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Kazi Amdadul Hoque (Bangladesh)


Kazi Amdadul Hoque, MPH, MSS

Kazi is the Director of Strategic Planning and Head of Disaster Management at Friendship NGO, which serves over 4.2 million marginalized people in Bangladesh with Floating Hospitals, mobile healthcare, community medics and other programs. Mr. Hoque has over 22 years of experience in public health & community development. He has provided technical and management support to build capacity for more than 114 local NGOs, FBOs and CBOs, and 13 large NGOs, including BRAC, CARE, FIVDB, and RDRS through UNICEF, USAID, Save the Children International and more. His work focuses on strengthening health and family planning services for marginalized populations and he has worked on reproductive health, HIV & AIDS, immunization, integrated nutrition, disaster management, and education. He also has substantial experience in national-level advocacy, policy reform and strategic planning. He completed his Masters of Public Health from the University of New Castle and his Masters of Social Science from the University of Dhaka. He has authored or co-authored several books and articles. 

Kazi has earned three Masters Degrees: History, Public Health and Social Science.

Kazi works with the most environmentally vulnerable and some of Bangladesh’s poorest communities, which are particularly exposed to natural disaster, to bring positive change by promoting preparedness, mitigation and adaptation.

As a student volunteer in 1988 with climate refugees and flood/tornado victims, he realized the need for environmental sustainability, disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation. Professionally, since 1993, he has worked with UNICEF, USAID, Save the Children and now with Friendship ( Early on, he recognized that problems to be solved are multi-faceted and interlinked; for example, economic welfare requires a population that has access to healthcare and education. Successful healthcare relies upon knowledge of basic hygiene and a sanitation infrastructure, education cannot be promoted successfully where students suffer from hunger and improvements cannot be sustained if the results of people’s efforts are regularly wiped out by natural disasters.

He is expert in promoting a culture of comprehensive risk reduction: strengthening the capacity of the communities at risk, by linking basic services like health, water-sanitation, education and sustainable economic development at doorstep level. Kazi enhances the collective effort by engaging local government, institutions, schools and other grass root level organizations both practically and at the policy level, such as developing a guideline for housing in disaster prone areas.