Dr. Sabina Faiz RASHID
Professor & Dean
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Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid has been working in Bangladesh since 1993. She joined the James P Grant School of Public Health at Brac University in 2004. She is currently Dean and Professor at the School. Her areas of interest and expertise are ethnographic research, academic teaching and advocacy in the areas of Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Urban poor populations in slum settlements, and Reform and Innovations in Public health Curriculum for Health Professionals of the 21st Century. Dr. Rashid serves as an International member of the WHO Secretariat - Health Systems and Policy Analysis, and was technical Advisor to the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also a member of the international organization Coalition for Bodily and Sexual Rights (CSBR since 2007), and Academic Advisory Group Member of Sexuality and Development, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. She is member of the National Working Group - Bangladesh Health Watch (a national civil society initiative since 2009) which serves as a watchdog on citizen’s health in the country. Currently she is part of an Organizing Secretariat, which is organizing the International Urban Health Conference in May (24-27) and will be Chairing a plenary session on ‘Urban Health and Service Delivery, ‘ and also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of ICAAP, an international conference on HIV/AIDS being organized in November in Bangladesh. It is expected that more than 4000 participants will be attending from all over the world. Dr. Rashid has been teaching at the School since 2005 and leads the modules and short courses on Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and provides training to undergraduate students on Sexuality and Rights. She is a Visiting Professor (since 2007) at Berlin School of Public Health, Charite, Germany. She is part of an informal network that works closely with the sexual minorities (LGBT) community and is establishing– SHARENET, a virtual platform in Bangladesh, at the Center for Gender at the School. This platform will serve as a space for discussions and support on sexual health issues, which remain controversial and stigmatized. Dr. Rashid is currently leading a program on “Developing the Next Generation of Public Health Leaders’ (funded by USAID) to create innovative programs and encourage young women, non doctors and candidates from marginalized backgrounds to participate in public health education, research and future training, to encourage public health leaders to remain in the country but also contribute to the field. In the past, Dr. Rashid was awarded a Fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore in 2006, and in 2011, a Fulbright Scholar award at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, conducting research on Bangladeshi immigrants’ health and well-being.
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