Cover Photo: Reuters A few days ago, I read a report on The Telegraph that discusses how the coronavirus has exposed deep societal divides in Bangladesh. The interviewees in the report talked about non-compliance with lockdowns, community-led approach and the country's fragile health system. These are all genuine concerns and thoughts. I wanted to add … Continue reading Why Local Context Matters in “Solving” Pandemics
Published in Dhaka Tribune | May 13, 2020Photos by Mahmud Hossain Opu Dhaka’s streets are no longer empty. Shops are slowly reopening. There are rickshaws and cars. Traffic is beginning to pile on. Emerging out of a 43-day “lockdown”, some are calling the country’s guidelines in limiting public interactions a “new normal”. Most people, including … Continue reading How Pandemics Should Not End
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I'm glad to see zonal lockdown is finally coming to fruition albeit the fact it's been months since it was first proposed. While Tolarbagh provides a good model, it's important to remember that the outbreak has progressed aggressively since Tolarbagh days and community transmission is widespread. This means plans need to be revisited with newer … Continue reading Will “Tolarbagh Model” (Zonal Lockdown) Work for Bangladesh In Containing the Outbreak?
Published in Berkeley Public Policy Journal | April 22, 2020 Co-authored with Rifaiyat Mahbub Since the implementation of lockdowns in developing countries, debates have ensued on whether the poor will starve to death before the virus kills them. People are on the streets demanding the right to wages and food. In the US, a country with a much larger GDP … Continue reading Will Easing Social Distancing Save the Poor?
Published in The Daily Star | March 24, 2020 The World’s Most Densely Populated City is A Ticking Time Bomb in Our Race Against the Pandemic Growing up in a house composed of doctors and public health professionals, I am no stranger to dinner conversations quickly turning to blood, mucus and infectious diseases. In high population … Continue reading While the Coronavirus Does Not Discriminate, Health Systems Do
In the fall of 1998, Niloufer Manzur sent a letter to her students in Sunbeams. Dhaka, along with the rest of the country, was completely flooded. Millions were homeless. Schools were cancelled. In her letter, Mrs. Manzur asked her students to be patient and give to charity. She was optimistic we will emerge out of … Continue reading Losing Our Guardian Angel to COVID-19