Bangladesh Scientists Sharpen Writing and Mentorship Skills

Mentoring in Bangladesh recently broadened its reach when the "mentee," Principal Scientist Mushtuq Husain, became the mentor by helping coordinate and lead a workshop on mentorship and scientific writing skills and presentations for his fellow scientists. The results were 11 scientific abstracts, suitable for presentation at a meeting or submission to a journal. Topics ranged from hospital-based surveillance for typhoid fever to adverse effects of drugs used for multidrug-resistant tuberculosisl. The group worked as a team to draft most of a five-year report on Bangladesh's IEDCR, with overall directoion of the work of the IEDCR staff provided by IEDCR Director Mahmudar Rahman. In addition, the workshop covered case studies and local models of mentorship.

Dr. Husain has worked closely with his mentor, Dr. Oman Khan, over the past two years to develop his scientific writing prowess and has since had scientific 

Workshop Leaders
Workshop leaders from left were Tim Brookes, Mushtuq Husain, Omar Khan, and Mahmud Rahman.  

papers published. He and Dr. Khan are among six mentor-mentee pairs  in IANPHI's Mentorship Program, which facilitates active partnerships between experienced public health professionals and promising current or potential national public health institute (NPHI) leaders. This program is part of an ongoing IANPHI effort to provide a career path for public health professionals through training in strategic leadership and management, providing them with public health tools, training, and support they need to develop their full potential.

Guest speakers were senior  professionals based in Bangladesh who will provide invaluable future networking opportunities for IEDCR staff, says Dr. Khan.

The following abstracts were presented during the final day:

  • Hospital-based surveillance for typhoid fever in Bangladesh- Khorsed Ara
  • An outbreak of mass psychogenic Illness (MPI) in a female orphanage in Bangladesh– Selina Khatun
  • Community mobilisation as a tool for curbing an outbreak of Nipah in Bangladesh -M. Mushtuq Husain
  • An entomological investigation of the first chikungunya outbreak in Bangladesh- Nuzhat Nasreen Banu
  • HIV serological surveillance in IDU population 2010-11 – Imtiaz Ashraf Chowdhury
  • Adverse effects of drugs used for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR – TB) in Bangladesh: Findings from the DOTS-Plus pilot project -Asif Mujtaba Mahmud
  • Soil transmitted helminths (STH) in Bangladeshi children: results of a study among children aged 2-17 years in Dhaka –Sultana S. Banu
  • Socio-economic factors influencing women’s age at first birth in Bangladesh – Shafiqur Rahman
  • Maternal socioeconomic factors influencing DPT3 adherence in Bangladesh- Rukhsana Shaheen
  • Policymaking in Bangladesh: lessons from hepatitis B immunization policy analysis- Farhana Haque
  • Preparedness of Bangladesh for implementation of IHR 2005- Mujaddeed Ahmed

"We, at IEDCR are very much impressed by the outcome of the mentorship program of IANPHI" says Dr. Rahman. "The mentorship program has developed qualitatively the IANPHI Fellow (Dr. Husain), and in turn it has facilitated the development of IEDCR as an institution." 

Bangladesh Participants

Some Resources on How to Write a Scientific Paper

  • The World Health Organization Style Manual
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases (CDC) Editorial Style Guide
  • The pathway to publishing: a guide to quantitative scientific writing
  • Health & Human Rights Style Guide