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Nahitun Naher


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Centre Affiliation
  • Centre Of Excellence For Health Systems And Universal Health Coverage (COE-HS&UHC)


Short Biography

Dr. Nahitun Naher is a public health specialist with expertise in designing and conducting public health including social science research. Experienced on public health issues of Bangladesh and low- and middle-income countries. Extensive experience on operation research issues, research management and mentoring in multi-disciplinary, multi-ethnic environment. Dr Naher is a graduate of Z.H. Sikder Medical College (2002), Dhaka Bangladesh. She has a master’s in healthcare quality improvement from University of Helsinki, (2008) Finland and postgraduation in public health and hygiene from Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (2012), Delhi, India. Published in peer reviewed international journals, authored research monographs and working papers. Attended and presented papers in many international seminars, conferences and workshops. Her research interest includes health system, health workforce, health equity, marginalized population, adolescent health, universal health coverage, health sector corruption, pharmaceutical promotion, pharmaceutical research and development, infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, road traffic injury etc.

Research Interests

UHC Health system AMR Anti-corruption Pharmaceuticals Social accountability Community Engagement


  • MQI (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • MBBS (ZH Sikder Womens Medical College, Bnagladesh)
  • DPHH (Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, India)

Module(s) taught (in MPH)

  • MPH 530: Health System Management

Selected publications

  • “Naher N, Balabanova D, McKee M, Khan MA, Roy P, Ahmed SM, Hutchinson E (2022). Absenteeism among doctors in the Bangladesh health system: What are the structural drivers? SSM-Qualitative Research in Health. DOI:10.1016/j.ssmqr.2022.100089.”

  • “Naher N, Balabanova D, Hutchinson E, Marten R, Hoque R, Tune SNBK, Bushra Zarin Islam BZ, Ahmed SM. (2020). Do social accountability approaches work? A review of the literature from selected-low and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia region. Health Policy and Planning, 35: i76–i96. DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czaa107. ”

  • “Naher N, Hoque R, Hassan MS, Dina Balabanova D, Adams AM, Syed Masud Ahmed SM. (2020).The influence of corruption and governance in the delivery of frontline health care services in the public sector: a scoping review of current and future prospects in low and middle-income countries of south and south-east Asia. BMC Public Health 20:880 DOI:”

  • “Ahmed SM, Naher N, Tune SNBK, Islam B.Z. (2022). The Implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Bangladesh: Challenges and Lessons Learned from a Cross-Sectional Qualitative Study. Antibiotics 11;690. DOI: ”

  • “Ahmed SM, Naher N, Hossain T, Rawal LB. (2017). Exploring the status of retail private drug shops in Bangladesh and action points for developing an accredited drug shop model: a facility based cross-sectional study. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 10:21. ”

Current projects

  • Empowering Bangladesh's youth through adolescent health. Funded by World Bank.
  • Feasibility of implementing Trauma Registry (TR) and Trauma Systems Improvement Program (TSIP) in four District Hospitals of Bangladesh with high RTI burden. Funded by World Bank.
  • New business models for innovation and access to medicines (New business models for R&D in the global south project, Graduate Institute of Genva/Global Health Centre. funded by OSUN). []
  • SoNAR Global: Mobilising social sciences against infectious threats (Funded by EC under Horizon 2020). []