Sabina Faiz Rashid, PhD

Adjunct Visiting Professor
Berlin School of Public Health
CHARITE, Berlin, Germany



• (2001‐2005) PhD, Medical Anthropology and Public Health The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia PhD in Medical Anthropology and Public Health
• (1996‐1998) Masters in Anthropology (Distinction) The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
• (1990‐1992) Bachelors in Anthropology School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


• (October 1, 2004- Present) James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dean & Professor
• (2007‐ Present) Adjunct Visiting Professor, Berlin School of Public Health, CHARITE, Berlin, Germany
• (February 2011‐Present) Visiting Professorial Lecturer in Global Health, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
• (June 1995‐June 1996) Grameen Bank, Grameen Trust, Programme for Poverty Alleviation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
• (June 1994‐June 1995) UNICEF, Communications, Dhaka, Bangladesh
• (October 1993‐1994; 1998‐2001) BRAC, Research and Evaluation Division, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Public Health.

Scientific Activities


• (February 2011‐August 2011) Fulbright Scholar Award
• (April 2006‐July 2006) Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
• (2001‐2004), Postgraduate Scholarship


• (2000-2002) Member of South Asia group – Building Partnership, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), Canada
• (2007-Present) Member of Coalition for Bodily and Sexual Rights (CSBR), Women for Womens Human Rights (WWHR) – NEW WAYS, Turkey
• (2009-Present) Member of Working Group, Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW), Bangladesh (National Civil Society to improve citizens health)
• (2010-Present) Member of Advisory Group, Sexuality and Development Programme, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK
• (2012-Present) Member of International Expert Group, World Population Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan



1. Bruce C, Rashid SF, Murthy S. The informal health sector and health care-seeking behavior of mothers in urban Dhaka slums. J Pop Research. 2014; 31: 111-129. doi: 10.1007/s12546-014-9127-3
2. Adams AM, Rabbani A, Ahmed S, et al. Explaining equity gains in child survival in Bangladesh: scale, speed, and selectivity in health and development. The Lancet. 2013; 382(9909): 2027-2037. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62060-7
3. Habib E, Khan TUH, Sarke M, et al. Exploring the Roles, Practices and Service Delivery Mechanism of Health Service Providers Regarding TB in Two Urban Slums of Dhaka. Current Urban Studies. 2013; 1(4): 139-147. doi: 10.4236/cus.2013.14015
4. Levay AV, Mumtaz Z, Rashid SF, Willows N. Influence of gender roles and rising food prices on poor, pregnant womens eating and food provisioning practices in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Reproductive Health. 2013, 10: 53. doi: 10.1186/1742-4755-10-53
5. Choudhury N, Moran AC, Alam MA, et al. Beliefs and practices during pregnancy and childbirth in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. BMC Public Health. 2012, 12: 791. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-791
6. Hasan MT, Khan NS, Akram O, Gomes TM, Rashid SF. Experiences of Discrimination among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh, Asia. Journal of Public Health. 2012; 3(2): l.
7. Hasan MT, Nath SR, Khan NS, et al. Internalized HIV/AIDS-related Stigma in a Sample of HIV-positive People in Bangladesh. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition. 2012; 30(1): 22-30.
8. Rashid SF. Human Rights and Reproductive Health: Political Realities and Pragmatic choices for Young Women Living in Urban Slums, Bangladesh. BMC. 2012.
9. Rashid SF, Akram O, Standing H. The sexual and reproductive health care market in Bangladesh: where do poor women go? Reproductive Health Matters. 2011; 19 (37): 1-11.
10. Rashid SF, Standing H, Mohiuddin M, Mahjabeen F. Creating a Public Space and Dialogue on Sexuality and Rights: A Case Study from Bangladesh. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2011; 9 (Suppl 1): S12.
11. Moran A, Choudhury N, Khan N, et al. Newborn care practices among slum dwellers in Dhaka, Bangladesh: a quantitative and qualitative exploratory study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2009; 9: 54. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-9-54
12. Rashid SF. Social Exclusion of Urban Slum Populations. Journal of Population, Health and Nutrition. 2009; 27(4).
13. Amit B, Hom M, Sabina R, Sally T. Experiences of abortion in Nepal and menstrual regulation in Bangladesh: a gender analysis. Gender & Development. 2008; 16(2): 257-272. doi: 10.1080/13552070802120434
14. Samia H, Rashid SF. “Refashioning Islam: Elite Women and Piety in Bangladesh, Contemporary Islam. 2008; 2(1).
15. Afsana K, Rashid S, Chowdhury AMR, Theobald S. Promoting maternal health: Gender equity and the BRAC experience in Bangladesh. British Journal of Midwifery. 2007; 15(11): 721.
16. Rashid SF. Accessing Married Adolescent Women: the realities of ethnographic research in an urban slums environment in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Field Methods. 2007; 19(4): 369-383. doi: 10.1177/1525822X07302882
17. Rashid SF. Durbolota (Weakness), Chinta rog (Worry Illness) and Poverty: Explanations of White Discharge among Married Adolescent Women in an Urban Slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 21(1): 108-132. doi: 10.1525/maq.2007.21.1.108
18. Rashid SF. Kal Dristi, Stolen Babies & Blocked Uteruses: Poverty & Infertility Anxieties among Married Adolescent Women Living in a Slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Anthropology & Medicine. 2007; 14(2): 153-166.
19. Rashid SF. Small Powers, Little Choice: Contextualizing Reproductive and Sexual Rights in Slums in Bangladesh. IDS Bulletin. 2006; 37(5): 69-76. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2006.tb00305.x
20. Rashid SF. Emerging Changes in Reproductive Behavior among Married Adolescent Girls in an Urban Slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Reproductive Health Matters. 2006; 14(27): 151-159. doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(06)27221-5
21. Afsana K, Rashid SF. The Challenges of Meeting Rural Bangladeshi Womens Needs in Delivery Care. Reproductive Health Matters. 2001; 9(18): 79-89.
22. Rashid SF, Hadi A, Kaosar A, Begum Ara S. Acute respiratory infections in rural Bangladesh: cultural practices, understandings, and the role of mothers and community health volunteers. Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2001; 6(4): 249-255. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3156.2001.00702.x
23. Rashid SF. Indigenous Notions of the Workings of the Body: Conflicts and Dilemmas with Norplant Use in Rural Bangladesh. Qualitative Health Research. 2001; 11(1): 85-102. doi: 10.1177/104973201129118957
24. Rashid SF. Indigenous Understandings of the Workings of the Body and Contraceptive Use amongst Rural Women in Bangladesh. South Asian Anthropologist. 1(1): 57-70.
25. Rashid SF, Chowdhury AMR, Khan S. Reaching reproductive health knowledge to rural adolescents in Bangladesh; learning from BRAC. Social Change. Issues and Perspectives. 2001; 31(3): 65-83.
26. Rashid SF. The Urban Poor: their Struggles and Coping Strategies during the Floods of 1998. Disasters. 2000; 24(3): 240-253.
27. Rashid SF, Michaud S. Female Adolescents and their sexuality: notions of honor, shame, purity and pollution during the floods. Disasters. 2000; 24(1): 54-70.
28. Rashid SF. Providing Sex Education to Rural Adolescents in Bangladesh: Experiences from BRAC. Gender and Development. 2000; 8(2): 28-38.
29. Rashid SF. Social Interaction and the Diffusion of knowledge: BRACs Adolescent Reproductive Health Education Program in the Rural Areas of Bangladesh. Regional Health Forum WHO South-East Region. 2000; 4(1&2).


1. Rashid SF, Akram O. Pornography, Pleasure, Gender and Sex Education in Bangladesh. IDS Sexuality and Development Programme. Institute of Development Studies, UK, 2014.
2. Rashid, SF, Gani MS, Sarker M. Urban Poverty, Climate Change and Health Risks for Slum Dwellers in Bangladesh. In: Shaw R, Mallick F, Islam A, eds. Climate Change Adaptation Actions in Bangladesh. Tokyo: Springer Japan, 2013: 51-70.
3. Nasima S, Rashid SF. Editorial. Community health concerns: Qualitative research in rural Bangladesh. BRAC University Journal Special Issue, 2012.
4. Rashid SF, Akram W, Anam M. Sex, Pornography and Medicines in the Markets of Dhaka, in Technologies of Sexuality, Identity and Sexual Health, ed, Lenore Manderson, in Culture, Health Series, Routledge, 2012.
5. Standing H, Rashid SF, Akram O. In: Bloom G, Peters D, eds. Informal markets in sexual and reproductive health services and commodities in rural and urban Bangladesh. Earthscan Publishers, 2012.
6. Rashid SF. Pornography, Pleasure and Sex Education in Bangladesh. In: Jolly S, Cornwall A, Hawkins K, eds. Sex and International Development: The Power of Pleasure. Zed Publications, Limited, UK, 2012.
7. Rashid SF. Durbolota (Weakness), Chinta Rog, (Worry Illness), and Poverty. Explanations of White Discharge among Married Adolescent Women in an Urban Slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In: Lamb S, Mines D, eds. Everyday Life in South Asia, Indiana University Press, 2010.
8. Rashid SF. Quality of Care and Pregnancy Terminations: Ensuring Reproductive Rights for Adolescent women in Urban Slums, Bangladesh. In: Whittaker A, ed. Abortion in Asia, Global Realities and Local Dilemmas, Berghahn publishers, 2010.
9. Mohiuddin M, Islam MM, Nahar N, Rashid SF, Ahmed F. Pharmaceutical promotions: regulatory provisions, status of enforcement, awareness and compliance, in How Healthy are Health Sector Governance? Bangladesh Health Watch report, 2009.
10. Afsana K, Rashid SF. “Constructions of Birth: Rural, Poor Women facing Challenges in Socio-cultural and Political context of Bangladesh. In: Selin H, eds. Childbirth Across Cultures, Springer Publications, USA, 2009.
11. Rashid SF. Small Powers, Little Choice: Contextualising Reproductive and Sexual Rights in Slums in Bangladesh. In: Cornwall A, Correa S, Jolly S, eds. Development with a Body-Sexualities, Development and Human Rights, Zed Publications, UK, 2008.
12. Iqbal K, Rashid SF, Hossain A, Mohuiddin M. The Issue of Quality in Care, in Health Workforce in Bangladesh. Who Constitutes the Healthcare System? The State of Health in Bangladesh 2007, Bangladesh Health Watch, 2008.
13. Afsana K, Rashid SF. Voice and Accountability. The State of Health in Bangladesh 2006. Abridged Report. Bangladesh Health Watch 2006, BRAC Publications, Dhaka, 2006. 14. Rashid SF. Women, Gender and Virginity: Discourses and Practices in South Asia, in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Volume III, [general ed] Suad Joseph and senior acquisitions. In: Kondgen O, eds. Brill Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, 2006.
15. Rashid SF. Women, Gender and Sexualities: Practices in South Asia, in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Volume III, [general ed] Suad Joseph and senior acquisitions. In: Kondgen O, eds. Brill Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, 2005.
16. Afsana K, Rashid SF. A women-centered analysis of birthing care in a rural health centre in Bangladesh in: Access to quality gender-sensitive health services: women-centered action research. Kuala Lumpur: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women, ARROW. 2003: 43-60.
17. Rashid SF. Communicating with rural adolescents about sex education: experiences from BRAC, Bangladesh – Section X: Family Life and Sex Education, in Towards Adulthood: Exploring the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in South Asia. Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization. 2003: 244.
18. Rashid SF. Womens bodies and health: Norplant use in Bangladesh. In: Ahmed Z, Chowdhury M, eds. Practice: Compilation of Papers, Jahangirnagar University [funded by Ford Foundation], Bangladesh [Bengali edition], 2000.