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Mahfuza Mousumi (Bangladesh)

Director

Mahfuza Mousumi, MBBS, MPH, MPS

Mahfuza is a medical graduate and completed a Masters in Public Health in 2006 and a Masters in Population Sciences in 2005 from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has wide experience of working for mothers and children for improving access and quality health services those are underserved, marginalized and vulnerable due to environmental hazards. For over a decade Mahfuza has been working with national and international organizations and involved in various areas of sustainable development both institutional and community level. She has blended knowledge and skills on climate change issues and its devastating impact on maternal and child health – pregnancy and newborns in particular. In her recent portfolio as Project Manager with Save the Children International, she led a community based intervention to address the seasonality and its impact on newborn and under five years old particularly the management of pneumonia and diarrhea in coastal regions. Floods, droughts and excessive rainfalls or extreme high temperatures seriously increases disease burden for newborn and children.

Currently Mahfuza is working with Johns Hopkins University in USA and conducting research on maternal and child health issues in different developing countries. It has been observed that climate change significantly changing disease patterns and morbidity; increases the risk of infant and maternal mortality, birth complications, and poorer reproductive health especially in tropical, developing countries. She will concentrate her studies in the area of the impact climate change is having on the health and survival of the next generation.