Centre for Professional Skills Development on Public Health (CPSD) conducted a three day short course on ‘Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis in health research’ from 22-24 August 2017 that has been facilitated by Dr. Shaikh A. Shahed Hossain, PhD, Professor, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University and Consultant Scientist, Health Systems and Population Studies Division, icddr,b and Dr. Malabika Sarker, PhD is a Professor & Director of Research & Director CoE on the Science of Implementation & Scale-Up (SISU) at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh.
The course was designed for researchers including clinicians, nurses, epidemiologists and public health practitioners, who are interested in learning the key concepts involved in the design and production of high quality systematic reviews. Although examples used during the course will be taken from the health literature, the underlying concepts taught are applicable to other disciplines and applications from those interested in systematic reviews of non-health research literature are welcomed.
Nilufa Sultana Sheta, Program Coordinator, CPJ, attended the training on ‘Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) Course-2’ held from 20th to 24th August 2017 at Bangladesh Institute Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT), Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur, Dhaka.
Manzoor Hasan, Excutive Director, CPJ, attended the ‘Continental Conference on Collaboration between the Judiciary and Community Justice Institutions’ held in Kigali, Rwanda from 22nd to 24th August 2017. He also visited some of the projects of Action Aid International Rwanda as the Chairperson of Action Aid International Bangladesh.
Mohammad Abdul Mahir a student of the third semester, School of Law, won two awards at the Youth Thinkers Society Bangladesh Model United Nations that was held in Chittagong on 24 August 2017.
Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRAC University attended the conference titled “Resilience 2017 – Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability” in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm Resilience Centre together with the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the Resilience Alliance organized the Resilience2017 conference from 20-23 August 2017 at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Sewden. Following previous Resilience Conference held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 discussed resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. A main focus was on global sustainability challenges and opportunities. The conference had five main themes: social-ecological transformation for sustainability; connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the anthropocene; multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship; approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics and cross-cutting perspectives on resilience. The conference consists of plenaries, theme plenaries, contributed sessions and sessions from the Open Call for abstracts. Several conference sessions were dedicated to the bridging between art and science. In addition to this, there were six exhibitions in the public spaces of the conference venue. These exhibitions were the collaborations between artists, scientists and the public to demonstrate a variety of social-ecological systems in the past, present and future.
Centre for Professional Skills Development on Public Health (CPSD) worked with CGSRHR and BLAST to arrange the four day long flagship course on ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and the Law’ from 20-23 August, 2017 at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health to ensure a greater awareness and sensitivity towards Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) amongst legal practitioners within the context of current global policies - such as sustainability, gender equality, social justice, democracy/ participation and the rights perspective. In order to elucidate these ideas, the participants of this short course will hear from various speakers on some of the main themes of SRHR - Sexuality and Health, Maternal Health, Violence in Sexual and Reproductive Contexts and Consent and Choice in SRHR.
The course was facilitated by Barrister Sara Hossain, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Honorary Executive Director of the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Dr. Selina Ferdous, Consultant who has more than twenty years in public health field with focus on community based sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Samia Afrin, Assistant Project Coordinator, NARIPOKKHO, Ms. Sanaiyya Faheem Ansari, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Executive Director of the Network of Research and Training (NRT).
BIGD Research Fellow Dr. Shanawez Hossain co-facilitates a workshop on Article Writing for Publication, organized jointly by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh. The workshop held on Wednesday, 23 August at a city hotel in Dhaka. Dr. Naveeda Khan, Professor, from Johns Hopkins University was the main facilitator in the event. Seven professors from different universities of Bangladesh including Dhaka University, Khulna University, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet and University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) also participated in the event.
The aim of the daylong workshop was to discuss and exchange views on publishing academic papers in journal and books. Beside analyzing and discussing different parts of an academic paper the workshop also shed light on selection of journals for publishing, submitting a paper for publication and process of addressing reviewer’s comments. Earlier in 2016, Dr. Hossain completed similar week long Workshop at University of Berkley California organized by AIBS.
Youth is a portent of any change. It is mainly factual of self conversation and consolidation. Demographically, Bangladesh is the youngest country. Therefore, youth aspirations are vital in insisting side of governance. To engage the local youth with innovating action for climate finance transparency a workshop was held titled “Innovating Action for Climate Finance Transparency: Engaging Local Youth” at Jahan Conference Center, Karim Kutir, Barisal on 21st August, 2017. The workshop was organized by Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University and Youth Net for Climate Justice. Professor Dr. Emamul Haque, Vice Chancellor, University of Barisal graced the event as chief guest. Mr Abdul Jalil, Climate Change and DRR Officer, UNICEF; Md. Abul Bashar, PROKAS, British Council and Ms. Roufa Khanum, Coordinator, C3ER, BRAC University joined the workshop as special guests. Students from different universities of Barisal, Barguna, Pirojpur, Bagerhat, Patuakhali and Jhalokati participated in this workshop.
The main objective of the workshop was to engage the youths for identifying the problems of their locality due to climatic effects, find innovative solutions to those problems and suggest how to ensure transparency throughout the process. The event was segmented into introductory session, ice breaking session, presentation, group discussion and brain storming session, question answer session as well as closing and prize distribution ceremony. The workshop started with a welcome speech by Mr. Sohanur Rahman, Chief Coordinator, Youth Net for Climate Justice. He briefly described the field of work of Youth Net and how they are trying to engage local youth with climate change issues and build up their capacity. Among the others Mr. Bashar gave an overview of the PROKAS program and why they are working for climate finance transparency. Mr. Siddiqui then gave a presentation on the issue based project Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM). He talked about major issues on climate change, the difference between adaptation and mitigation and introduced the participants with some new terms like climate finance, climate fund governance, climate finance readiness, and youths’ role in these sectors. There was an interactive question answer session where Ms. Khanum answered the questions from the participants and also asked questions to them about their learning and experience from the workshop. Mr. Jalil then talked about some recent activities of Youth Net in Barisal district and how they are focusing on adolescent empowerment. At the end of the event, the chief guest, Dr. Haque, concluded the session with his speech. Dr. Haque started his speech by talking about the learning of the workshop- transparency of work and transparency of finance. He expressed his disappointment on the fact that as a country we have to hear this continuously that we are not transparent with our works and finance. So we need to give emphasis to ensure that the climate projects done are transparent.
Throughout the work shop the youths participated actively, asked questions, expressed their views on different issues and proposed innovative ideas. Also they worked as groups, shared their ideas and discussed with each other. This was a great learning experience for them because they got to develop their skills and also had the chance to gain knowledge regarding climate change related issues. Their participation encouraged CFTM team to organize more workshops like this in other areas especially in remote areas where there is least availability of climate change related knowledge. This will help to ensure climate finance transparency as the stakeholders will have ideas about the process and they will be able to identify their needs and come up with new solutions to those.
Dr. Mohammad S. Hasan, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of MSc. Computer Science visited BRAC University on 20 Aug 2017 and conducted a seminar on Innovative Inventions in Human Computer Interaction for final year project/thesis students at GDLN center, BRAC University. At the starting of the seminar, Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Mottalib, new Chairperson CSE department introduced with the final year students. Then Dr. Hasan presented his talk on the topic. In addition, Dr. Hasan talked about the Erasmus+ project and possible collaboration opportunities between Staffordshire University, UK and BRACU and gave update of current BRACU student research projects. Currently, three CSE, BRACU students: Abdullah, Tanzila and Shadnan are doing the final year thesis/project under supervision of Dr. Hasan at Staffordshire University, UK under the Erasmus+ agreement between BRACU and Staffordshire University. Among others, Professor Md. Haider Ali, Advisor, CSE, Dr. Jia Uddin and Dr. Md. Ashraful Alam, Assistant Professor, CSE were present in the seminar.
Roksana Hoque, from the the Centre of Excellence for Universal Health Coverage (CoE-UHC) has recently completed a training entitled ‘Global Change Leadership’ from Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a seven-week education program offered by Coady Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. This program enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Nineteen participants from 17 different countries attend the course. Facilitators from different parts of Canada come to facilitate the course. Participants are from India, Vietnam, Bolivia, Chilli, Uganda, Indonesia, Egypt, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Rwanada, Tajikistan, Morocco, Kenya, Lesotho, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. They used popular education approach such as lecture, case study, small group work, experience sharing, problem analysis and documentary as teaching-learning method. This course enables her to carry on her works in the school in future and stay connected with different parts of the world.
ActionAid, Action against Hunger, BBC Media Action, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), BRAC and International Organization for Migration (IOM) with support from the UK government’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) organized National learning and sharing seminar titled “Celebrating Learning on Communication with Communities in Bangladesh”. How the voices of the community can be well reflected in strategies, policies and decision making process of donors, government and non-government organizations were the issues expounded through this seminar. Moreover, Shongjog a multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) partners shared their project activities which is related to the communication with communities’ perspective. Over the past two years, Shongjog has generated several innovative and exemplary tools, resources and techniques to enable the humanitarian community to better embed Communication with Communities into their work. This event will include a range of practical demonstrations, introductory sessions and open dialogue, which will allow participants to understand the range of new, Bangladesh-specific tools and resources that have been created. Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Lecturer and Muhammad Ibrahim, Research Associate, from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University attended the event.
BRAC University will remain closed for 'Eid-Ul-Azha’ from Thursday, August 31 to Thursday, September 07, 2017.
Please note the following:
1. REVISED SCHEDULE: Classes for Fall 2017 semester will begin from Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
2. BRAC University will remain open on Saturdays, September 16 & 23, 2017 and follow the academic schedule for Sunday, September 10 & Monday, September 11, 2017 respectively.
3. Advising of existing students: August 27 - 30 and September 10, 2017.
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One of the two midwifery cohorts of 2017, which is 2nd batch (A), attended their graduation ceremony in July. Soon after, all of the 163 graduates of this batch have started their 6-month internship. Unique to this year is the split of the internship into community and clinical placements. This reinforces midwives’ learning from our midwifery curriculum that invests 60% time on ‘practical’.
To start with the internship, all of the 163 graduate midwives who hail from more than 72 sub-districts across the country have returned to their hometowns or villages. They are interacting with people in the communities and liaising with local institutions to raise awareness on maternal and neonatal health, adolescent healthcare, hygiene, nutrition, family planning etc. At the same time, they are giving antenatal and postnatal services.
The exercise would help the graduates map their community in respect of clients’ health-seeking habits, and the government and private health centres. From September, the internship will continue as clinical placements in health centres and clinical facilities of BRAC’s HNPP, Marie Stopes and other partners. We expect, the internship would enable the graduate midwives to enter the community well, and increase their confidence and renew their midwifery pledge.
These graduate midwives are staying in touch with midwifery instructors to report on their CEGM progresses made monthly, and also to review their academic learning ahead of the midwifery licensing exam likely in early 2018.
Students of the BBA Program are instructed to meet their respective advisors during their scheduled time. Students having their USIS accounts blocked should get those unblocked before meeting the advisers. Those who intend to drop Fall 17 are instructed to meet the coordinators during the advising week.
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Certificate award ceremony for the day-long certificate training on Strategic Sourcing in Procurement held on August 19, 2017 at BIGD. Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, ED of BIGD attended the event and awarded the participants with certificates. 14 participants from BRAC, BRAC University, Embassy of the United States of America, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ibna Sina Pharmaceuticals have attended the daylong training on Strategic Sourcing in Procurement. Mr. Mainul Hasan Rumen, MCIPS has conducted the daylong training.
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