Bangladeshi physician Dr. Nowsheen Sharmin Purabi is going to join an important fellowship training of Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in the United States of America in the first week of August 2016.
She will attend the “Community Solution Program 2016-17” and complete the fellowship of four months. She achieved this rare opportunity in recognition of her continual contribution for health education and door step services to women’s health.
Dr. Nowsheen Sharmin Purabi, the presenter of a popular health program ‘Tonu Mon’of Bangladesh Television participated in a professional exchange program ‘International Visitor Leadership Program’ by invitation of the Government of the United State of America previously in 2012.
Nowsheen Sharmin Purabi at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012
She participated ‘Public Health Issues in The US’ successfully on behalf of Bangladesh when her expenses were sponsored by the Government of the USA like the present visit.
Dr. Purabi is at a time a Gynecologist and consultant, writer, teacher, researcher and dedicated health right activist. Possibly she is the first physician of Bangladesh who delivered the health information and door step services to the thousands of women using the mass media and information technology. Her activities are challenging taboos, eradicating malpractice.
Using the social networking media, YouTube “Dr. Purabi’s Help Desk” provides free reproductive health education and information to the women, mother and adolescent girls. Her writings and lectures on the different issues of the maternal, adolescent, reproductive health are considered beneficial to the health workers and students of the medical sciences also. She has been serving to ensure ‘Good Health for All’ through health education, motivation, and available services.
In answer to a question Dr. Purabi says, if the decision-making power of the womenfolk is ensured regarding the reproductive health issues if proper utilization of the current govt. and non-govt. health facilities is ensured for the women if voluntary activities and community participation are increased then female health will be preserved well and their personal expenses in this purpose will be reduced. It is necessary to work for female health, birth control, cancer screening, side by side with lifestyle modification, mental health, food and nutrition and obesity control.
Dr. Purabi says, at the eve of starting her professional career she found the root of health problems when she was about to provide the free medical services in her native village at Gazipur. She found that not only poverty but the lack of health education and motivation is the main barrier in the way of female reproductive health services in Bangladesh.
Dr. Purabi described her experiences of one decade back in such a way,‘The mass ignorance on reproductive health care surprised me. Women were ignorant, hesitant and sometimes financially incapable of receiving the health service from the physician. As a result of delaying they face complex health problems, treatment cost, and sufferings increases even their lives become at stake.’
Side by side with the professional, personal and different social activities Dr. Purabi has been serving as Registrar of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Anwer Khan Modern Medical College & Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is married and mother of one daughter. She expects the blessing of Allah as prayed by all.