Bangladeshi healthcare professional leads in global forum

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 23 Aug 2017, 21:38:13
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Bangladeshi healthcare professional leads in global forum

Abhishek Bhadra


In the fourth Next Generation Global Health Forum 2017 held at Barcelona, Spain, when a young health professional was asked by Julian Kickbusch, programme director of the World Health Summit to give advice for the young professionals in search of a career in global health, he said, 'Be focused, be bold and have endless efforts to seek for the excellence'. This promising young health professional is Dr. M Tasdik Hasan, MBBS, MPH (Epidemiology), CCD (BIRDEM), PGDDM (Dhaka University). He represented not only Bangladesh but also South Asia in the programme of Next Generation Global Health Forum 2017. Following a selection process by the Global Health Next Generation Network, Dr. Tasdik was selected as one of the panelists in plenary session-- 'Meet young professionals who found their way in global health'-- along with some extraordinary young professionals around the globe.

Dr. Tasdik  joined the Ebola Crisis Simulation workshop by arranged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and 'Implementing Global Health Projects in the Field: The Ten Commandments'. The first workshop gave insights on lack of global health system to tackle deadly outbreaks like Ebola.  The second workshop was quite engaging and connected with Dr. Tasdik's responsibilities at ICDDR,B where he is leading a project on severe diarrhoea in Bangladesh as the evaluation team leader and researcher. After the workshop, the participants engaged in an innovative networking activity and Dr. Tasdik was declared as the winner of this networking challenge where they were asked to interact with at least nine participants and match something in common in a matrix with a drawing.

Dr. Tasdik was excited to see slides of Jeffrey Lazarus as it was showing images of Bangladesh and success stories of ICDDR,B-- his workstation to prevent cholera and other waterborne diseases. The last day of the event started with a well-attended quiz followed by master project presentations by four participants including this young researcher from Bangladesh.  His presentation was actually a part of his recent diploma degree which described the mental health service needs of the disaster affecting the population of coastal Bangladesh and received appreciation from the chair and the audience.  The next workshop on gender lens in research and programme created a buzz among the participants by dragging them into the unequal world where gender discrimination still can be seen.  Dr. Tasdik said, 'I cried when my paternity leaves finished; I wanted to be with my son; a child needs his father too' which was featured as a quote by the Global Health Network in twitter and a lot of responses were coming from different sources in favour of the statement. He stood for equity and many participants mentioned about this statement during the concluding remarks of the event.

Dr. Tasdik talked about his strengths, mistakes and misconceptions related to global health in Bangladesh and gave advice to the young audience to find their own ways as a dreamer in global health during the panel discussion with other young professionals.  This event was full of bold ideas to be generated with big impacts. He wants to encourage the juniors with a remark 'Be proactive, look for opportunities, and don't wait for them to find you'.  

This is the time for young scholars and researchers to look beyond borders to the network for building a healthier world for all; what Bangladeshi young healthcare professionals need is a transparent intention to support all the positive initiatives towards achieving excellence in health care.

The writer is an intern physician at Dhaka National Medical College and also coordinator, Senior Leadership Team, IFMSA Bangladesh
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