Dr. Hailida Akhter



Dr. Halida is a medical graduate from Dhaka Medical College, Dr. Akhter received her MCPS in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She then earned her MPH and Dr.PH in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

She obtained EIS, Epidemic Intelligence Services training at the  Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, under a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.

Dr. Halida Akhter is currently Director General of FPAB, a Member Association of IPPF, (International Planned Parenthood Federation), a renowned voluntary organization working  towards promotion of Reproductive Health and Rights.

Dr. Halida Hanum Akhter, of Bangladesh, won 2006 United Nations Population Award. The Award goes each year to individuals and institutions for their outstanding work in population and in improving the health and welfare of individuals.

She has also received  'Host Country Award for Scientific Achievement' in the10th Asian Conference on Diarrheal Disease and
Nutrition, December, 2003.

In 1997, she received the "Outstanding International Alumnus Award for Science/Research" of Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health's, Society of Alumni, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Dr. Halida is the recipient of the "Developing Countries- Award 1995" of the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany. This award was conferred as a recognition of outstanding contribution to improve the health status of women and children through scientific work in family planning and health service delivery as well as life-long research, practical training of field personnel and extensive consultancy engagement for both the government and the NGO sector in the Family Welfare Programs in Bangladesh.

Dr. Akhter holds numerous professional affiliations in the areas of family planning, maternal and child health, and population research. Prior to HPL, she was the director of the Bangladesh Institute of Research for Promotion of Essential & Reproductive Health Technologies (BIRPERHT). Her career has included positions with the Ford Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Bank.

Since 1985 she has been serving in many WHO -HRP committees including Member, Steering Committee of WHO Task Force on Safety and Efficacy of Fertility Regulation,  Abortion, MCH and Special Program for Research in Reproductive Health (HRP), World Health Organization, Geneva,

Dr. Akhter has served as  member in various committees  including, IMAP;(International Medical Advisory Panel) of IPPF, London;
Technical Advisory Panel, Evaluation of Alternate Business Model, Carolina Population Center, North Carolina; Senior Reproductive Health Advisor, Partners in Population and Development, Mahakhali, Dhaka. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of Ethical Review Committee (ERC) of ICDDR,B ;

Dr. Akhter's current academic affiliations include her role as Honorary Dean at Shanto Marium University in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a faculty position as Senior Associate with the Johns Hopkins University.

She serves as on the board of a number of organizations including Chairperson of Board of PATH, Seattle;

Director of Board of Family Health International, North Carolina; and Social Marketing Company, Bangladesh,

Chairperson of the Executive Council of several organizations including, Bangladesh Women's Health Coalition, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Community Development Association.





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