PGF & DICE Project Conclusion & Impact

August 19, 2021

It is with excitement that we announce the successful end to two major DWW healthcare projects in Bangladesh: the PGF (Postgraduate Fellowship in Migrant & Refugee Health) Cohort E Programme, and the DICE (Doctors Worldwide Improving Care in Health Emergencies) Cohort B Programme. A big congratulations to all of the participants who committed their time and effort to improve their skills and knowledge on comprehensive healthcare topics in humanitarian primary care and emergency care. 

This programme enhanced access of the vulnerable Rohingya and local host population to comprehensive primary healthcare and emergency services in the makeshift settlements, with particular focus on quality improvement, reducing bottlenecks and improving efficiency, better management of non-communicable diseases and maternal/child/newborn health, and overall impacting the quality of healthcare being offered in the camps.

Doctors Worldwide Medical Faculty and Project Team in Bangladesh

Image description: our deployed medical faculty, in addition to our Training Programme Director, Dr Mir Ahmad (far right) and Field Coordinator, Sayeed Ahmed (second from the left).

We could not have achieved this milestone without our hardworking medical faculty and experts. We deployed 7 medical experts, with backgrounds in Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Gender-Based Violence & HIV, Paediatrics, Primary Care and Intensive Care and received support from 32 medical specialists online to contribute to both the PGF and DICE programmes. 

Postgraduate Fellowship in Migrant & Refugee Health

For our PGF programme, we recruited a mixed cohort of 30 Bangladeshi medical doctors, representing 7 different local, international & governmental organisations. They participated in 8 online learning modules consisting of: 

DWW PGF (postgraduate fellowship in migrant and refugee health) Training Session

Image: a PGF training session, pre-COVID19 lockdown restrictions

Speaking about her experience, Dr Sumaya Tasnim credited the PGF Programme for giving her the courage to do a Master’s in Public Health and pursue a career in humanitarian work, saying: PGF is unique in many ways. In all the training I had previously, they only focused on improving our clinical knowledge, but the PGF focused on our clinical and other skills and knowledge, including our leadership & governance class which was interesting. It provided us the opportunity to learn how to combat things that we are seeing – we did not know there is a path we can follow using different techniques. It has improved our knowledge.”

Dr Una Fahy conducting PGF (postgraduate fellowship in migrant and refugee health) Clinical Shadowing

Image: Dr Una Fahy during a PGF clinical shadowing session

Overall, with PGF:

DWW PGF Participant with Project Team

Image: (from left to right) Dr Mir Ahmad (Training Programme Director), a PGF participant, and Sayeed Ahmed (Field Coordinator)

Doctors Worldwide Improving Care in Health Emergencies

Through DICE, we trained a cohort consisting of 54 medical doctors, nurses, medical assistants and clinical managers representing UN IOM. They participated in various learning aspects of the DICE programme including DICE intensive lecture days (online), BLS (Basic Life Support) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) training, and clinical mentorship and facility improvement activities surrounding EU care. In addition, our team supported 3 emergency units in 24/7 clinics in the field through clinical mentorship and facility improvement plans to improve emergency care services.

Basic Life Support & Advance Life Support/healthcare training day

Image: equipment from a Basic Life Support & Advance Life Support training day with DICE participants 

Overall, with DICE:

Dr Das working with DICE Participants

Dr Indranil Das, an Emergency Medicine Specalist, working with DICE participants to improve the emergency unit layout of 24/7 Primary Care Centres

A big thank you to our partner IOM for supporting this work. 

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DICE & PGF: Photo Gallery

Dr Indranil Das with DICE Participants

Image description: Dr Indranil Das with DICE Participants

PGF Learning Day

Images: PGF Learning Days

PGF Clinical Shadowing with Dr Das

Image: Dr Das conducting clinical shadowing with PGF Participant

Medical Faculty & PGF Participants in Bangladesh

Image: (from left to right) Dr Hadi Mohseni (Paediatrics Specialist), Dr Nadia Ahmed (Sexual Reproductive Health/Gender Based Violence Specialist), two PGF participants and Sayeed Ahmed (Field Coordinator)

Dr Nadia with a PGF Participant, conducting clinical shadowing

Image: Dr Nadia with a PGF participant, conducting clinical shadowing

Dr Mir Ahmed teaching at Basic Life Support and Advance Life Support Training Day

Image: Dr Mir Ahmad (Training Programme Director) teaching at our Basic Life Support & Advance Life Support training day

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