Dr. Mahfuza RIFAT
Assistant Professor and Coordinator REACHOUT project






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Dr. Mahfuza Rifat is the Assistant Professor and Coordinator of REACHOUT project at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. She is a PhD in Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is a Medical graduate and Masters in Health Economics. She has fourteen years’ experience in managing public health programmes including tuberculosis control. She has several articles published in recognized journals and has presented papers in many international conferences.


Key publications:


  • Health System delay in treatment of multidrug resistant tuberculosis patients in Bangladesh. M Rifat, AH Milton, J Hall, C Oldmeadow, A Husain. BMC Infectious Diseases. November 2015
  • Factors related to previous tuberculosis treatment of Multidrug resistant Tuberculosis patients in Bangladesh. M Rifat, AH Milton, J Hall, C Oldmeadow, SG Hinderakar, A Husain BMJ Open. September, 2015
  • Development of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis in Bangladesh: A Case-Control Study on Risk Factors.M Rifat, AH Milton, J Hall, C Oldmeadow, MA Islam, A Husain, W Akanda. Plos One. August, 2014
  • From mosques to classrooms -mobilizing the community to enhance case detection for tuberculosis.Rifat M, Rusen I, Mahmud MH, Nayer I, Islam MA, Ahmed F. American Journal of Public Health. September 2008, Vol 98, No. 9
  • Why are tuberculosis patients not treated earlier? A study of informal health care providers in Bangladesh.Rifat M, Rusen ID, Islam MA , Enarson DA, Ahmed F, Ahmed SM, Karim F. International Journal of tuberculosis and Lung diseases. May 2011
  • Prevalence of smear-positive tuberculosis in persons aged >= 15 years in Bangladesh: results from a national survey, 2007-2009. Zaman K, Hossain S, Banu S, Quaiyum MA, Barua PC, Salim MAH, Begum V, Islam A , Ahmed J, Rifat M, Cooreman Werf EM, Borgdorff M, VAN Leth F. Epidemiol. Infect. Aug 2011
  • Beyond drugs: tuberculosis patients in Bangladesh need nutritional support during convalescence. Islam QS, Ahmed SM, Islam MA, Kamruzzaman M, Rifat M. Public Health Action, Volume 3, Number 2, 21 June 2013
  • Factors associated with treatment delay among tuberculosis patients referred from a tertiary hospital in Dhaka City: a cross-sectional study Htike W, Islam MA, Hasan MT, Ferdous S, Rifat M.Public Health Action. 12/2013; 3(4)