Bangladesh

CHAMPS in Bangladesh

About our Work

In Bangladesh, CHAMPS works in the Baliakandi upazila, or sub-district, in the west-central part of the country. This sub-district has a high child mortality rate (50/1,000) despite being home to more than 30 medical facilities, including health and family welfare centers, community health centers and private clinics and has a high child mortality rate.

 

The main hospital for the sub-district is Baliakandi Upazila Health Complex (BUHC), which receives patient referrals from all other area facilities. BUHC provides maternal and child health, adolescent, reproductive health, mental health, nutritional activity services to the sub-district, making it a great location for CHAMPS’ facility-based activities. Other facilities that we utilize include the Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH), Zahid Memorial Children Hospital (ZMCH). Site activities are implemented by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases, Bangladesh (icddr,b), in collaboration with the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), and the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

Fast Facts

Baliakandi

Catchment Area

216,362

Population Under Surveillance

50/1,000

Under 5 Mortality Rate

41/1,000

Infant Mortality Rate

30/1,000

Neonatal Mortality Rate

22/1,000

Stillbirth Rate

Meet the Directors

Dr. Shams El Arifeen

Senior Director and Senior Scientist, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, CHAMPS Bangladesh, Site Director

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Dr. Shams El Arifeen

Senior Director and Senior Scientist, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, CHAMPS Bangladesh

Shams El Arifeen is the first Senior Director of the Maternal and Child Health Division (MCHD) at icddr,b in Bangladesh. 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. His interests are in maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition and development, where he has worked for over 30 years. His work has focused on monitoring and evaluation of community and facility-based interventions addressing common causes of maternal and child illness and death, as well as implementation research to improve delivery of health services. 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.

He is trained in medicine, public health, nutrition, and epidemiology, and holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Dhaka Medical College and a Master of Public Health and Doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He has published over 260 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Emily Gurley

Associate Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, CHAMPS Bangladesh, Site Director

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Dr. Emily Gurley

Associate Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, CHAMPS Bangladesh

Dr. Emily Gurley is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has worked in public health research in Bangladesh since 2003, and she spent 12 years at the icddr,b (International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh) where she led the Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation Unit, and served as Director of the Program on Emerging Infections. She worked closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Government of Bangladesh to establish national surveillance for meningoencephalitis, respiratory infections, acute gastroenteritis, acute hepatitis, and hospital-acquired infections, with a focus on developing junior scientists. Dr. Gurley earned her Master of Public Health from Emory University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2012.

Dr. Gurley leads multidisciplinary studies on the transmission, burden, and epidemiology of a variety of emerging and vaccine-preventable diseases, taking into account the ecological context in which human disease occurs. Her interests include improving the communication and collaboration between field epidemiologists and infectious disease modelers, and the development of novel surveillance and outbreak detection strategies. She began research to develop strategies for the use of post-mortem tissue sampling as a surveillance tool in Bangladesh in 2008.

Dr. Gurley has published more than 110 peer-reviewed papers and has served on World Health Organization (WHO) committees to draft recommendations about the use of Hepatitis E vaccines and measurement of dengue infection. She currently serves on WHO’s taskforce for research and development of medical countermeasures against Nipah virus.

CHAMPS working in Bangladesh to Save Lives