the eldest must work.

During community dialogues in Balagram, local residents have told us that higher education opportunities are very scarce in the area, creating a barrier for advancement even for capable high school graduates. OIST offers students training for high-demand jobs in civil and computer technologies. Our first batch of students performed well in recent national exams and is about to enter their third year of training. As their studies progress, students need new learning tools to practice their technical skills.  We rely on donor contributions to purchase learning tools and equipment for the civil engineering and computer technologies programs. If you would like to support development of these training resources,  please visit our BHP donations page or contact us directly.

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Rabiul Islam, OFP founder, writes, “Bluebell’s education and educational materials are provided completely free, with a team of seven dedicated teachers delivering the classes as well as extra-curricular activities. In order to strengthen students’ basic literacy and math skills, three experienced female teachers have recently joined the teaching team.” The BHP website will profile the new teachers individually in upcoming blog posts.

One of the new teachers, Sree Kajaly says, “We have learned that education is the backbone of a nation. No nation can progress without good education of the younger generation. Education also inspires humanity, which is why the teaching profession attracts me so much.”   If the Bluebell teachers’ dedication also inspires you, would you please consider supporting the school with a donation?

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