The Founder

Ishrat Naher Erina

Ishrat Naher Erina is a pharmacist and health science practitioner from Bangladesh. She has started her early career in the extensive research on sex education, reproductive organs, infertility management, and mental health at a foreign research firm. Currently, she has been running a non-profit pilot project, Prescription Bangladesh, to promote sex education in order to provide young minds with the facts of reproductive health and associated topics, including relationships, and at the same time to encourage a responsible and sensible attitude to these issues. She believes that sex education is an integral part of the lifelong learning process, and should be begun in early childhood and continue into adult life in order to encourage personal and social development and foster self-esteem, self-awareness, a sense of moral responsibility, and the confidence and ability to resist abuse, social taboos and unwanted experience with a view to ensure a good and secured mental health condition. The Prescription Bangladesh team would prefer school, college and parents to play a part in this sensitive area, by being informed and involved in the development of the educational program, so that students can continue discussions at home or with friends or closed ones and, therefore, they can earn knowledge on sex education. Now, she has dedicated herself to persue the higher study in the field of life science where she works on human physiology and distracted mental health.

Our Advisers 

Abu Sayed Hasan

Abu Sayed Hasan is currently working in UNFPA-Bangladesh as Program Specialist-SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health), and has been managing a large-scale reproductive health program with MOH&FW and NGOs. He has been providing technical guidance to the national and sub-national level government officials for strengthening delivery and access to equitable, effective and quality family planning and ASRH services. He is passionate about meeting the standard sexual and reproductive health rights for all women and adolescents across the globe. Hasan has dedicated his life to championing rights based quality family planning information
and services for all the disadvantaged communities. He played a catalytic role in reactivating the FP2020 Bangladesh Country Engagement Working Group (BCEWG). He has designed an innovative program to generate evidence to advocate for reaching newlywed couples through engaging marriage registers and religious leaders to delay adolescent pregnancy.

He led the working group to develop a national action plan on postpartum, post-menstrual-regulation and post-abortion-care family planning and inclusion of Implant and progesterone-only pill (POP) as immediate PPFP methods. He has introduced and implemented a national family planning campaign through the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), in the low-performing districts and sub districts to enhance the demand for family planning among adolescents and youth and to reduce the unmet contraceptive need and user dropouts.

Prior to joining UNFPA Dr Hasan also worked with UNICEF, WHO and GAVI in Bangladesh and Nigeria. Recently, he has been awarded 2017 winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Juwel Rana

Juwel Rana works as a Research Scholar at the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. As an Erasmus scholar, he has just completed Double MPH Degree with specialization in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Sheffield, UK and EHESP School of Public Health, France. His research interests include environmental epidemiology, reproductive health, and exposure to environmental pollutants, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruptors, health risk assessment, chronic disease, inequality, and medical sociology. Previously, he did BSS and MSS in Sociology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has published journal articles and book chapters on environmental health, women and child health, cardiovascular problems, smoking, social determinants of health, and health inequality in different national and international journals. He has also taught Sociology at different public and private universities for three years in Bangladesh. He is the Regional Editor of Global Dialogue Magazine published by International Sociological Association, Executive Editor of the South Asian Journal of Social Sciences and founder of the South Asia Institute for Social Transformation (SAIST), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jean Christophe

Trained as a medical doctor and public health professional, Jean Christophe’s work has been in clinical practice, public health advocacy and research. He is currently a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He leads the demographic dividend work of the institute and co-chairs the international conference on family planning that happens every two years bringing together more than 4000 professionals working in the domain of family planning and population health. In the past, he has worked as a clinician in different hospitals in Rwanda before joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to pursue his Master of Public Health as a Sommer Scholar. He is one of the first 40 awardees of the 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders recognizing his public health practice work through the Healthy People Rwanda, a local non-profit that he founded, and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning that he co-founded. His current work focuses on promoting evidence-based public health practice and youth leadership for family planning and reproductive health in the developing world particularly the integration of men in family planning and demographic dividend in public health planning and practice.

Nandeeta Samad

Nandeeta Samad, Lecturer, Department of Public Health, North South University, pursued her second post-graduation in Public Health from the University of East London, United Kingdom. She completed her BSc and MSc from Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka. She has been awarded as Associate Fellow of Royal Commonwealth Society on the strength of her immense contribution in community development activities and public health research. She sets her sights on constantly developing herself as an accomplished public health scientist through teaching and conducting research where she can unveil expertise for establishing sustainable development in terms of health in Bangladesh and throughout the globe.

Digital Media Marketing Team

Innovation Softs

Innovation Softs has been with Prescription Bangladesh from the inception. With more than 5 years of experience in Web content & Digital Marketing we have been successfully designing and launching campaigns around the world. We are very proud to be a part of “Prescription Bangladesh” and we do consider it as one of our biggest success. To learn more about us and our services please visit our website .