Month: October 2019

An Afternoon With Prof. Dr. Halida Hanum Akhter

Distinguished Physician Halida Hanum Akhter visited ” O AA KA KHA ” school savar branch on 24 September, 2019. Dr Halida joined with the students and volunteers on a programme ” An afternoon with Professor Halida Hanum Akhter “. She spent there several hours and delivered valuable speech to the audience . The programme was started with the National Anthem of Bangladesh . Students performed a nice cultural session for the honor of Professor Halida . They performed with dance, song, poem recitation etc. Halida observed the various activities of the school . She praised the vocational activities of the school .

Dr Halida Hanum Akhter is a reproductive health epidemiologist with over 30 years of national and international experience . She is a medical graduate and obtained Membership of College of Physician and Surgeon (MCPS) in OB/GYN , MPH and Dr. PH from Johns Hopkins University following which , as a Rockefeller Fellow , she served as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta , GA. Dr. Akhter has served over 20 years on many committees of WHO Geneva , International Medical Advisory Panel of IPPF London , steering committee on Alternate Business Model of Packard Foundation , and several others . She served in the Board of Directors of Family Health International and PATH and has participated in evaluations of large reproductive health programs of WHO/HRP , UNFPA , USAID , the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/IPPF , and the Ford Foundation.

Dr. Akhter was Founding CEO of the Bangladesh Institute of Research for Promotion of Essential and Reproductive Health Technologies (BIRPERHT) for 16 years ; she was Director General of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) , and Founder of a grassroots-level organization (Society for Health Promotion Links) that trains women to become community maternity practitioners in rural Bangladesh .

Dr. Akhter has received an Outstanding JHU Alumni Award and is a member of the Dean’s Alumni Council of the School . She has also received the Justus Liebig University’s Developing Country Award in 1995 and the prestigious United Nation’s Population Award in 2006 (Laureate in the Individual Category , 2006).

Dr. Akhter was the Chief of Party on the USAID-DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project , a Senior Country Representative with Pathfinder International during 2013-18.

Dr. Akhter currently is a faculty of the Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , Baltimore, Maryland.