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Hasna Hena Sara

Senior Research Associate

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Centre Affiliation
  • Centre Of Excellence For Urban Equity And Health (CUEH)



Short Biography

Hasna Hena Sara works as a Senior Research Associate at the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. Currently, she is working on a multi-country research project “Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities (PEHC)” initiated by the “Our Planet, Our Health” programme of the Wellcome Trust. Sara successfully completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences, and Master of Social Sciences degrees from the Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka. She was awarded a Merit Scholarship for her outstanding results in bachelor’s programs. Her research interest includes Population Health, Urban Health, Child labor, Sustainable Development, Maternal & Child Health, Reproductive health, etc. Sara also works as an adjunct faculty member at Independent University Bangladesh.

Research Interests

Population Health Urban Health Child Labor Sustainable Development Maternal & Child Health Reproductive Health etc.


  • M.S.S (University of Dhaka)
  • B.S.S(University of Dhaka)

Module(s) taught (in MPH)

  • MPH 521: Biostatistics
  • MPH-670 Public Health Nutrition

Selected publications

  • “Sara, H. H., Bayazid, A. R., & Quayyum, Z. (2022). Occupational Health Sufferings of Child Waste Workers in South Asia: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(14), 8628. Retrieved from”

  • “Jerin, D. T., Sara, H. H., Radia, M. A., Hema, P. S., Hasan, S., Urme, S. A., . . . Quayyum, Z. (2022). An overview of progress towards implementation of solid waste management policies in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Heliyon, 8(2), e08918. doi:”

  • “Azmi, R., Chowdhury, M. U., Sara, H. H., Biswas, S. C., Ahsan, S., Mowri, S. S., . . . Rashid, S. F. (2021). Factors Influencing Choices for Early Marriage in Urban Informal Settlements of Bangladesh. Progress in Development Studies, 21(3), 298-320. doi:10.1177/14649934211023003”

  • “Urme, S. A., Radia, M. A., Alam, R., Chowdhury, M. U., Hasan, S., Ahmed, S., . . . Quayyum, Z. (2021). Dhaka landfill waste practices: addressing urban pollution and health hazards. Build Cities, 2(1), 700-716. doi:10.5334/bc.108”

  • “Sara, H. H., Chowdhury, M. A. B., & Haque, M. A. (2018). Multimorbidity among elderly in Bangladesh. Aging Med (Milton), 1(3), 267-275. doi:10.1002/agm2.12047”

Full list of Publications

Current projects

  • Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities
  • Child Labor study


  • Awarded with an RTA fellowship by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).