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Emeritus Scientist, Climate Change and Health Initiative, HSPD, icddr,b
2012 - 2013
Adjunct Professor, Centre for Climate Change, Griffith University, Brisbane
2009 - 2010
Adjunct Professor, ADSRI, Australian National University, Canberra
2011 - 2014
Director, Centre for Population, Urbanization & Climate Change, icddr,b
1999 - 2014
Head, Matlab Health and Demographic Surveillance Unit, Head, Population Programme, PHSD, ICDDR,B, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Consultant (World Bank; AusAID; Population Concern, AVSC)
Country Representative, The Population Council, (Bangladesh Office)
Coordinator, Child Survival Project, Division of Demography & Sociology, Australian National University (ANU)
1983 - 1985
UNFPA Country Advisor (Indonesia), Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Post-Doctoral Fellow, seconded from Dept. of Demography, ANU)
Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Demography, Australian National University
Tutor in Demography, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
My current focus is on how aspects of climate change will impact health in Bangladesh, and similar countries. In particular how rising temperatures, changing monsoon patterns, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather events, will contribute to poor health through exacerbated vector borne diseases, changing flooding patterns, increasing heat stress, especially in cities, declining food security, and accelerated rural to urban migration.
To examine these impacts, considerable strengthening of health, demographic and other information systems will be required. Our experience running the Matlab Health and Demographic Surveillance System for 15 years is relevant, though other models of data gathering will also be required over coming decades. We will work with relevant Government and NGO agencies to increase the detection and surveillance capacity for vector borne diseases as well as non-infectious disease impacts of the above mentioned climate forces.