Upcoming Events

Upcoming GHI Events 

Global Health Lecture - Technology and Medicine: Improving the Health of Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh 
Nov 16, 2015, 12pm - 1pm

Alpert Medical School
222 Richmond Street
Case Study Room 270

Ruhul Abid, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery (Research)
Brown University

Dr. Ruhul Abid is Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiovascular Research Center. Before starting his career as a researcher in cardiovascular disease, he worked in the tea producing northeastern region of Bangladesh as a physician. He helped develop and implement a community-based health care delivery system for plantation workers and their family members. It was one of the first global health projects in Bangladesh that introduced the concept of Family Health Card and Community-based Health Workers (CHWs). During his tenure at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Abid continued working on global health issues in developing countries. He helped international organizations (e.g. ClickDiagnostics, DNet) develop mobile phone-based (m-Health) ante- and post-natal care delivery and tagging systems for high-risk pregnancy cases in Bangladesh. Shortly after joining Brown University Alpert Medical School, the tragic event of the garment factory (Rana Plaza) collapse happened in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2013. He mobilized a health care team that included physicians and students from the US to go to Dhaka, and recruited local health care workers to provide free-of-cost health care to the workers of the garment factories. During this trip he collaborated with BRAC Health to provide treatment for tuberculosis for those garment workers. Dr. Abid now has an ongoing collaboration with BRAC Health, Bangladesh for their m-Health program in Dhaka.