Long-time BHP supporter, Dr. Gopal Verma (dark suit) invited Alex Berland to speak to students and faculty at East-West Nursing College in Dhaka during Alex’s latest visit. It was also an opportunity to pass along textbooks donated to BHP by the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.

As the IUBAT College of Nursing is now well-established, BHP efforts have focused on developing educational resources and support for other projects, including the global Open Access work of Nurses International, the elder care program of Sajida Health Care and a rural home care program. We are still awaiting final approval for the IUBAT Masters in Public Health program that will emphasize advanced education opportunities for nurses. At the outset, we hope to recruit international faculty volunteers to teach some classes remotely.

IUBAT BScN grad, Mohammad Ali, recently published an article on unnecessary c-section in Bangladesh that appeared in The Daily Star, one of the country’s leading English-language newspapers. Ali is now working in Sweden as a nurse in the department of plastic surgery at Uppsala University Hospital. He completed an MPH in Sweden with a dissertation on the topic of reproductive health in Bangladesh. After gaining more clinical experience abroad, he hopes to continue his studies and contribute to professional development of nurses in Bangladesh.

On July 22 2021, we learned that Prof Shamsun Nahar had died. Shamsun was a senior faculty member of the IUBAT College of Nursing since 2004. IUBAT was her final post after many decades of educating nurses in Bangladesh as a professor, graduate student adviser and principal. Participants at Shamsun’s Dua Mahfil funeral service spoke of her exceptional kindness not only to her students but to all those in need. Visiting faculty at the College of Nursing will remember her open smile and gentle humour, her dedication to the value and values of nursing and her deep commitment to supporting her students.