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Dr. A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury Speaks to VOA About Rockefeller Foundation’s Public Health Program


Dr. A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury is an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation. He is based in Bangkok and oversees the Mekong delta region of south east Asia.

Dr. Chowdhury is also a Professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University in New York, and serves on the boards of many international initiatives and journals. He was a co-coordinator of the Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health and of the Joint Learning Initiative Working group on Priority Diseases.

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury was the Deputy Executive Director of BRAC in Bangladesh and Dean of the BRAC University James P. Grant School of Public Health. BRAC is one of the world’s largest NGOs that aim to eradicate poverty.

He is the co-recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award given by the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA for his work in making reading glasses available to the poor for improved livelihood.

In 2008 he received the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal. He is the Coordinator of Education Watch and Member-Secretary of the Health Watch, both civil society initiatives in Bangladesh. He published extensively on the role of women in community-based healthcare, nutrition, primary education, and poverty alleviation.

In an interview with Voice of America, Dr. Chowdhury spoke about Rockefeller foundation's Public health program as well as its’ Health Insurance Campaign.

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