Department of Public Health
Professor Dr. Abu Naser Zafar Ullah  Associate Dean & Professor
Name :
Professor Dr. Abu Naser Zafar Ullah
Employee ID
724100046
Designation
Associate Dean & Professor  
Department
Department of Public Health
Faculty
Faculty of Allied Health Science
Personal Webpage
https://faculty.daffodilvarsity.edu.bd/profile/ph/zafar.html
E-mail
adeanfahs@daffodilvarsity.edu.bd, a.zafar@diu.edu.bd
Phone
Cell-Phone
01775325061
  • PhD; University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK).
    (PhD thesis: “Public-private partnership in TB care in LMICs”)
  • Post Doc., University of Leeds (UK)
  • MPH International (with Distinction); University of Leeds, UK
    (MPH thesis: GO-NGO Collaboration in TB care)
  • MBBS - Sylhet MAG Osmany Medical College; Bangladesh
  • Diploma in Hospital Administration (DHA); Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) - Learning and Teaching; University of Leeds, UK
  • Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) - in Logistics Management; USA

 

Additional Qualifications

  • Completed >10 CPD courses on TB Tobacco, M&E and research methods - UK.
  • Postgraduate Training (PGT) on Quality Reproductive Health; Manila; Philippines
  • PGT on Safe-Motherhood - UNICEF, Indonesia
  • PGT on: i) People Management; and ii) Time Management – UK

Areas of Expertise

  • Development of health policies and strategies
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in TB
  • Health project management,
  • Evaluation of complex health programs e.g. FP, TB, NCDs, geriatrics, and SRHR.

Core Skills

  • Effective leadership of professional teams and projects
  • Expertise in development of new academic programs and research
  • Ability to develop and advise on public health policies, health systems strengthening, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP); TB, and M&E
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Geographical Areas of Working Experience

  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA),
  • EU: The Netherlands, France
  • Asian countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines,
  • Middle-East countries: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iran
  • African countries: Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa

Books:

  1. Zafar Ullah A N (2012) Public-Private Partnership for TB Control: A Model for Bangladesh; University Press Ltd.; Dhaka, Bangladesh (in press)
  2. Walley J D; Zafar Ullah, A N; Barua P C (2011) Tuberculosis Case Management Guidebook: For Doctors and Other Health Workers published jointly by the National TB Control Program (NTP), Bangladesh and Nimble Press Ltd. 

Selected Reports and Journal Articles:

  1. Zafar Ullah A N and Tapash Roy (2019): External review of TB active case findings among children using electronic tool in Bangladesh; USAID
  2. Zafar Ullah A N and Pierre Pratley (2018) Report: Evaluation of Health Services of Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar; World Health Organization, Cox’s Bazar, 2018
  3. Zafar Ullah A N and Andalib Mahmud (2018) Report: Mapping of Actors and Needs Assessment of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for the Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox’s Bazar, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), 2018
  4. Pearson S; Parr J; Zafar Ullah A N; Omar M (2014) Supporting medical students to do international field research: a case study; Innovations in Education and Teaching International; Volume 51, 2014 -Issue 3; 277-291
  5. Zafar Ullah A N, Huque R, Akter S; Nasreen S, Akter H, Thomson H, Cameron I, Newell J N and Siddiqi K (2013) Children’s exposure to second hand smoke at homes in Bangladesh: A community survey; BMJ Open; 2013
  6. Zafar Ullah A N, Huque R, Hossain A, Akter S; Islam A; Newell J N (2012) Involving Private Medical Sector in TB control in Bangladesh: A mixed method study; BMJ Open; 2012; 2: e001534
  7. Zafar Ullah A N, Huque R, Hossain A; Akter S; Akter H; Newell J N (2012) TB at the workplace: Developing Partnerships with the garments industries in Bangladesh; International Journal of TB and Lung Diseases, 2012; 16(12):1637-42.
  8. Zafar Ullah A N, Huque R, Begum V, Newell J N, Gerein N (2010) Public-private partnership for TB control in Bangladesh: Role of Private Medical Practitioners in the management of TB patients; World Medical & Health Policy; Vol 2 (1), Article 13
  9. Zafar Ullah A N (2009) Rapid Community Assessment of Health Hazards from Industrial Pollution in Gazipur, Bangladesh; Report submitted to the USAID and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), York, UK.
  10. Zafar Ullah, A N, Newell J N; Ahmed J U; Hyder M A K; and Islam A (2006), Government NGO Collaboration: The Case of TB Control in Bangladesh. Health Policy and Planning, 21 (2): 143-55.
  11. Zafar Ullah A N; Humble M E (2006) Determinants of Oral Contraceptive Pills Use and its Discontinuation among Rural Women of Bangladesh, Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Vol: 5, Issue 2, 2006.
  12. Zafar Ullah A N (2005) On the same Side - Public-Private partnership in TB Control; Published in ID21 on March 2005 available at: www.id21.org
  13. Zafar Ullah A N, Lubben M, Newell J N (2004) A model for effective involvement of private medical practitioners in TB care, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 19 (3): 227-245.
  14. Zafar Ullah, A N (2001), “Enabling Community Participation for Safe Motherhood in Rural Bangladesh”. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) publication SHATHI, Issue 1, pp 7-10, 2001.

Sponsored Conference Presentations (Selected)

  1. Zafar Ullah A N (2018) Organized a Scientific Session at 49th UNION Conference on TB & Lung Health 24-27 October 2018. The Hague, The Netherlands
  2. Zafar Ullah A N (2018) Attended as a sponsored reviewer at the TB REACH Grantee Conference, Bangkok, Thailand; 27-31 August 2018
  3. Zafar Ullah A N (2013) Attended the prestigious GBC Health conference in New York as a sponsored, key note speaker from 15 – 17 May 2013. My presentation topic ‘Women in the Workplace: Improving Access to Tuberculosis Care for Garments Workers in Bangladesh’ was rated as one of the top 3 sessions of the conference.
  4. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2013) Public-Private Partnership Model for Linking Private Medical Practitioners in TB care in Bangladesh; at 4th Union Asia Pacific Region Conference on Lung Health (APRC 2013) 10-13 April 2013, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  5. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2012) Beyond collaboration: exploring partnership with the corporate sector for sustainable TB control in Bangladesh; 43rd World Conference on Lung Health of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  6. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2012) Public-private partnerships for TB control in Bangladesh: a framework for sustainable partnerships with private sector health care providers; 43rd World Conference on Lung Health of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  7. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2012) Public-Private Partnership Model for Linking Private Medical Practitioners in TB care in Bangladesh; Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Beijing, China.
  8. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2011) Public-private partnership in TB control in Bangladesh: factors affecting scale-up; 42nd World Conference on Lung Health of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Lille, France.
  9. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2011) Scaling up of public-private partnership in Bangladesh TB control: successes and system-wide effects; 42nd World Conference on Lung Health of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Lille, France.
  10. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2010) Tackling TB in the workplace: experience of working with garment factories in Bangladesh; 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, 11-15 November 2010, Berlin, Germany.
  11. Zafar Ullah, A N, Barua P C; Newell J N; Islam A (2008), Models linking Private Providers with the TB Control Programs in South Asian Countries; 39th Union World Conference on Lung Health, 16-20 November 2008, Paris, France.
  12. Zafar Ullah A N et al (2007) Government-NGO collaboration in TB prevention and care: the case of TB control in Bangladesh; 38th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Cape Town, South Africa.
  13. Hyder MAK, Zafar Ullah A N et al (2005) Knowledge, attitude and practices of private practitioners in adopting DOTS strategies in pilot areas of Dhaka city of Bangladesh: expansion of dots among private practitioners; 36th Union World Conference on Lung Health; October 18 – 22, 2005 Paris, France.
  14. Zafar Ullah, A N, Gerein N (1997) Community Participation for Safe Motherhood in Rural Bangladesh; presented in the Safe Motherhood Asia 1997 Workshop, CIDA & UNICEF-sponsored event held in Ujung Pandang, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Research and Consultancies:

Principal Investigator and Project Leader of the following selected research projects:

  • Using Artificial intelligence to detect COVID – 19; DIU. 2020
  • Evaluation of use of mobile app in identifying presumptive TB case in children in Bangladesh, IRD/USAID 2019
  • Public-Private Partnerships projects in TB – funded by TB REACH in Ethiopia (on-going)
  • Evaluation of Health Services of Rohingyas in Bangladesh funded by WHO (2018) – grant size: 60,000 euros.
  • Needs Assessment and Capacity Assessment of Actors on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Bangladesh funded by SIDA (2018-19) – Grant size: 75,000 euros
  • Evaluation of maternal health and family planning program of three NGOs in Bangladesh (2016-2017) – Grant size: 30,000 pounds
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in TB care in Bangladesh (2004 - 2015) - Designed and implemented pilot phase of the PPP in TB care in collaboration with the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP). – Grant size: 485,000 pounds (GBP) (Part of a 5-year consortium of total grant 5 million GBP)
  • Scale up of the PPP in TB care in Bangladesh (2011-2015).- Grant size: 500,000 GBP (Part of a larger project from DFID worth 7.5 million GBP)
  • Developing Partnerships with the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and garments industries (Pilot Phase) – Grant size 100,000 GBP
  • Scaling Up of the PPP for TB Control with the garments industries (DFID and The Global Fund)
  • Developing Effective linkages between Public and Private sector Providers for the prevention, care and support of STIs in Bangladesh (2008 - 2009)
  • Quality Assessment of Directly Observed Treatment (DOT) under National TB Control Program (NTP), Bangladesh. (2006 - 2007) – Grant size: 40,000 pounds
  • Quality assessment in smear sputum microscopy at district level under the National TB Control Program (NTP) (2006 - 2007) - Grant size: 40,000 pounds
  • Stigma and discrimination associated with TB in Asia (2007 - 2009), funded jointly by ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research
  • ‘Smoke Free Homes’ in selected urban and rural areas in Bangladesh funded by the University of York, UK (2010 – 2013)
  • Reducing exposure of children to second hand smoking: a pilot study (2010 - 2012), funded by the University of York, UK
  • Improving effectiveness of the primary health care (PHC) through operationalizing Community Clinics (CCs) in rural Bangladesh: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (2011 - 2015)
  • Family Planning (FP) project (2011 - 2015) – to develop a PPP model to increase utilization of long-acting FP methods.
  • Health Service Delivery (HSD) Research Program Consortium in Bangladesh through Community Clinics (2011 - 2015). DFID funded, (Total funding £7.5 million)
  • Improving effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh and the Research Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases in Bangladesh (known as BIRDEM) (2011 – 2015).

Professional Memberships:

  • PPM-TB WHO (2006 - 2013)
  • Member, National TB Control Program (NTP) Bangladesh (2004 – 2016)
  • Member of Faculty Ethics Committee, University of Leeds (2002 – 2013)
  • UKPHA (Since 2001)
December 2017 – December 2019 Head of International Public Health Programs and Senior Advisor
Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Main duties:
  • Head of the Department of Public Health (with 48 faculty members)
  • Direct the academic programs – Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master in International Health (MIH)
  • Teach and coordinate modules in the areas of international public health, especially communicable disease control (e.g. TB), social determinants, health promotion, STHR & FP, health policy, management and nutrition.
  • Supervise students’ projects and theses
  • Advise, develop policies for, and conduct research in global Health; in particular, health system strengthening, PPP, TB, health workforce development, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), WASH, nutrition, M&E, and project management
  • Provide expertise on developing public-private partnerships and on building capacity for private sector institutes in public health
  • Provide expertise in the field of public health in fragile settings.
July 2015-November 2017 Director and Principal Consultant Public Health
Health Capital UK Ltd
Main duties:
  • Advise country programs on public health policies, TB, and FP.
  • Conduct evaluation of health programs (TB, RH, FP, Tobacco, NCD, and Refugee Health) in South Asian Countries.
  • Advise on public-private partnerships and build capacity for private sector institutes and NGOs in health service delivery
  • Provide consultancy on stakeholder analysis, and grant proposal writing.
  • Help NGOs to develop capacity on advocacy and networking.
September 2002 - June 2015 Principal Lecturer in International Public Health
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), University of Leeds, UK
Main duties:
  • Managed two courses on International Health – MSc in International Health and Intercalated BSc in International Health (iBSc)
  • Taught international public health topics to undergraduate (e.g. iBSc) and postgraduate (MPH, MSc in International Health) courses, which included public health policies and systems; Health management and leadership, health promotion, partnerships in health service delivery (TB in particular); population health (RH & FP); nutrition, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases; private sector analysis, social marketing and behavioural change communications, M&E; refugee health; and community participation.
  • Assess students works and exams
  • Supervised masters students and students’ research projects
  • Mentored junior colleagues
  • Supervised medical student projects and placements.
2011 - 2013 Co-Deputy Head for Research
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), University of Leeds, UK
Main duties:
  • Development of a comprehensive research strategy aiming to attract more research/doctoral scholarships
  • Lead TB Knowledge Research Program (DFID funded)
  • Manage collaborative research projects with LMICs partners
2012 - 2013 External Examiner
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Liverpool University
Main duties:
  • Academic examination of masters and diploma courses in public health and tropical medicine
2008 - 2012 Program Director and Admission Tutor; MSc in International Health
Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development, University of Leeds, UK
Main duties:
  • Developed and delivered the curriculum and syllabus of new MSc in International Health program
  • Designed and led 4 core module for MSc in International Health including Communicable Diseases Module (TB, HIV, & Malaria)
  • Coordinated the admission and scholarships for MSc in International Health
2004 - 2008 Program Director; Intercalated BSc in International Health
Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development, University of Leeds, UK
Main duties:
  • Directed BSc in International Health program
  • Coordinated and taught core modules and supervised students’ projects.
  • Advise Leeds PCT on TB and Tobacco programs
2006 - 2013 Member, Institute Ethics Committee
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, UK
Main Duties:
  • Provided ethical guidance to research projects as the member of the Faculty Ethics Committee
2006 - 20013 Principal Investigator & Lead (DFID Funded COMDIS-HSD projects)
DFID-funded Health Service Delivery (COMDIS-HSD) Research Program Consortium (RPC) in South-Asian countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, & Pakistan)
Main duties:
  • Designed and implemented projects on Family Planning, communicable and non-communicable diseases research projects in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, private sector organizations and NGOs (BRAC, PSTC, PSKP and others)
2008 - Present Founder and CEO
Society for Empowerment, Education and Development (SEED)
Main duties:
  • Overall organisation and management of SEED
  • Led the partnership projects with the Bangladesh NTP (on PPP-TB)
  • Lead international research projects on PPP in TB, Child TB, Family Planning (FP), tobacco cessation; smoke free homes, and diabetes care
1995 - 2001 Senior Program Monitor and National Adviser
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Main duties:
  • Worked as senior technical planner and monitor to the CIDA-and multi-donor funded Health and Population Reform Program in Bangladesh
  • Provided technical advice to the Ministry of Health and other co-financiers/development partners (e.g. DFID, USAID, AusAid, ADB, UNDP, WHO, SIDA and Netherlands Embassy) on health sector reforms, SWAps, and decentralization
  • Acted as a senior technical member of the World Bank-led missions to evaluate the performance of the Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Program (HNPSP).
  • Advised the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), and various NGOs to design, implement and evaluate various health interventions in Bangladesh under HNPSP.
  • Managed CIDA’s bilateral fund worth 64 million Canadian Dollars in 5 years to support Bangladeshi health NGOs and to implement RH and FP programs and to promote GO-NGO collaborations.
1992 - 1995 Project Director, Health and Nutrition Project,
Save the Children (UK)
Main duties:
  • Designed and managed UNHCR-funded multi-million dollars health and nutrition project
  • Led a multi-disciplinary team of 165 project staff including doctors, nurses and auxiliary health workers
  • Advised UNHCR and other International NGOs (Save the Children (UK), MSF and Oxfam) to develop health and nutrition programs
  • Conducted needs assessment of women and children
  • Designed a therapeutic and supplementary feeding program
  • Managed mother and child health clinics with special attention to vaccination, family planning and nutritional deficiencies for the 77 thousand Rohingya refugees

1990 - 1991

Commander, Field Hospital, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
UN Multi-National Forces, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Main duties:

  • Advised the UN Multi-national Forces and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Managed 40-bedded Field Hospital for the military personnel
  • Advised the UN Forces and MOD in public health during 1st Gulf War
  • Worked side by side with US Marine Corps as Second in Command and public health specialist.
1988 - 1990 Second-in-Command (in the rank of Major)
Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Savar, Bangladesh.
Main duties:
  • Managed Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Savar cantonment
  • Acted as health administrator and general practitioner
  • Maintained TB ward for soldiers
  • Coordinated training programs for the Army Medical Corps
1984 - 1988 Second-in-Command (in the rank of Major)
Army Medical Corps Training Centre, Rajshahi Cantonement.
Main duties:
  • Deputized AMC Centre Rajshahi cantonment
  • Coordinated training programs for the Army Medical Corps
1982 - 1984 Adjutant (in the rank of Major)
Armed Forces Medical Institute (AFMI) Dhaka 
Main duties:
  • Adjutant of Armed Forces Medical Institute (Later, Medical College, Dhaka cantonment
  • Acted as health administrator of AFMI
  • Maintained TB ward for soldiers
  • Coordinated training programs for the Army Medical Corps
   
1981 - 1982 Medical Officer
Sylhet MAG Osmany Medical College, Bangladesh
Main duties:
  • Managed the clinical practice of Paediatric ward, Sylhet Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh.
  • MO for A&E