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IUBAT BSN alumnus, Mohammad Ali, has begun his graduate studies at Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health. Ali’s first-year tuition and living costs have been supported by generous donors through BHP. Ali will be researching ways to tackle the high rate of C-section in Bangladesh. Ali’s journey to Oxford is a remarkable story of perseverance. As he wrote in his application letter, “My parents have always been a significant source of inspiration for me, but they are unable to help me out financially…. In primary and secondary school, I experienced severe economic hardships, but I never gave up on my dream of continuing my studies. Because of my mother’s poor health, from a young age I have been passionate about improving the health of people. I was the first person in my village to enter a university undergraduate program. I didn't know what a university looked like, and I was more worried about money than grades. I've always been passionate about promoting health in my community. In Bangladesh, my first priority is to reduce unnecessary C-sections since many women experience severe complications from this procedure. I do not know whether I will achieve the target in my lifetime, but someone has to take the initiative. I believe I may be that person.” We will post updates of Ali’s academic progress.

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BHP Directors Prof. John Richards and Alex Berland along with colleagues Prof. Hasnat Alamgir and Dr. Nazmul Huda in Dhaka have been developing the Master in Public Health program at IUBAT. Preparations are complete for the first intake of students in January.

The program will be an excellent career development opportunity with a mix of local and international faculty offering a modern curriculum.

In Term One, Alex will teach a course in "One Health" concepts and John will teach Biostatistics. Student projects will be based on their own workplace issues and will emphasize professional skill development with in-class practice and coaching.

Applications are now available with various scholarship options.

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Guchagram, the village served by Bluebell School consists of terraces of social housing provided by Government of Bangladesh for landless farm workers. Many of these villagers have very little education themselves but most recognize its importance for their children’s future. Recently, the OFP Advisory Group recommended increasing school enrollment to achieve greater impact. Initially, Bluebell will introduce two kindergarten sections starting in January 2023 for a maximum of 40 students. Bluebell teachers have since met with parents of four- and five-year-old children, introducing them to the methods and benefits of education at Bluebell. The teachers also met with parents of existing students, encouraging them to send their children regularly instead of engaging them with household chores.

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