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Australia Awards alumnus Dr Aninda Rahman’s ambition was always to become a leader in disease surveillance and to be a health policymaker. He is fulfilling this dream—and changing lives—as the Deputy Program Manager (antimicrobial resistance containment, viral hepatitis and diarrhoea control program) of the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) unit at the Bangladesh Directorate General of Health Services. In this role, he provides essential support to improve public health capacities that are needed to detect and respond to communicable diseases.

Notably, Dr Rahman has been active in Bangladesh’s response to the outbreak of COVID-19. He has produced key documents and has helped train doctors and frontline workers to respond better to the pandemic.

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COVID-19 has affected all of us but has had a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable groups, such as special needs children and their families. For children with developmental challenges, loss of social contact and changes in routines can be particularly intense. In response, Australia Awards alumna Nurunnahar Nupur is using digital technology to support such children in Bangladesh.

Nupur is the Managing Director / Founder of ‘Positive Thinking’ in Bangladesh, a school for children with special needs. As an occupational therapist, Nupur is helping children with disability and their families to adapt to the changes and maintain their wellbeing during the pandemic.

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Australia Awards alumnus Dr Mohammod Jobayer Chisti is a globally renowned scientist, research paediatrician and expert in infectious diseases. In 2015, he led the invention of a low-cost oxygen therapy apparatus to treat children with severe pneumonia and hypoxemia. He is now modifying this device as a means of overcoming the shortage of ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

Dr Chisti is Clinical Lead of the Intensive Care Unit at Dhaka Hospital and a Senior Scientist at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Together with his team at icddr,b, Dr Chisti invented a low-cost version of a bubble continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This innovation produced a cheap and effective method of oxygen therapy that uses shampoo bottles to treat children with severe pneumonia. It received the People’s Choice Award for Most Promising Childhood Pneumonia Innovation at the Pneumonia Innovations Summit in New York in 2015.

More recently, Dr Chisti has been working closely with the Government of Bangladesh on research activities and capacity building as part of its COVID-19 response. He is now focusing on optimising the treatment of adult COVID-19 patients with severe pneumonia by using an adapted version of the low-cost bubble CPAP machine.

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Four Australia Awards alumni from Nepal have successfully completed their Alumni Disability Initiative Grant (ADIG) projects in 2020. Each grant recipient received up to AUD1000 for their ADIG projects through a competitive application process for Australia Awards alumni. In total, more than 100 community members, particularly people with disability, directly benefited from the four alumni projects, the implementation of which was adjusted to the context and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic where necessary.

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Australia Awards alumna Tania Ferdous has been contributing to Bangladesh’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a vital participant in government-led relief initiatives such as distributing financial assistance.

During the crucial first months of the pandemic, Tania was working as a Senior Assistant Commissioner and Executive Magistrate in Rangpur, a district in northern Bangladesh that witnessed a high number of COVID-19 positive cases. In addition to performing her regular magisterial duties, Tania used her leadership skills to motivate people to follow safety protocols such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. She also worked on practical and legal initiatives to maintain market stability.

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