Seminar on Bangladesh's extraordinary advances in health over the past 50 years: Tuesday February 6, 12-1pm EST

20 January, 2024

Bangladesh: 50 Years of Advances in Health and Challenges Ahead

Dear Friends and Colleagues: The virtual webinar described below may be of interest as well as the recent attached publication highlighting Bangladesh’s extraordinary achievements in health over the past half century since its independence in 1971. [*see notes below]

[ Registration: ]

Best wishes,


Henry B. Perry, MD, PhD, MPH

Senior Associate, Health Systems Program

Department of International Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD, USA 21205<>; 443-797-5202

HIFA profile: Henry Perry is a Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. Professional interests: Community health and primary health care. hperry2 AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (NPW):

1. The original message had an attachment, which is not carried by HIFA. Here is the citation and key messages:

CITATION: Bangladesh: 50 Years of Advances in Health and Challenges Ahead

Henry B. Perry, Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury

Global Health: Science and Practice


Bangladesh is a “positive deviant” as a result of its progress from being the second poorest country in the world to implementing world-class programs in family planning, immunizations, promotion of oral rehydration therapy for diarrhea, detection and treatment completion for TB, and much more.

The recently published book, 50 Years of Bangladesh: Advances in Health, highlights these and many other achievements and provides an overview of the daunting challenges that must be overcome in the next 50 years if Bangladesh is to achieve universal health coverage and “Health for All.”

The most important of these challenges include major increases in government expenditures for health, building of a strong primary health care system that relies on a professionalized cadre of community health workers that reach every home on a regular basis, catastrophic health insurance for all citizens, innovations in health care delivery within the long-standing culture of reliance on research and evidence, and strong independent civil society engagement by groups such as Bangladesh Health Watch.

2. Here is the information for the registration page:

Registration: "Bangladesh at 50: Advances in Health," with Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury

Please join us on Tuesday, February 6th to hear from Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury, the former Vice Chair of BRAC, the largest and among the most celebrated NGOs in the world. During this brown-bag lunch session, which will be held in-person and virtually, Dr. Chowdhury will reflect on over fifty years of advances in health that he has both witnessed and contributed to in Bangladesh.

This event is co-hosted by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the North Carolina Global Health Alliance.

Dr. Chowdhury previously served as the Executive Director, founding Director of the Research & Evaluation Division, and Founding Dean of the BRAC University James P. Grant School of Public Health. Dr. Chowdhury founded “Bangladesh Education Watch” and “Bangladesh Health Watch,” two civil society watchdog organizations in Bangladesh. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. Dr. Chowdhury is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame’s Pulte Institute and Eck Institute for Global Health.

Date: Tuesday, February 6

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In-Person Location: 230 Rosenau Hall, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Virtual Location: Zoom link to be distributed

Bring your lunch and join us for an hour of learning and conversation! ]