Bangladeshi-American professor nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Published : Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 at 1:10 PM Count : 536
University of Massachusetts Boston has nominated Bangladeshi-American professor Dr Ruhul Abid and his nonprofit organisation Health and Education for All (HAEFA) for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr Ruhul Abid is a professor at Brown University Alpert Medical School in the USA.
Prof Jean-Philippe Belleau of Anthropology Department at UMASS Boston confirmed media about the matter.
Dr Abid is one of 211 nominees for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
A graduate from Dhaka Medical College, Abid obtained his PhD degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University in Japan.
Throughout his career as a physician scientist in cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases, Dr. Abid has spearheaded numerous community health projects in Bangladesh.
He has implemented a programme providing volunteer-based health care for garment factory workers in Bangladesh since 2013 and for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar since 2017. These projects have provided free treatment and medicines as well as training in health education, nutrition, and personal and feminine hygiene.
Since October 2019, Dr. Abid and Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin, Director of Brown University Global Health Initiative, have been leading a two-year DFID/UNFPA-funded “See and Treat” cervical cancer screening program in the northern Bangladesh district of Kurigram.
In the Rohingya camps, Dr. Abid and HAEFA have been leading the efforts to develop a more inter-connected NCD-based health care delivery system using individualized Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
HAEFA works in the FDMN camps in collaboration with the Coordination Cell, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), RRRC, WHO, and other UN and national organizations.