Summary of talk:
Policy makers in Bangladesh are looking for effective ways of using research evidence to support policy making and to build good practices in improving population health. However, effective translation has been slow and inconsistent across low-income countries particularly in Bangladesh, and such inconsistencies contribute substantially to the suboptimal population health. This briefing looks at some of the wider issues about the relationship between research and policy raised by the three development programs in Bangladesh, such as improving maternal, neonatal and child survival; impact of maternal perinatal depression on infant growth and development; and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Partnership approach, behavior change and engagement of population, service providers and stakeholder organizations have been identified as key elements in translating research evidence into policy, practice and population health in these projects. The briefing also discusses some possibilities and problems in what is coming to be known as ‘Knowledge Transfer’ from research to policy and practice, and reviews developments aimed at improving knowledge transfer in population health.
Dr. Hashima E Nasreen is currently working as Assistant Professor at the department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC Institute of Global Health, BRAC University in Bangladesh. Formerly she worked as Head of Health and Population Research in BRAC, Bangladesh. She is a medical doctor and received Masters in Public Health from Umea University, Sweden and PhD in medical science and public health from Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Dr. Nasreen has more than 20 years of research experience in public health and epidemiology. She has received professional training on sexuality and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS in reproductive health settings, health economics from India; East-West University, Hawaii, USA; and Umea University, Sweden respectively. She was the Advisor for the project Go4Health (Asian Hub) aiming to set goals and governance of post MDG 2015, in collaboration with 13 Universities of different countries, funded by the European Commission during 2012–2015. . She acted as an advisor with UNFPA to evaluate the contribution of UNFPA and IPPF in addressing youths’ reproductive health needs and rights since ICPD in Bangladesh, and with CARE-Bangladesh to review HIV/AIDS and commercial sex workers in Bangladesh. She was an international consultant in mapping the policy process and programmatic landscape of HIV in Bangladesh with Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK in 2007. She is experienced with managing collaborative research projects with ICDDR, B and Plan International (Bangladesh), ICRW and CEDPA (USA), Columbia University (USA), University of Aberdeen (Scotland), Karolinska Institute (Sweden), and University Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Dr. Nasreen was awarded a number of scholarships for doctoral studies, masters program, and relevant post-graduation training. She is experienced in receiving and managing grants of several research projects. She has publications in the reputed peer-reviewed international journals and book chapters. She has disseminated research papers in several international conferences and workshops in USA, Italy, Scotland, Germany, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Tanzania, Ghana, and Ethiopia. She is the reviewer of a number of international public health and psychiatric journals.