Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health professor of Population and Family Health, was honored by University Press Limited (UPL), the premier publishing house in Bangladesh. Dr. Chowdhury was recognized with a crest for the “outstanding impact” of his book “A Simple Solution; Teaching Millions to Treat Diarrhea at Home.” The book which was written with Dr. Richard Cash of the Harvard School of Public Health was published in 1996.
[Photo: Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury]
Dr. Chowdhury, who joined the Mailman School in 2004, is also vice chairperson of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) NGO (nongovernmental organization) in Bangladesh, which is particularly concerned with poverty alleviation, education, and health. He is the founding dean of BRAC University’s James P. Grant School of Public Health in Bangladesh and also founded the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC. With over 50,000 full-time staff, BRAC is one of the largest non-governmental development organizations in the world. Dr. Chowdhury is also a board member of South Asia Centre of London School of Economics, president of Asian Action Alliance for Human Resources in Health (AAAH) and lead group member of UN’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.
In addition to his ties to Bangladesh, Dr. Chowdhury has worked internationally in Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, China, and Ethiopia. From 2009 – 2012, he served as senior advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation, Thailand, overseeing the health portfolio of the Foundation in Asia. In 2013, the Lancet published a profile of Dr. Chowdhury. He is the recipient of the 2017 “Medical Excellence Award” given by the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).