Since BHP began in 2004, nearly 100 individuals have visited Bangladesh as visiting faculty; many others donated course materials, educational resources and money. Your support to help strengthen nursing in Bangladesh has not been forgotten. Thank you for helping BHP achieve its goals.
IUBAT College of Nursing now uses all local faculty, including graduates from IUBAT as well as other colleges. Annual enrolment for the 2022 cohort is over 100 students. IUBAT grads are now practicing widely, many in senior clinical positions in Bangladesh hospitals or NGOs, several as educators, several enrolled in advanced studies.
Alex Berland has worked with Nurses International to convert the IUBAT BSN curriculum to an Open Education Resource that has now been used in over 140 countries. That has led to many other initiatives by NI and several academic papers.
John Richards and Alex have been working with IUBAT faculty to develop an MPH program at IUBAT. This will provide a career path for nurses wishing to advance in education and leadership. We completed a detailed syllabus and are now waiting approval from the national regulator.
John and Alex continue to support other health-related initiatives through Sajida Foundation and service-based research on reproductive health with Dr. Nazmul Huda.
John and Alex have worked closely with Oasis for Posterity to build a primary school, two early learning centres and recently a vocational school in north-west Bangladesh. Our fund-raising for construction is complete so now we are focusing on salary support and professional development for educators. Please let us know if you would like to contribute.
John continues with a research program on primary school education and recently completed a major text on education in South Asia.
We continue to work through Mid-Main Community Health Centre in Vancouver and will soon establish a new charitable organization focusing on the community development work of OFP. Thank you again for your support to communities in need.