Dr. Shams El Arifeen
Senior Director and Senior Scientist Maternal and Child Health Division (MCHD)
Shams El Arifeen is the first Senior Director of the Maternal and Child Health Division (MCHD) at icddr,b. Dr. Arifeen is also a Professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at the BRAC University in Bangladesh, where he teaches epidemiology. Dr. Arifeen is trained in medicine, public health, nutrition, and epidemiology. He holds an MBBS from Dhaka Medical College and an MPH and DrPH from Johns Hopkins University. He has published over 260 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. His interests are in maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition and development, where he has worked for over 30 years, particularly focusing on community and facility-based evaluations of interventions and programmes that address the commonest causes of illness and death among mothers and children, implementation research to improve delivery of services as well as developing monitoring systems. He actively participates in national efforts within Bangladesh to scale up evidence-based interventions. Dr. Arifeen serves on a number of Bangladesh’s technical and advisory committees as well as on global task/working groups.