Center of Excellence for Universal Health Coverage launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Last week I attended the [launch of the Center of Excellence for Universal Health Coverage]( at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, inaugurated the center with Mridul Chowdhury of Click Diagnostics, Dr. Prasanta Bhushan Barua of the Health Ministry and school officials speaking beforehand. Dr. Rodin emphasizes using technology for health and reducing disease burden for the community. Also this week, the Rockefeller Foundation initiated a “Public Health and Informatics" department at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Mr. Chowdhury of Click Diagnostics gave a presentation on mobile phone technology the organization is using with [BRAC's maternal health project in Dhaka City slums]( The presentation showcased how using technology in health care can minimize costs.

The meeting was attended by more that hundred participants from different government and non government organizations of Bangladesh especially who work for development sector and public health issues. The researchers and students of BRAC University were there too.
The center is a part of James P Grant Public Health School of BRAC university, one of the leading public health school in the development world. The center will focus on health care financing, health system and management and other relevant courses and research in alignment and coordination with different courses of the school.

Dr. Tim Evans, the school's dean, said there were three primary goals for the center. It would be charged with generating critical knowledge through research on health financing systems. Secondly, it would develop a competent workforce that can manage and lead new types of health financing arrangements based on prepayments. Thirdly, the center would enhance knowledge translation, learning from other countries and contexts, and ensure that policy makers and program leaders are equipped with the best evidence and knowledge translation function.

The center’s two partners are BRAC, the world’s largest NGO working in nine developing countries, and ICDDR,B, a leading international health research institute which fosters innovations in the development and delivery of global life-saving solution.