Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Health and Environment, Karlstad University
Postal address: Folkhälsovetenskap, Avdelningen för hälsa och miljö, Fakulteten för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper, Karlstad University, SE-651 88 Karlstad
Visiting address: Universitetsgatan 1
Web page: http://www.kau.se/folkhalsovetenskap
Collaborative initiative with Bangladesh
The Division of Public Health Sciences has been working to develop a collaborative initiative between Karlstad University and three renowned Bangladeshi institutions - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU); Institute of Child and Mother Health (ICMH); and Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB), all in Dhaka.
The initiative aims to develop both the research collaboration and educational exchange programme that started in 2010. In March 2011, the Swedish International Programme Office for Education and Training decided upon the eleventh round of Linnaeus Palme Exchange Programme grants, for the period 1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012. Karlstad University’s initiative was awarded a grant of SEK 80 000.
See the full list of South Asia collaboration projects awarded Linnaeus Palme grants for the period 2011-12.
In June 2011, Professor Moazzam Hossain from the BSMMU and Dr Aminur Rahman from the CIPRB visited Karlstad University. The trip was made possible through the Linnaeus Palme planning grant, with the aim at discussing the possibility to start a teacher-student exchange program between the KaU, BSMMU and CIPRB. In an exchange of trips, a two-membered group from the Department of Health and Environment, KaU is planning to visit the Bangladeshi institutions in February 2012.
During this collaborative process, contacts have also been developed with the Asian Disaster Prepared Centre (ADPC), located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Syed Monizzuraman and Fazlur
In November 2011, Professor Staffan Jansson and Dr. Syed Moniruzzaman received SEK 750 000 as a three year grant (2012-14) from the Swedish Research Links programme (funded by Sida and the Swedish Research Council) for a collaborative research project entitled ”Injury Risks and Abuse of Children in Occupational Settings in Bangladesh” in collaboration with Dr. Fazlur Rahman, Executive Director for the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Dhaka.
More information on the Swedish Research Links grants 2012.
Project abstract: By combining qualitative methods with existing surveillance data, the project aims to investigate the magnitude and characteristics of child injury aged 5-17 years in occupational sectors in Bangladesh. The joint research project will be started in 2012 and conducted by the partners. By desire to promote and facilitate cooperative exchange of ideas and knowledge, an initiative was initiated in 2010 between Karlstad University, Sweden and three well renowned Bangladeshi institutions see above. Researchers of both the countries will get the opportunities to share knowledge and skills and the data through this research program will be utilized for joint publications and exchange program for students of both countries who thereby will get opportunities to be enrolled in the doctoral program and the data will be used for preparing their thesis. The results of the project may help policy makers, business organizations and NGOs to understand and deal with the changing dynamics of the problem. Child labour and protection are very sensitive issues that goes beyond the social norms, where economic gain and survival are the key. To fight against child labour and to identify the severity of the problem in terms of injury in the working sectors in low income countries, the international community has to act together. Through the current project, the partners may have chance to contribute to development of data and knowledge in the national Bangladeshi context, using a variety of methodologies.